Causes of Semi Truck Accidents
As many know, the United States is home to a vast system of interstate highways. Since the automobile has become the most prevalent form of transportation in the country, it is less than surprising that the number of auto and motorcycle accidents has risen steadily over the years. This is especially true when it comes to busy urban hubs like San Antonio, and other bustling Texas cities. Texas in particular is relatively new in comparison to many of the other fifty states. Because of this Texas boasts a more modern and expansive city planning, with sprawling urban centers built outward instead of upward like the dense urban centers on the east coast. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA), considered the driving force behind the regulation of the trucking industry to reduce truck accidents, covers issues such as driver qualifications, emergency equipment, safe loading, alcohol and drug usage and a number of other factors. Some of the most common causes of semi truck accidents include:
- Lack of training
- Overloaded trucks
- Oversized trucks
- Brake failure/defect
- Poor driving conditions
- Driver inexperience
- Running off the road
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Aggressive driving behavior
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Dangerous or reckless driving
- Mechanical failure
While accidents between two semi trucks can be devastating in and of themselves, it makes matters even worse when these accidents involve a non-commercial automobile or motorcycle. For instance, according to the Del Rio Herald, on April, 1st of 2014, one of these same Del Rio motorcycle accidents claimed the life of a forty-four year old man named Cody Crane. This is just one of many instances proving the dangers of traveling out on American highways. If you or people you know have been injured or wrongfully killed as a result of a semi truck accident, no matter which (if any) of the previously listed causes of semi truck accidents may have contributed, your first step is to find the right attorneys to ensure you are properly compensated. At Carabin & Shaw, we employ the most talented and experienced, San Antonio semi truck accident lawyers in the business.
At Carabin & Shaw, we understand the unique legal and practical problems associated with 18 wheeler accidents and other truck crashes in San Antonio and surrounding areas, and our talented legal team has an immense amount of experience when it comes to dealing with the issues that arise in such cases. Our goals include protecting the individual where litigation is necessary, but also providing resources to help educate the public when injuries are caused by the negligence or carelessness of trucking companies, in hopes of increasing road safety. At Carabin & Shaw our attorneys are committed to serving individuals within the greater San Antonio area, and, as a result of this commitment, our team promises never to work on behalf of wealthy corporations or insurance interests.
No matter which of the common causes of semi truck accidents may have contributed to your specific accident, the lawyers at Carabin & Shaw have the experience and know-how necessary to best handle your case. Contact us today for further information. We offer free initial consultations and work on a contingent fee basis, which means that there is no fee unless we successfully resolve your case. So if you or someone close to you has suffered an accident involving a semi truck in or around the City of San Antonio, don't hesitate call the expert lawyers at the law offices of Carabin & Shaw and let our team get to work on your case as soon as possible! If you've been in an accident, your first priority should be to make sure you have the right attorneys backing you up in the fight for your legal rights.