San Antonio Truck Accident Lawyers
Did you know that every eighth fatal car accident affects big trucks like big rigs, tractor units, and other commercial vehicles? Did you also know that four percent of all motor vehicle accidents are due to large trucks? When a commercial vehicle is involved in an accident, a large percentage of the injured are drivers and passengers of the smaller vehicles involved in the accident. In the aftermath of an accident, victims can be left confused, scared and traumatized. Accidents with trucks involve a very different set of issues than normal automobile accidents. Our lawyers for personal injury are familiar with the peculiarities of accidents involving tractor units and semitrailer tractors. We have the necessary resources to track your case. It can be costly to track and properly investigate truck accidents. The resources needed to accomplish these tasks are essential. So, if you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident involving a semi-truck, you have rights and we’re here to make sure you have all the help you need.
Causes of Truck Accidents
As with any other type of vehicle, tractor-trailers are sometimes the cause of accidents and sometimes the victims. In addition to the normal roadside hazards such as distracted drivers and speeding, truck drivers often have to put up with the risk of fatigue that can develop after long stretches on the steering wheel. This is because truck drivers are often paid by the load. So, to earn more money, you have to make more deliveries. This can only be achieved by driving longer. This lack of calm is regulated by various government agencies, but these rules are not always followed.
In addition to the risk of negligence on the part of a truck driver, the vehicle itself may present a danger to other drivers. Occasionally, trucks are incorrectly loaded or insufficiently inspected before the driver begins his route. Mechanical failures during operation may result in loss of control over a 40-ton vehicle. Sometimes badly loaded cargo can fall off the truck and damage unsuspecting drivers. These are just a few of the unique problems commercial vehicles face.
The extent of a car accident with a truck is another variable in such cases. The sheer size and weight of these large utility vehicles increase the risk of fatalities and serious injury to persons involved in a truck accident (including the truck driver). Commercial vehicle accidents often lead to traumatic brain injury, broken limbs and broken bones, severe damage to the neck and back, and neurological damage.