Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Atlanta
Atlanta is a significant economic hub for commercial trucking. Thousands of trucks make their way in and out of the region each day, carrying all types of cargo.
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Due to the high volume of commercial vehicles on the road, truck accidents are very common in the Atlanta area and throughout our state. There are an average of over 5,000 truck accidents in Georgia every year. Truck accidents cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of non-fatal serious injuries. You and your family have the right to seek compensation after being injured in an accident caused by a negligent truck driver. In order to be successful, you must prove that the truck driver’s negligence caused the collision and that the collision impact caused your injuries. The difference between success and failure in truck collision cases often relies upon highly technical details. You need an experienced truck accident lawyer to secure the compensation you deserve.
To speak with a skilled Atlanta truck accident lawyer about determining the cause of your accident, contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC. Do not hesitate to call (404) 419-6674 or submit the details of your collision online to schedule a free, initial consultation.
Truck Driver Negligence
Truck accidents are most commonly caused by careless truck drivers. Trucks are significantly larger than most passenger cars and frequently haul dangerous loads, therefore, truckers have a huge responsibility to drive safely. Truck drivers are required by law to be properly trained, licensed, and supervised. They are governed by many more laws and regulations that we have to follow when we drive our personal vehicles. Truckers must not drive too many hours at once. They must inspect their vehicles on a daily basis to make sure they are in proper working order.
Truck drivers’ reckless conduct poses many dangers to drivers on our roads and highways. You may have been injured in a serious truck accident due to one or more of the following factors:
- Truck driver fatigue
Drivers often violate state and federal laws by driving too long without sleeping. Sleeplessness causes driver fatigue symptoms, such as blurred vision and reduced reflexes which typically lead to deadly truck wrecks.
Many truckers consume dangerous drugs and powerful medications to stay awake while they drive. These drugs impair the drivers’ judgment and needlessly endanger other drivers on the road.
- Reckless driving
Truckers are required to drive safely. However, many of them speed or act aggressively in busy traffic.
- Driving Distractions
Many drivers get distracted behind the wheel, and truckers are no exception. Truck drivers cause accidents due to using their cell phones or eating while on the road.
Carelessness And Negligence On Behalf Of The Trucking Company
Many truckers on the road work for companies ranging from small operations to large nationwide motor carriers. These companies hire or contract the truck driver to haul cargo for them, sometimes using their equipment. Just like the truck drivers they hire, truck companies must abide by the laws and regulations that are designed to protect the public. When the truck companies cut corners to save money, truck accidents are inevitable.
Skilled truck accident attorneys understand how to prove truck companies cut corners and caused your injuries. If you can prove that a company acted negligently in overseeing its trucks or employees, and this negligence caused you harm, you and your family may recover compensation for your losses.
Trucking companies must do the following:
- Make sure that truck drivers are properly trained and supervised
- Confirm that their truck drivers aren’t exceeding their hours of service and that they’re keeping accurate driving logs.
- Not overwork truckers or burden them with irresponsible and dangerous driving demands
- Make sure that the vehicles in their fleet are safe for everyone on the road so that they do not cause harm.
Improper Loading Practices
Trucks on Georgia highways sometimes carry very heavy loads. These loads typically include cargo from industrial sites or agricultural farms. Sometimes truck cargo includes dangerous and toxic substances. Trucks must be loaded appropriately so that they are not overweight or unstable. The key issue in any improper loading practices case is, “Who is responsible for safely loading a truck?” The answer is a bit complicated since there are typically several parties involved.
- The Trucker
Drivers are responsible for making sure that they are not hauling a dangerously loaded on the road.
- The Trucking Company
Truck companies are the parties that typically overload trucks so that they can save on shipping costs. Additionally, truck companies sometimes fail to invest in the proper equipment needed to secure a load.
- Third Party Loaders
There are often third parties who are hired to load trucks at various stages of transport. These loaders are frequently untrained which dramatically increases the likelihood that a truck will be improperly loaded.
You need an experienced investigative team to determine whether an improperly loaded truck caused your accident. Your legal team must review all pertinent cargo records and understand how to review accident scene photos to determine if improperly loaded cargo caused the truck to turn over or slide out of control.
Truck Part Malfunctions
Every aspect of loading and shipping cargo on a truck should be carefully performed. However, even if the cargo is properly loaded, a defective truck can still cause a catastrophic accident. Trucks have all of the crucial vehicle parts that cars do, such as suspension, steering, and brakes. However, trucks also rely on a lot of additional equipment, especially for securing thousands of pounds of cargo. If one of these parts fails, it can easily lead to a deadly accident. If a defective truck part caused the collision, the next questions must be resolved to establish liability:
- Should the owner or operator of the truck have replaced this part due to age and normal wear and tear?
- Did the loader or truck driver improperly use this equipment in a manner that cause the equipment to fail?
- Was the part poorly manufactured or assembled, therefore making the company that made or sold it responsible for its failure?
Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC Can Help You After A Truck Accident
Serious truck accidents are caused by many different factors. As veteran injury lawyers, we have successfully resolved many truck accidents that caused horrible injuries and destruction. Liability is frequently challenging to prove in these cases. Your truck accident attorney must understand all of the technical nuances to achieve the result you deserve. At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC we have collectively helped hundreds recover from truck accidents, and we know how aggressively the insurance and trucking companies will fight to minimize the severity of your injuries.
Do not hesitate to call our attorneys after a truck accident. Georgia’s statute of limitations only gives you a short amount of time to file suit for damages after an accident. Since truck accident cases require a tremendous amount of effort to be successful, you will want to call an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
To speak with an Atlanta truck accident attorney from Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, call (404) 419-6674 or via our online form and schedule a free, initial consultation to discuss how we can help.