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Truck crash caused one injury on FM 973

AUSTIN, TX- Officials responded to calls for a vehicle rescue due to a truck crash on FM 973 on Monday morning, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services.

The collision was reported near the 3308-3428 block of FM 973 at approximately 4:24am. Two trucks crashed and pinned one victim inside, causing non-life threatening injuries. The victim was extricated by officials and transported to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center for treatment.

The Austin personal injury attorneys of Gibson Hill understand how difficult it is recover from the aftermath of a serious accident. We have helped people face these challenges and have guided them through the legal system's complexities in order to help them receive the best medical treatment available as well as financial compensation. Call 512-580-8334 for a free consultation today.

Note: Serious accidents happen every day in Texas. Our blog serves as a reminder of this devastating fact and we hope that increased awareness of the risks we all face every day helps us take further steps towards prevention. Our posts are sourced from local news outlets and are updated frequently. Should you find details that are out of date or incorrect, please let us know so we may update the post to contain the most current information.

Lanes closed on US 183 after truck collision

AUSTIN, TX- A truck accident on US 183 southbound closed lanes early Wednesday, according to the Austin area Texas Department of Transportation.

The crash was reported by traffic officials at approximately 5:45am. One of multiple lanes were closed overnight due to the collision. No further information about any relevant details or related injuries has been released at this time. We will be monitoring for information as it becomes available.

We will update with new information if released.

The Austin personal injury attorneys of Gibson Hill understand how difficult it is recover from the aftermath of a serious accident. We have helped people face these challenges and have guided them through the legal system's complexities in order to help them receive the best medical treatment available as well as financial compensation. Call 512-580-8334 for a free consultation today.

Note: Serious accidents happen every day in Texas. Our blog serves as a reminder of this devastating fact and we hope that increased awareness of the risks we all face every day helps us take further steps towards prevention. Our posts are sourced from local news outlets and are updated frequently. Should you find details that are out of date or incorrect, please let us know so we may update the post to contain the most current information.

Crash affects traffic on RM 1826 at RM 967

AUSTIN, TX- A crash happened on RM  1826 at Rm 967 on the afternoon of October 26, TxDOT Austin reports.

We do not know anything else about the crash at this time.

Authorities have not released further information about the crash at this time.

The Austin personal injury attorneys of Gibson Hill understand how difficult it is recover from the aftermath of a serious accident. We have helped people face these challenges and have guided them through the legal system's complexities in order to help them receive the best medical treatment available as well as financial compensation. Call 512-580-8334 for a free consultation today.

Note: Serious accidents happen every day in Texas. Our blog serves as a reminder of this devastating fact and we hope that increased awareness of the risks we all face every day helps us take further steps towards prevention. Our posts are sourced from local news outlets and are updated frequently. Should you find details that are out of date or incorrect, please let us know so we may update the post to contain the most current information.

One pinned and injured after truck accident on State Highway 130

PFLUGERVILLE, TX- One victim was pinned and injured after a truck accident on State Highway 130 Monday afternoon, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services.

The collision occurred near the 4500 block of the South State Highway 130 lanes. One victim was trapped and pinned in the vehicle, and officials arrived to the scene of the collision to extricate them. They were subsequently transported to St. David’s South Austin for treatment for serious injuries.

No further information is known at this time. We will be monitoring for updates.

The Austin personal injury attorneys of Gibson Hill understand how difficult it is recover from the aftermath of a serious accident. We have helped people face these challenges and have guided them through the legal system's complexities in order to help them receive the best medical treatment available as well as financial compensation. Call 512-580-8334 for a free consultation today.

Note: Serious accidents happen every day in Texas. Our blog serves as a reminder of this devastating fact and we hope that increased awareness of the risks we all face every day helps us take further steps towards prevention. Our posts are sourced from local news outlets and are updated frequently. Should you find details that are out of date or incorrect, please let us know so we may update the post to contain the most current information.

How Does Fatigue Affect Truck Accidents?

Fatigue can significantly impair a person’s driving abilities. It interferes with judgment, reaction time, coordination, and vision. Additionally, a tired driver could fall asleep at the wheel and drift into oncoming traffic.

