AUSTIN TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER
Award Winning Truck Accident Lawyers With More Than 30 Years of Experience
A boutique law firm specializing in commercial and trucking accidents
My name is Steven Lee, and I am an Austin Truck Accident Lawyer. Unlike larger law firms, you will not be lost in the shuffle when working with my law firm. We are a small law firm specializing in commercial truck accidents.
We are based right here 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
For more than 30 years, Steven Lee has been helping people in need. 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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
HOW ARE DAMAGES CALCULATED?
Truck accidents can be very serious with very serious consequences including death. The injuries sustained by victims of a trucking accident can take months or years to recover from — if at all. Some of the more common and costly injuries include:
- Spinal & Neck Injuries
- Back & Rib Issues
- Broken Bones & Dental Injuries
- Internal Organ Injuries
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Loss of Limbs (Amputations)
- Brain Injuries
The impact of a truck accidents does not stop at with physical injuries. The cost of a truck accident can also have a tremendous impact on your ability to work and earn an income. You also need to be compensated for the following damages should they apply:
- Medical Bills – Medical expenses stemming from a truck accident can be very costly and can often create a huge financial burden for victims.
- Pain and Suffering – Pain and suffering is the legal term for the physical and emotional stress caused from an injury. Some damages that might come under this category would be: aches, temporary and permanent limitations on activity, potential shortening of life, depression, disfigurement or scarring.
- Lost Wages and Income – Truck accidents can often cause people to miss work while they recover from injuries which creates stress and financial burdens.
- Disability – A disability is a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities. As truck accidents can be quite severe, permanent disability can occur leading to a complete loss of lifestyle and employment.
- Reduced Earning Capacity – Should an injury be severe enough, a truck accident victim may experience a reduced earning capacity due to physical or emotional issue.
The amount you may be awarded is calculated by adding up the value of your medical bills, lost wages, and other financial losses related to the truck accident. The severity of your injuries and the long-term impact of those injuries are factored in to the overall damages you may win.
Pain and suffering is also included in the calculation of your damages. Pain and suffering is usually computed by multiplying the amount of your medical bills by a factor between 1 and 5; a higher multiplier representing a longer-term impact of the accident on your well being.
But, also included in the calculation is your liability and exact involvement in the accident. Should you be negligent or a cause of the accident, your damages may be effected.
Beware. The insurance companies will try to take advantage of you. The responsibility of insurance companies is to their shareholders. Not you. Insurance agents will try to low ball you on settlement offers because they are paid to keep payouts low. Insurance companies know that the process is complicated, and they will use the process against you.
Given the complex nature of calculating damages, it is critical that you speak with a qualified lawyer that specializes in Truck Accidents. Steven C. Lee & Associates will evaluate every aspect of your accident and fight for full compensation for you and your family.
WHY DO YOU NEED A 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
Although truck accidents in Austin only account for a small amount of all of the traffic accidents, they require special consideration because of their potential
We are here to help you, and we understand that the legal terms can be confusing at first. To assist with that, we have complied a short list and explanation of some of the more important truck accident legal terms you may hear along the way.