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Trucker error may have lead to serious crash, injuries

Traveling the roads in any major city can be a dangerous undertaking, and Austin is no exception. When heavy commercial and construction traffic increase the hazards, trucker error can lead to potentially life-threatening injuries. One recent wreck sent a victim to a medical center with critical injuries.

The collision occurred in the late evening hours on a recent weeknight. Police and emergency crews were called to a wreck between a large construction vehicle and a smaller sports car. Purportedly, the accident was caused by a dump truck driver who may have neglected to yield the right-of-way at an intersection.

The dump truck, which was reportedly carrying a full load, was traveling in the southbound lanes when it smashed into the right-hand side of the car that was already in the intersection. The driver of the automobile was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of his critical injuries. It was not disclosed if the dump truck driver suffered any injuries in the wreck.

Austin police have not completed their investigation, and it is unclear if the driver of the construction vehicle will face any criminal charges. The victim in this wreck may face a long and difficult recovery -- provided he does not succumb to his injuries. If he survives he may elect to file a personal injury civil suit against the driver of the dump truck. These lawsuits are filed in an attempt to recover the substantial monetary damages that one sustains after a serious accident. When a victim is killed due to an accident caused by trucker error or other actions on the part of another party, the surviving family may seek a wrongful death claim against the individuals responsible for their significant losses.

Source: kxan.com, "Man critically injured in crash involving dump truck near Loop 360 Bridge", Andy Jechow, July 13, 2017

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