AUSTIN TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER

Award Winning Truck Accident Lawyers With More Than 30 Years of Experience

A boutique law firm specializing in commercial trucking accidents

My name is Steven C. Lee, and we are a personal injury law firm specializing in Austin Truck Accidents

We are based in Austin, and you will receive VIP treatment from my team.  We have won thousands of cases for clients ranging from $100,000 to $7,500,000.

If you have been in a commercial vehicle or trucking accident, time is critical.  The trucking companies are already working against you.  Call me right now, and let’s get started today.  

– Steven C. Lee

ABOUT TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER STEVEN LEE

Steven Lee - Austin Truck Accident Lawyer
Steven Lee - Austin Truck Accident Attorney

Experienced

For more than 30 years, Steven Lee has been helping people in need of assistance with commercial vehicle and truck accidents. Steve is a graduate of The University Of Texas at Austin School of Law, where he earned a Doctorate of Jurisprudence. After graduating he worked for several boutique law firms specializing in Personal Injury and Criminal Defense. In 1995 Steve started Steven C. Lee & Associates in Austin, Texas. He has been fighting for his clients’ rights and due justice ever since. As of 2015, Steve has become recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the nation and specializes in truck accidents.

Dedicated

Steven Lee is licensed to practice throughout the State of Texas, the United States Federal Court for the Western District, and the United States Supreme Court. He also believes in giving back to the community. Steve is a board member of The Care Communities, an organization committed to providing care and comfort to those facing life threatening illnesses. He and his office have also adopted a portion of Bouldin Creek through Keep Austin Beautiful (KAB).

Proven Results

As an Austin truck accident lawyer, Steven C. Lee has handled hundreds of cases through settlement and trial. In doing so he has recovered many millions of dollars for his clients, including $7,500,000 for the victim of a trucking accident in 2016. His hard work and success in the courtroom have earned him a spot in the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is also a member of The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers, the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association, and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

Helpful Tips for Austin Truck Accident Victims

Tips provided by Austin Truck Accident Lawyer, Steven C. Lee.

THE TRUTH ABOUT AUSTIN TRUCK ACCIDENTS

Texas highways are home to thousands of commercial trucks and 18 wheelers. When they cause accidents, it is almost always due to negligence. Our local Austin truck accident lawyers can prove it.

Steven C. Lee is a respected Austin Truck Accident Lawyer and his experienced team will fight for you and your loved ones.

LEARN THE FACTS

Truck drivers and companies must follow strict state and federal guidelines. When they don't, severe injuries and even deaths are often the result. Our team has the experience and the know-how to review the facts of your case and find evidence of negligence. Reserve your free case review now.

HIRE GOOD LAWYERS

People are often hesitant to hire lawyers, because they think it will cost a lot of money. At Steven C. Lee & Associates, we don't charge any out of pocket fees. We have decades of experience winning cases against trucking companies, and only charge fees when we've won your case.

FOCUS ON RECOVERY

The most important thing you can be doing after a trucking accident is recovering - both physically and emotionally. When you hire our experienced truck accident lawyers, we take the burden of filing paperwork and fighting with the insurance companies off of your back.

RECEIVE COMPENSATION

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or loss of life due to the negligence or errors of a commercial trucker or trucking company, you are entitled to compensation. How much you get depends on the circumstances of the case, as well as the experience of the attorneys you hire.

The commercial trucking companies always try to turn the process into a marathon in order to grind people down and wear them out. My law firm is here to make sure that doesn't happen.

Steven Lee, Austin Truck Accident Attorney

PROVING NEGLIGENCE

Trucking companies have many types of regulations to follow, such as hiring, training, drug testing, inspections, maintenance, drivers’ hours, and record keeping. All that it takes to prove negligence is showing that the trucking company or driver was violating at least one of them when your accident took place.  Austin Truck Accident Lawyer Steven C. Lee will help you every step of the way.

TRUCK ACCIDENT FACTORS

Negligence That Leads To Accidents

Trucking companies and their insurance providers typically have damage control personnel who are trained to respond to accidents. In many cases an insurance adjuster will ask that you give a recorded statement about the accident and your injuries. In too many cases, truck accident victims unintentionally hurt their claims by making assumptions or incorrect statements about how the accident occurred, or even by downplaying their injuries.

FAILURE TO MEET REGULATIONS

State & Federal Regulations Matter

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires drivers to rest at least 10 hours between shifts. Drivers aren’t permitted to drive more than 60 hours per week, or more than 11 hours in one day, or to work more than 14 hours in a 24 hour period. Drivers must be physically examined regularly, must pass drug tests, and must submit logs on each trip. If they broke any of these rules, we’ll find out.

HOW AN ATTORNEY CAN HELP

What We Can Do For You

Our legal team can inspect and preserve evidence at the crash scene, measure skid marks and evaluate the damage to the vehicles, obtain witness statements, examine the elog that records speed and other vital details about the driver’s actions, examine the driver’s GPS system, obtain and review the records of inspections, take photographs of the scene and of the vehicles involved, plus more. All without upfront fees.

