When big rigs don’t obey traffic signs, the consequences may be deadly. In this case, one man was killed.
It shouldn’t have happened. A big rig barreling down a feeder roadway toward the Interstate, trying to make time to get his load to its destination, blew a stop sign. In doing that, the trucker pulled out right in front of a 68-year-old man on his way to work. The car had no place to go but into the side of the semi. It was a case of being the in the wrong place at the wrong time.
This hypothetical case wound up with both vehicles in a tangled mass in the middle of the roadway, shutting down the Interstate while the police and emergency crews cleaned the mess up. The 68-year-old driver of the car was taken to hospital only to be pronounced DOA. The 38-year-old trucker, who was amazingly unharmed after the wreck, was charged with failing to stop at a stop sign.
This is a perfect example of a wrongful death case and a significant reason to consult with a skilled Austin personal injury attorney immediately. In cases like this, time is of the essence, particularly when it comes to preserving the evidence. There are items like police reports, insurance reports, accident reconstruction reports, eyewitness statements, and a whole slew of things that need to be handled pretty much immediately.
Waiting too long to file a wrongful death case may also mean that the Statute of Limitations runs out and you are barred from filing a case. So be aware that in order to get justice in a case like this, and to ensure financial security for your family, a wrongful death lawsuit needs to be filed as quickly as possible by your Austin personal injury attorney.
Other factors that may make a difference in the amount of the award handed out would relate to whether or not the trucker has been drinking and driving, whether he was under the influence of drugs (either street or prescription), was not paying attention to the road because he was on a cell phone or texting, or was speeding and couldn’t stop in time. Only the results of the police investigation and the attorney’s private investigator (if required) will fill in the blanks on cases like this.
If you or someone you love was seriously injured or killed in an 18-wheeler accident, don’t wait too long to speak to a dedicated and seasoned personal injury attorney. Justice will be yours with a skilled Austin personal injury attorney by your side fighting for justice.