The Big Rig Ran a Stop Sign

This case is about a big rig that ran a stop sign and plowed into an SUV. The result was a severely injured passenger and a dead driver.

It happened without warning; something that the local residents of the area said would happen – an ugly and very messy fatality as the result of a big rig running a stop sign. The intersection where the accident took place was controlled by a 2-way stop sign; something the area residents said no one paid attention to at any time. In fact, it was common for no one to stop at that particular intersection, stop sign or not.

The huge 18-wheeler was barreling along the road that led to the two-way stop, blew the stop sign and t-boned a mid-sized SUV being driven by an 18-year-old high school girl. The driver was air lifted to a hospital in an attempt to save her life. She died on the way to the hospital. The 19-year-old passenger did survive the crash, but sustained life altering injuries.

The stop sign issue aside, this accident points out a variety of issues involved in big rig crashes, not the least of which is the ever present question of negligence on the part of the truck driver, who owned the truck; the precise details of the accident; the repair and maintenance log of the truck; and other issues such as the health of the rig’s driver. For example, was the driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving while texting, speeding, or was the stop sign obliterated with trees or did the brakes fail?

Even though in this case the driver was issued with a citation for careless driving, there were also other charges pending regarding the death of the teenage driver. The girl’s family and the surviving passenger need to speak to an experienced Austin personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Time is of the essence in cases like this, as you don’t want evidence to be destroyed, damaged or erased by the elements.

In the case of the young driver, a wrongful death suit may be filed even if a criminal lawsuit is involved at a later date. There are different burdens of proof in each court, and it is often easier to get a judgment in a civil court. The surviving passenger would likely be in a good position to file a personal injury suit to recoup damages for pain and suffering, medical bills, mental anguish, therapy and where fitting, punitive damages.

If you or a loved one has been in an accident like this one, then you need to speak to a skilled Austin personal injury attorney to find out what your rights are and how to pursue your potential case through the courts to justice.

Beverly Aylmer writes for Lee, Gober & Reyna. If you need an Austin truck accident injury lawyer, contact an Austin personal injury attorney from Lee, Gober & Reyna.