Speeding Semi-Trucks Accidents
In San Antonio, semi-truck related accidents happen all the time. It’s a simple fact that 18 wheeler semi-trucks weigh much more than a typical car on the road. By law, a tractor-trailer cannot exceed 80,000 pounds without requiring certain permits. Such heavy vehicles must be operated by professional drivers with special licenses. These drivers carry more responsibility on the road than everyday non-commercial drivers. They must understand how their cars differ from other vehicles, in weight, and in mobility. For example, the distance required for a semi-truck to come to a complete stop is farther than a typical sedan would require to stop while traveling at the same speed. Because of this difference, a driver must have a proper reaction time and maintain a safe speed of the 18 wheeler, in order to keep the roads safe. Unfortunately, speeding Semi-Truck accidents occur frequently.
There are over 400,000 accidents caused by speeding semi-trucks. Commercial semi-trucks happen to be involved in over 2% of all automobile related accidents. On average, every 16 minutes someone is killed in a semi-truck driving accident. These accidents are caused by many drivers speeding because they are either distracted or trying to make it to their next checkpoint faster. San Antonio is no stranger to these types of drivers, and experience just as many Semi-Truck related crashes as the next major city.
If you live in San Antonio and have been injured in an accident involving a semi-truck, contact a San Antonio Speeding Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer at Carabin & Shaw today. Our lawyers make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Hospital bills can add up depending on how serious your injuries are. If your injuries are severe, you will be out of work and will need the compensation from your accident in order to support yourself. Carabin & Shaw will help you file your claim and get the settlement that you need.
The most common causes of semi-truck accidents are speeding and distracted driving. Although there are some measures in place that help drivers follow safe operating practices, speeding semi-truck accidents still tend to happen often. The driver of an 18 wheeler is elevated much higher than most other drivers on the road. This is to increase the drivers visibility of traffic in front of the vehicle which gives the driver extra time to get ready for stopped traffic ahead. Many 18 wheelers have data recorders stored on the vehicle which tracks speed and other relevant data that can be recovered after an accident with special equipment. This is used as a deterrent to speeding because the driver can be held accountable for his driving even if there is no accident. This data also makes it easier to see if speed was a factor in the case of an accident. Often times speeding semi-truck accidents are rear end collisions.
Rear end collisions are not the only types of semi-truck accidents that are generally attributed to speed as the main factor though. Rollover and jackknife accidents are also most often caused by the vehicle being operated at excessive speeds for the current conditions. Semi-truck drivers will still continue to speed and be negligent drivers.
If you are involved in an accident with one of these negligent drivers, let the attorneys at Carabin & Shaw’s San Antonio location investigate your accident. Our experienced lawyers enjoy getting you the compensation you deserve for your injuries and property damage. If you’ve been injured in an accident with a semi-truck, contact an attorney at Carabin & Shaw day or night, 7 days a week, for a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys with no obligation. We speak Spanish. Se habla Español. Call us at 1.800.862.1260 today.