Fatigued driving is particularly dangerous when it involves a truck driver. Commercial trucks are massive and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. During a collision, the extra weight exerts an extreme force on passenger cars and the occupants. An accident like this can lead to debilitating injuries and death.

Why Fatigued Driving Is Dangerous

Fatigue affects a driver’s cognitive and physical functioning. It can cause a range of symptoms that prevent the driver from operating their commercial truck safely. The most common symptoms include:

  • Being easily distracted
  • Slower reaction time
  • Poor judgment
  • Inattention
  • Altered sensory perception
  • Blurry vision
  • Trouble noticing or understanding traffic signs and signals
  • Impaired motor skills and muscle control
  • Poor decision-making skills
  • Loss of coordination
  • Inability to recognize hazards
  • Loss of consciousness

Driving a commercial truck requires focus and attention at all times. It’s a large vehicle that could cause destruction and catastrophic injuries in an accident. Any of these symptoms could cause the truck driver to lose control and crash into a nearby car, bicyclist, or pedestrian.

Common Causes of Fatigued Driving

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enforces hours of service regulations for truckers to combat fatigue and prevent accidents. These regulations include maximum driving limits, required breaks, and off-duty hours. Although obeying these regulations could help truck drivers get enough sleep and rest when necessary during a driving shift, fatigue can’t entirely be prevented.

Truckers must spend ten hours off-duty before a driving shift. In theory, it seems like an excellent solution to avoiding driver fatigue. However, the FMCSA doesn’t regulate what truck drivers do during their off-duty hours. A truck driver might have sleep problems, a busy schedule outside of work, or other challenges that prevent them from getting the rest they need to operate a motor vehicle at full-functioning capacity.

Some truck drivers turn to illicit or prescription drugs to stay awake at the wheel. The substances they use to avoid fatigue could end up leading to fatigue and other dangerous symptoms. For example, amphetamines can make a person feel alert but also impair their focus, reflexes, judgment, and other abilities that are necessary to drive.

Trucking companies might pressure their employees to meet delivery deadlines by violating the hours of service regulations. This can result in a truck driver spending more time on the road than their body and mind can handle. After a while, fatigue sets in, and they run the risk of falling asleep or making an error that places other people in harm’s way.

If it’s not the trucking company’s idea, a truck driver might even choose to drive beyond the maximum driving limit to make money. Many aren’t paid by the hour. Instead, their paycheck depends on the number of miles they have driven during each shift. If they’re struggling financially, they might travel for longer than they should. Delays, such as heavy traffic, construction, or vehicle accidents, might encourage them to spend more time on the road.

How to Handle a Truck Accident if You Suspect Fatigue

It’s often a challenge to prove that fatigue is a contributing factor in a truck accident. Evidence of a drunk driver is as simple as obtaining the results of a chemical test. However, showing that fatigue caused an accident is a bit more complicated.

If you suspect the truck driver’s fatigue caused the crash, inform the investigating police officer at the scene. You might have noticed the truck drifting off the road or the trucker appearing tired or disoriented.

Law enforcement can’t indicate liability on a police report, but they can include any statements made by the involved parties and who they believe was at fault. If you told them you think the accident was due to truck driver fatigue, they might write it in the report with any signs or symptoms you noticed.

Hire a lawyer immediately after the accident. Tell them what you think caused it so they can begin investigating. The trucker’s logbook could be a vital piece of evidence in the case. It shows information, such as how many miles they have driven, the number of breaks they have taken, and the total time spent off duty within a twenty-four-hour period.

If the truck driver exceeded the maximum driving hour limit, didn’t take necessary breaks, and drove well beyond their travel radius, it could indicate that fatigue played a part in the accident.

Contact Us

If you were in an accident involving a commercial truck and believe it was due to truck driver fatigue, contact Gibson Hill Personal Injury today.

We could help you hold them or the trucking company liable for their actions and pursue the maximum compensation you deserve.

Call us at 512-580-8334 for a free consultation. We are available 24/7 to speak with you.


