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When we head out in our vehicles for the day, whether for a quick trip across town or a longer road trip across the state, we expect to get to our destination safely. We know you try to be a safe driver, especially around large trucks. We’re not talking about pickup trucks. We’re talking about the big, eighteen-wheeler type trucks.

Usually these big commercial trucks are safe to be around, but we try not to get too close anyway. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen and something goes wrong. If you’ve been in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, you may need a truck accident attorney in San Mateo. At Allegiance Law, we are ready to help you figure out your next steps.

What Are Commercial Trucks?

Generally, we are talking about trucks that weigh over 10,000 pounds and perform some aspect of work for a business. This means there are a whole lot of commercial trucks. Consider the following:

  • Tanker/Fuel Trucks
  • Mail Delivery Trucks
  • Cement/Construction Trucks
  • Vehicle Delivery Trucks
  • Dump Trucks
  • And many more

Every time we go out on the road, we are bound to see a commercial truck of some kind or another.

In An Accident

Large trucks like these are supposed to be maintained and inspected regularly. Unfortunately, sometimes companies take shortcuts and don’t perform the required inspections or ignore hazardous signs like rusty brakes.

Even though their drivers are supposed to have their commercial driver’s licenses and be trained to operate such large vehicles, we are hearing more and more about drivers operating while distracted behind the wheel, or worse, falling asleep because they are driving more hours than they are allowed to drive during the day.

When an accident occurs with such a large vehicle, serious damage and severe injuries can occur. Vehicles of this size have the potential to affect dozes of vehicles on the roadway. What is even scarier is that the number of large truck accidents increased from 2015 to 2016, the most recent statistics we have. While we hope this isn’t because of the continued increase in technology such as smartphones and other distracting devices, we know that may be the case.

What To Do

While we recognize that most large trucks operate safely, we know that it can be confusing when an accident does occur. You will have questions that can be hard to answer.

  • Who was at fault?
  • What caused the accident?
  • Who is liable for damages?
  • Will insurance cover all of the bills?

If you’ve been in an accident involving a truck, whether through a direct impact or from flying debris, take can of any medical emergencies first. Call the police so a report can be made and keep all documents involving the accident.

After that, you may need a truck accident attorney in San Mateo. Allegiance Law is ready to step in and advocate on your behalf. We will help handle insurance claims and any other liability issues that may have been caused due to negligence on the truck driver or owner’s part. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 415-404-6395.