18-Wheeler, Semi Truck, Tractor-Trailer Accidents

Large truck crashes have a high risk of injury or even death. In fact—although accounting for only three percent of all registered vehicles and seven percent of all miles traveled—18-wheelers, semi-trucks, and tractor-trailers are responsible for 12 percent of all traffic fatalities. That number is disproportionately high, according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA). The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), branch of the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA), reports that large trucks were responsible for 262 crashes in California alone in 2009. It is also more likely for trucks to be involved in fatal fires or fatal multiple-vehicle accidents.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a large truck, The Cartwright Law Firm can offer an experienced and reliable tractor-trailer accident attorney in San Francisco, the Bay Area, and in cities throughout California. We can advocate for you, to help you obtain compensation for the damages you’ve incurred.

Holding Negligent Truck Drivers Accountable

The San Francisco truck accident attorneys of The Cartwright Law Firm are qualified to represent you in any type of accident case involving large trucks. We will work alongside top accident reconstruction experts to accurately assess the details of your accident. Our team can determine if the truck driver committed any violations, and to what degree negligence played a factor.

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In large truck accident cases, negligence often occurs in the maneuvering of the vehicle. However, factors such as alertness of the driver, weather conditions, and cargo loading can all contribute to the cause of a crash. The two most common types of trucking accidents and their causes include the following:

  • Jack-knifing. When a large truck jack-knifes, its brakes have locked up and the trailer keeps moving forward due to momentum. The tractor and trailer end up at a 90 degree angle to each other. The driver of a jack-knifing rig has lost control of the vehicle, endangering anyone in its path. In jack-knifing incidents, negligence can play a role. Brakes in semis are prone to failure, especially when improperly maintained. Also, when cargo is unbalanced, brakes can fail.
  • Rollovers. Typically, 18-wheelers roll over due to speeding, which is a negligent offense that can have serious consequences. Other causes of rollovers can include: improper maneuvering on a steep incline or decline, taking a turn too quickly, or failing to notice debris and obstacles in the road. If you were injured in a rollover, your 18-wheeler accident lawyer in San Francisco will determine the cause.

There are numerous other possible causes of large trucking accidents. Tire blowouts, underride accidents, and head-on collisions can also occur and lead to serious injury. Whatever the cause of your accident, your semi truck attorney in San Francisco from The Cartwright Law Firm will help you seek the compensation to which you are entitled.

We Demand Accountability

Take control of the situation by contacting a San Francisco trucking accident lawyer at The Cartwright Law Firm today. Our personal injury attorneys serve the communities of San Jose, Oakland, Sacramento, Palo Alto, and cities throughout California, and are prepared to work to help you recover financial damages to compensate for the physical and emotional damage you have suffered.