SH 29 West of Liberty Hill High School closed due to accident

An accident was reported due to an overturned cement truck at SH29 West of Liberty Hill High School at the evening of October 5, according to the Department of Transportation Austin.

Location is specifically two miles from west of loop 332/CR 200. Authorities advise motorists to take alternative routes until road are clear.


The Austin personal injury attorneys of Gibson Hill understand how difficult it is recover from the aftermath of a serious accident. We have helped people face these challenges and have guided them through the legal system's complexities in order to help them receive the best medical treatment available as well as financial compensation. Call 512-580-8334 for a free consultation today.

Note: Serious accidents happen every day in Texas. Our blog serves as a reminder of this devastating fact and we hope that increased awareness of the risks we all face every day helps us take further steps towards prevention. Our posts are sourced from local news outlets and are updated frequently. Should you find details that are out of date or incorrect, please let us know so we may update the post to contain the most current information.


SH 29 Closed due to an overturned cement truck

According to the Department of Transportation Of Texas, an accident happened due to an overturned cement truck at about two miles West Loop of 332/CR 200 at around 7 p.m. October 5, Tuesday.

The Authorities also said that the accident caused the SH 29 closed until the said road is cleared.

There are no further details on the accident yet.


The Austin personal injury attorneys of Gibson Hill understand how difficult it is recover from the aftermath of a serious accident. We have helped people face these challenges and have guided them through the legal system's complexities in order to help them receive the best medical treatment available as well as financial compensation. Call 512-580-8334 for a free consultation today.

Note: Serious accidents happen every day in Texas. Our blog serves as a reminder of this devastating fact and we hope that increased awareness of the risks we all face every day helps us take further steps towards prevention. Our posts are sourced from local news outlets and are updated frequently. Should you find details that are out of date or incorrect, please let us know so we may update the post to contain the most current information.


Man injured in crash with 18-wheeler on Wells Branch Pkwy

AUSTIN, TX – One person was injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler truck on Wells Branch Parkway earlier this week, according to information from the Texas Department of Transportation.

The crash occurred on Wells Branch Pkwy, near Renaissance Court and Surrender Avenue at 10:06 p.m. Tuesday, when the 64-year-old driver of a silver 2005 Ford failed to maintain a single lane. The right-front quarter of his vehicle then collided with the left side of a red 2019 Freightliner truck being driven by a 43-year-old man.

The at-fault driver suffered possible injuries in the crash.

The truck driver was not reported as injured.

The Austin personal injury attorneys of Gibson Hill understand how difficult it is recover from the aftermath of a serious accident. We have helped people face these challenges and have guided them through the legal system's complexities in order to help them receive the best medical treatment available as well as financial compensation. Call 512-580-8334 for a free consultation today.

Note: Serious accidents happen every day in Texas. Our blog serves as a reminder of this devastating fact and we hope that increased awareness of the risks we all face every day helps us take further steps towards prevention. Our posts are sourced from local news outlets and are updated frequently. Should you find details that are out of date or incorrect, please let us know so we may update the post to contain the most current information.

How Are Truck Accidents Different from Other Auto Accidents?

Collisions involving commercial trucks are often incredibly severe, causing catastrophic property damage and serious injuries. They can also be deadly for the occupants of small vehicles. In 2019, only 16% of the 4,119 deaths in these accidents were drivers and passengers of large trucks. However, 67% were the drivers and passengers of small cars.

Truck accidents are in a category of their own. They’re destructive, costly, and sometimes fatal. Survivors typically require emergency medical care and ongoing treatment to heal. Many end up with a permanent disability, preventing them from performing their jobs or routine tasks. Below, we’ll review some of the most common reasons truck accidents differ from other auto accidents.

If you were injured in a truck accident, contact the truck accident attorneys at Gibson Hill Personal Injury as soon as possible to discuss your case.

Massive Trucks

Tractor-trailers are much larger and heavier than a typical passenger vehicle. Many trucks are up to 60-feet long and can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds with a full cargo load. Even if an accident occurs at low speeds, there’s significantly more weight contributing to the force of the impact.

