Food trucks are popular attractions in Austin. These trucks often draw significant crowds of people, resulting in long lines of customers. If a speeding car or truck crashes into one of these crowds, the injury toll can be catastrophic. Just such an accident occurred in downtown Austin last Friday night, and the results were indeed catastrophic.
At about 8:20 p.m., witnesses observed what appeared to be a speeding pick-up truck hit a sedan on the passenger side in a T-bone accident near the 1800 block of Barton Springs Road. According to police, the truck pushed the sedan into a crowd of people standing near the Holla Mode ice cream truck. Eleven people appear to have suffered injuries in the crash. All but two were taken to nearby medical centers for diagnosis and treatment. Police did not release any details about the severity of any person’s injuries, except to say that two of the injured persons suffered serious or potentially life-threatening injuries. One of the drivers was among the group of injured people who were hospitalized.
A local television station reported that many of the injured persons were in Austin to attend a trade show for hearing-impaired persons.
Police did not provide any information regarding the drivers or whether either of them appeared to be intoxicated.
Anyone who suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a similar accident may wish to seek damages. An experienced accident attorney can provide a helpful evaluation of the evidence and provide an opinion on the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost past and future income, and pain and suffering.