We need to move quick in order to preserve evidence from the scene. Don't delay, call today!

What People Say About Us

Reviews & Testimonials

5/5

"You can't win against massive commercial trucks on the roads, but when you hire our experienced truck accident lawyers, you can win in court."

— Austin Truck Accident Lawyer, Steven C. Lee.

HOW TO HANDLE A TRUCK ACCIDENT IN AUSTIN

It is vital that you call Steven C. Lee, an experienced Austin Truck Accident Lawyer, following a truck accident. Time is of the essence when building a strong case. We are fully prepared to take immediate action to represent you in your personal injury claim.

DON'T RUSH TO GIVE A STATEMENT

Do not give a statement to anyone other than law enforcement officials without talking to an attorney first. Insurance adjusters only ask you questions to find out how little they can pay you, not how much. Let us talk to them for you.

HAVE THE FACTS INVESTIGATED

It's not always obvious when a truck accident is the fault of the trucking company or driver. Only by reviewing the facts and evidence can you know for sure. That's exactly what we do on every truck accident case our firm takes.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT LAWYERS

Your truck accident lawyers should be knowledgeable about state and federal regulations that govern trucking operations. They should also have a team of experts who can review and reconstruct the scene. Experience is key.

RECOVER FROM THE TRUCK ACCIDENT

Truck accidents are emotionally, financially, and physically stressful ordeals. Moving on with your life & healing should be your number one concern. Securing for you the highest degree of justice and compensation will be ours.

WHY CHOOSE STEVEN C. LEE AS YOUR AUSTIN TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEY?

For 30 years, Austinites have turned to one personal injury firm to secure them maximum compensation for their commercial truck accident claims. That law firm is Steven C. Lee and Associates. We have the experience, focus, and dedication to hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence.

COMMON CAUSES OF AUSTIN TRUCK ACCIDENTS

The leading cause of truck accidents in Austin and surrounding areas is negligence.  Negligence is a legal term that describes the failure to use reasonable care, resulting in damage or injury to another.  Here are a few of the more common forms of negligence that lead to trucking accidents including those of delivery vehicles.

Speeding:  Large trucks are difficult to maneuver quickly including stopping.  Failure to maintain safe speeds often leads to a loss of control or an inability to stop safely.

Fatigued Driver:  Truck drivers are required by federal law to only drive a certain number of hours per week.  As the enforcement of these regulations is difficult to police, trucking companies often push drivers for more hours on the road with unrealistic schedules.  Tired, exhausted drivers are not as responsive as they need to be behind the wheel of a large truck.

Improperly Maintained Trucks/Trailers:  Truck accidents are not always caused by drivers.  Sometimes there are equipment malfunctions that lead to truck accidents.  Such equipment failures can involve braking systems, steering issues, tire blowout, engine failure, trailer brake lights, and load balance.

Distracted Driving: Distractions while driving are quickly growing as one of the leading causes of truck accidents as well as delivery vehicle accidents.  Distracted driving usually is caused by drivers paying more attention to their phones than the road.

Drunk Driving:  Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be a contributing factor in truck accidents.  

Insufficient Driver Training:  Drivers are required to have a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and demonstrate the ability to operate trucks in a safe and professional manner.  But not all drivers have their CDL, and not all drivers have the appropriate training to drive professionally.

Third Party Interference:  In some cases a third party can cause an accident.  For example, a sports car cuts-off a large truck with no room to spare leading to a multi-vehicle collision.  In such cases, there may be multiple parties responsible for your accident, and they all may owe you compensation.

Bad Weather:  Weather can also have an impact on truck accidents here in Austin due to high winds, water on roads, icy bridge conditions, and heavy rain.  Even hotter weather in the Texas summer can lead to blowouts on truck tires due to excessive road temperatures on worn tires.

Austin Truck Accident Lawyer, Steven C. Lee, will help you understand every aspect of your case.

WHY DO YOU NEED AN AUSTIN TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER?

Truck accidents are not the same as a car accident. Truck accidents are far more complicated and often involve state and federal regulations.  But the biggest challenge is proving liability in a truck accident claim.

Liability is essentially determining who caused the accident; what party is at fault.  Holding the correct party responsible for damages is critical to your compensation.  Without a clear determination of liability, damages may not be awarded.

You need the experienced legal team of Steven C. Lee & Associates to help you through this process.

Trucking accidents can often involve one than one individual or business entity.  For example, a truck driver may be hired through a company that transfers and ships equipment or items, but the driver may also work as an independent contractor without a connection to company. In these situations, the trucker may remain solely liable for the incident. 

Knowing these various scenarios is vital for you in seeking compensation. Steven C. Lee will investigate all aspects of your case to determine who is at fault.

Identifying the Responsible Party

In truck accidents, there are several parties that may be liable for your accident. 