The difference in size between a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle makes extensive damage all the more likely. Whether it’s a head-on crash, fender bender, or T-bone collision, the small car could be totaled or require expensive repairs.

Poor Visibility

Large trucks have bigger blind spots than passenger vehicles do. Unlike regular cars, which usually have small blind spots on either side, a commercial truck has blind spots on all four sides. The blind spots are also much larger, making it harder for a trucker to see small cars driving around them.

Truck drivers must thoroughly check their blind spots before turning, merging, or changing lanes. If they don’t notice a motorist traveling next to them, they could sideswipe the vehicle when making a lane change.

Life-Threatening Injuries

Property damage isn’t the only concern during an accident between a large truck and a small car. The force of the impact in a tractor-trailer collision can cause catastrophic, life-altering injuries.

Common injuries in truck accidents include traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, back and spine injuries, paralysis, whiplash, and more. Unrestrained occupants could even become ejected from the car.

Dangerous Cargo

The initial impact isn’t the only thing to worry about during an accident with a large truck. If the truck contains any cargo, loose or unsecured items could fall from the truck. Large items become obstacles for cars traveling behind, sharp objects can become projectiles, and hazardous substances could cause fires and explosions.

Multiple Parties Could Be at Fault

The commercial truck driver isn’t the only person you could hold liable for an accident. Although they were driving at the time of the crash, their employer could be just as much to blame for an accident.

Everyone in the truck industry must follow federal regulations and state laws regarding driving hours, vehicle maintenance, cargo securement, and more. If any party violates these standards, they may be liable for any accidents that occur as a result of their negligence.

Since multiple parties could be financially responsible for the victim’s resulting injuries and losses, it can be challenging to determine who to file your claim against. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you could potentially hold the truck driver, truck company, maintenance worker, cargo loaders, and a range of other parties liable.

Higher Expenses

Collisions between two passenger vehicles can lead to severe injuries and costly bills. However, when there’s a large truck involved, the resulting expenses are often even higher.

You might need to take time off from work to recover, causing a loss in income. You also have to pay for hospitalization, rehabilitation, prescriptions, and other medical bills. Additional costs include repairs to your damaged car and a rental vehicle.

If you can’t afford the expenses you incur following a truck accident, it can lead to financial strain and debt. That’s why it is imperative that you consult with an attorney and determine your legal options for pursuing compensation.

Contact Gibson Hill Personal Injury

Gibson Hill Personal Injury has represented Texas truck accident victims since 2013. We have the experience and resources to provide quality legal representation to individuals in need.

You will receive the guidance necessary to help you through this devastating time in your life. We understand the importance of collecting the maximum compensation possible and will work tirelessly to achieve your desired outcome.

If you were involved in an accident with a commercial truck, do not hesitate to contact Gibson Hill Personal Injury. We can meet with you during a free consultation to discuss the circumstances of your case and create a plan to help you hold the negligent party accountable. You can depend on us to advocate for your rights and aggressively pursue the compensation you are entitled to.

Call us at 512-580-8334 today.


Tanker truck crash causes propane spill near Lake Travis

AUSTIN, TX- A tanker truck with propane fuel crashed and flipped near Lake Travis, causing a propane spill on Thursday morning, according to CBS Austin.

At approximately 8:18am, officials responded to reports of an active fuel spill caused by an overturned truck near the 16000 block of Flint Rock Road near Lake Travis. The tanker truck had crashed, flipped, and was continuously spilling propane– officials plugged the spill shortly after, but were struggling to flip the truck upright.

No information about any related injuries has been released at this time. We will be monitoring for further information.

The Austin personal injury attorneys of Gibson Hill understand how difficult it is recover from the aftermath of a serious accident. We have helped people face these challenges and have guided them through the legal system's complexities in order to help them receive the best medical treatment available as well as financial compensation. Call 512-580-8334 for a free consultation today.

Note: Serious accidents happen every day in Texas. Our blog serves as a reminder of this devastating fact and we hope that increased awareness of the risks we all face every day helps us take further steps towards prevention. Our posts are sourced from local news outlets and are updated frequently. Should you find details that are out of date or incorrect, please let us know so we may update the post to contain the most current information.