In Cartersville, seeing large trucks on the road is extremely common – semi-trucks and tractor-trailer trucks are necessary for bringing in goods and products on a routine basis.
But regardless of how vital the role of large trucks may be for comfort and the economy, large trucks are also dangerous.
In fact, data provided by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety shows that large trucks are consistently involved in at least two dozen fatal crashes per year in our state – this number does not include the number of injuries and serious injury crashes involving large trucks.
When a truck accident occurs that involves a large truck and a smaller vehicle, it is rare that the occupants of the smaller vehicle are not significantly harmed.
In fact, large trucks can weigh up to 20 times more than larger cars, meaning that when the two-vehicle types collide, the smaller car is almost always totally crushed and those within are left with fatal or debilitating injuries.
At Pritchard Injury Firm, our Georgia truck accident lawyer understands how horrific large truck accidents can be, and that if you or a loved one has been injured in this type of crash, you may feel hopeless and anxious about the future.
Our lawyer wants to help you take the steps towards recovering the compensation that you deserve – call today to learn more.
Common Causes of Truck Accident
Truck accidents, like the majority of other accident types, motor vehicle-related and otherwise, are almost always preventable. Some of the top causes of truck accidents, most of which are entirely avoidable, including:
Truck Drivers’ Errors
Truck drivers don’t always operate their vehicles as responsibly as they should. Falling asleep at the wheel, driving while impaired, driving at a speed that is unsafe for conditions, or driving aggressively are all common causes of trucking accidents.
Other Motorists’ Errors
Other motorists don’t always know how to drive around large trucks in a manner that is safe. Speeding, tailgating, driving in a large truck’s blind spots, illegally passing, and driving while impaired or distracted are extremely risky, and can cause or contribute to a large truck accident.
Trucking Company Negligence
In some cases, neither driver of either vehicle involved in a large truck accident is to blame, at least entirely. Trucking company negligence may play a role, too. Examples of trucking company negligence include the failure to maintain trucks in a safe condition, to train drivers appropriately, or to hold drivers to federal hours of service requirements.
Defective Vehicle Parts
If a vehicle part is defective, a truck driver may have little ability to prevent a crash, despite best efforts to do so. Defective steering systems, engines, brakes, and tires, amongst other vehicle defects, could all lead to a crash.
If cargo is improperly loaded or secured, it could shift in transit. Depending upon the weight of the cargo, a shift could cause the trailer of the truck to shift, too, leading to a jackknife accident, trailer rollover accident, or another serious accident type.
Why Working with a Truck Accident Lawyer Is Important
The fact that there are so many potential causes of a truck accident, as well as various parties who could be potentially held liable, is one of the primary reasons that working with a Georgia truck accident attorney is so important.
An attorney will know which types of evidence need to be gathered and assessed, including truck black box data, truck driver’s logs, trucking company vehicle maintenance logs, and the opinions of accident reconstruction experts.
In addition to helping get to the bottom of the cause of a crash and who should be held liable for damages, another reason that working with a truck accident attorney is so important is that injuries and damages suffered may be very significant.
Indeed, truck accidents often result in injuries like traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, crush injuries, and amputation injuries – these injuries mean that a claim will be worth tens of thousands of dollars and that an insurance company will fight hard to reduce a claimant’s settlement in order to save the insurance company money.
Working with an attorney can improve your chances of recovering the full settlement that you deserve.
Tips for Staying Safe on the Road
As a driver in Georgia, there are things that you can do to reduce your risk of being involved in a truck accident. Some tips for staying safe on the road to include:
- Give large trucks plenty of room, both when following a large truck and when lane changing in front of a large truck;
- Pass quickly – large trucks have large blind spots, and hanging out in these blind spots can be dangerous;
- Understand that large trucks often make wide turns – allow a truck plenty of time to make a turn and never attempt to pass on the right; and
- Overall, always maintain a safe speed, drive sober, and put distractions away.
How and When to Initiate the Claims Process
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident in Georgia, filing a claim may be the furthest thing from your mind; instead, you’re likely focused on your recovery and making sense of the numerous damages you have suffered. However, it’s important that you initiate your claim as soon as possible.
In fact, if you wait longer than two years from the date of your accident to file your claim, you’ll be in violation of the state’s statute of limitations. The best thing that you can do is schedule a consultation with a Georgia car accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident.
Call Our Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer Today
As you search for truck accident law firms in the area, be sure to choose a lawyer with experience, a trusted reputation, and a commitment to you. To schedule your free consultation with the Pritchard Injury Firm, please contact us or send us a message at your convenience.
Our team also helps victims from truck accidents in Bartow County, Cobb County, and Cherokee County and throughout the great state of Georgia.