• By: Graham Sutliff
  • Published: January 2017

The stretch of Interstate 35 from Austin to San Antonio has long been a hazard to drivers. Not only do accident between standard vehicles occur regularly, but also, due to heavy commercial use on this stretch of interstate, there are dozens of collisions every year involving semi-trucks.


Our experience with 18-wheeler collisions on I-35

In January of 2013 we represented a victim of a car versus 18-wheeler collision which occurred on I-35 near Kyle, just outside of San Marcos Texas. The at-fault driver in this case was the 18-wheeler truck driver. The commercial truck he was driving was owned and operated by a large company.

While attempting to change lanes, the semi-truck came into contact with our client’s vehicle, a small four-door sedan. Our client’s vehicle sustained only minor damages (see images below), but our client suffered substantial injuries as a result of the collision with the 18-wheeler. The injuries ended up requiring several surgeries to address our client’s back and neck problems.


In court, the lawyers for the Defendant made the argument that the injuries to our client inside the four-door sedan could not possibly have been substantial considering the minor nature of the damages to her vehicle.

Anticipating this argument from the beginning, we hired one of the most well respected biomechanical engineers in the country to help the jury understand the forces involved in such a collision. With the help of this expert, we were able to clearly demonstrate that the client’s injuries were consistent with the applied forces in the collision, and ultimately achieve a $709,324.65 net recovery for our client.

Drive safe on I-35 in Texas

If you frequently drive the stretch of Interstate 35 between Austin and San Antonio, we suggest that you bookmark this article so that you can call us in case you’re ever injured in a collision.

If you have already suffered injuries because of an accident on this stretch of road, contact our office as soon as possible. Our experienced attorneys will review your case and give you an honest assessment of your prospects for financial recovery.

About the Author

Graham Sutliff is a founding partner at Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm. Graham earned his doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2004, graduating top of class, summa cum laude. He was recognized by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star from 2012-2018 in addition to being named to the The National Trial Lawyers top 40 Under 40 in 2014 and 2015. He has earned a Superb rating by Avvo, and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To learn more, read Graham's complete bio here.

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