  • Truck Manufacturer: If the truck manufacturer created the vehicle with a defect, this could lead to the cause of an accident.
  • Equipment Manufacturer: Another manufacturer that made the tires, ropes or pulleys could have a defect that leads to an accident.
  • The Trucking Company: The agency or company that hires the trucker may not perform inspections correctly or routinely leading to negligent accidents.
  • Other Third Parties: If the trucking company cuts corners, the employer or company may hold liability in the accident. Then, there are third parties that could have some connection to the collision. The last person is the trucker, and they may possess full responsibility or share it with another party.

The Truck Driver

The truck driver may be fully liable for the accident if they are breaking the law, having an operational issue with the truck, distracted while drive, or consuming drugs or alcohol.  It may also be the driver’s fault if they are driving long hours in a single trip, driving at night, drowsy driving or experiencing a  health conditions/issue.  In most cases, the truck driver is to blame.

The Trucking Company

The company that hires a truck driver may also be the responsible party.  But proving this can be difficult as it must be proved that an inspection was incomplete, the company was cutting corners around safety, pushing drivers to work longer hours, etc.  Some of our investigations have revealed that trucking companies share liability in incidents due to faulty equipment or cutting corners to shorten delivery times.  

The Owner of the Truck

In some cases ,the trucking company does not own the truck but uses it and provides the vehicle for a trucker.  In these cases, the owner may hold liability in a trucking incident.  The owner of the truck must maintain the truck and keep in safe working order. There are federal regulations that govern the inspection and maintenance of commercial trucks. If these steps are not followed, the owner of the truck can be liable.

The Cargo Loader

Truck accidents can also be caused by the cargo loaders,  For example, the loader did not fully inspect the cargo or did not secure it properly.  In these incidents, the cargo loader may be fully liable for causing the accident.

Determining liability is complicated and requires an experienced legal team that understands every aspect of trucking accidents.

At Steven C. Lee & Associates, we have extensive experience investigating and litigating complex commercial trucking accident claims.  We understand the tactics used by insurance companies to try to complicate matters and their strategies to reduce or deny your claims.  We are here to help you.  Give us a call today!

AUSTIN TRUCK ACCIDENT ARTICLES

Guide to Truck Accidents in Austin
Austin 18-wheeler Accidents

How To Avoid Austin Truck Accidents

There were 20,490 accidents involving large trucks and buses in Texas in 2019, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Unfortunately, those accidents caused 12,457 injuries and 729 fatalities. Statistics like that are enough to make you want to avoid the roads altogether. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk

Continue Reading »
What to Do After Tractor Trailer or 18-Wheel Truck Accidents in Austin
Austin 18-wheeler Accidents

Common Myths About Austin Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are often misunderstood primarily because of the myths that surround them. If you believe some of the common myths, it might prevent you from taking the necessary action against the at-fault party. Let’s go over some common myths about Austin truck accidents, so you’ll have the information you need to take the next

Continue Reading »
Guide to Truck Accidents in Austin
Austin 18-wheeler Accidents

Austin Hit And Run Accidents – What To Do

Protect Yourself Against Austin Hit-and-Runs All car accidents are frustrating and frightening, but hit-and-run accidents add another layer of emotion. You can’t believe that someone would hit you and leave the scene of the crime, and you aren’t sure what to do. There are steps you can take after a hit-and-run accident to help you

Continue Reading »
What to Do After Tractor Trailer or 18-Wheel Truck Accidents in Austin
Austin 18-wheeler Accidents

Common Causes Of Austin Delivery Accidents

There are more delivery vehicles on Austin roads than ever before such as Amazon, UPS, FedEx and now delivery services such as Uber, Instacart and more. Drivers deliver groceries, prepared meals, and personal items to people around the city. As the volume of orders increases, it makes sense that delivery vehicle accidents are on the

Continue Reading »
Determining Liability in Truck Accidents in Austin
Austin 18-wheeler Accidents

Austin Truck Accidents – Frequently Asked Questions

Commercial trucks are a staple on the interstates in Austin. You likely drive past 18-wheelers on a daily basis without giving it much thought. However, that can change in an instant if you’re in an accident with an 18-wheeler. These massive trucks can cause lots of damage, including horrific injuries. Get answers to common questions

Continue Reading »
car-accident-lawyers
Austin Car Accidents

Myths About Austin, TX Car Accidents

Myths about Car Accidents It’s normal to feel confused and unsure of the legal process when you’re in an Austin, TX, car accident. That uncertainty can cause you to make some mistakes when filing a claim. Learn the truth behind the common Austin, TX, car accident claim myths so you’ll understand the process. Myth –

Continue Reading »

AUSTIN TRUCK ACCIDENT INFOGRAPHIC

The infographic below was created by Austin Truck Accident Lawyer, Steven C. Lee, to help you visualize the common recommendations if you have been in a truck accident.

Austin Truck Accidents - Helpful Tips - Steven C. Lee & Associatates

Here are a few other Truck Accident Resources