Types of Truck Accidents

San Francisco Truck Accident Attorney

It has been reported that an average 15.5 million big trucks operate within the United States. Of course, this means these large vehicles can be seen on the road at any hour of any day. However, due to their large size and heavy weight, accidents involving trucks can be fatal.

If you or someone you love has been harmed in a truck accident, contact our San Francisco truck accident lawyers at Scarlett Law Group. Our team has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers® and works hard to give you the representation you deserve from beginning to end.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Due to the high volume of truck drivers occupying the road every day, truck accidents have become extremely common. Below if a list of some of the most common actions that contribute to truck accidents.

  • Speeding. On average, the speed limits for which truck drivers must abide are much lower than for regular autos. However, many truck drivers will speed at dangerous speeds in order to reach destinations sooner.
  • Drug Use. It has been reported that many drivers will use drugs and other substances to help keep them awake through long hours of driving. However, this can impair a driver’s abilities to operate such large machinery.
  • Alcohol Use. In most places, a truck driver is permitted from consuming ANY kind of alcohol within 8 hours prior to driving. Therefore, a driver with any kind of alcohol in the system may be charged with a DUI for driving even if the driver is not impaired.
  • Fatigue. Because truck drivers are required to drive such long routes, many try to stay awake in order to reach destinations faster. However, this results in fatigued driving, allowing many truck drivers to fall asleep at the wheel.
  • Distracted Driving. Many truck accidents are caused when drivers participate in an activity that distracts their focus from the road such as texting, talking on the phone, eating, rubbernecking, etc.
  • Failure to Comply with Traffic Signals/Signs. Many truck drivers will fail to abide by traffic signals, leaving other smaller vehicles in harm’s way. In addition, many truck drivers forget to use turn signals when changing lanes. This becomes extremely dangerous for surrounding drivers.

Other common causes of truck accidents include:

When to Call Scarlett Law Group

If you have been involved in a truck accident, it is important to speak with a seasoned legal team to ensure you are compensated for any physical harm, medical expenses, and emotional stressed you may suffer as a result of the accident.

The San Francisco truck accident lawyers at Scarlett Law Group deeply care about the safety and well-being of our clients. For this reason, we bring an experienced team to your side every single time. Our team does not settle. We seek maximum compensation for you.

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