Every 16 minutes, someone in the United States dies or suffers injuries due to an accident involving an 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer or semi-truck. The Atlanta area is especially vulnerable to collisions with trucks because several major trucking routes — such as Interstate 85, Interstate 75, Interstate 20 and the I-285 Perimeter — converge on the metro area. Georgia has more than 200 deadly truck accidents each year, and there are over 5,200 truck wrecks annually in Georgia that cause injuries to drivers and passengers alike. A variety of factors contribute to these grim statistics, and many causes of truck accidents involve negligence on the part of the truck drivers or trucking companies.
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Any collision with another vehicle can be devastating. But when trucks or tractor-trailers are involved, an accident is likely to have even more dire consequences. The Atlanta truck accident lawyers at The Millar Law Firm have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts, settlements and judgments for clients who have been hurt in traffic accidents. If you have been injured in a crash because of a careless truck driver or a negligent trucking company, our firm has the experience necessary to protect your rights and maximize your compensation.
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Common Causes of Atlanta Truck Accidents
A large truck weighs tens of thousands of pounds more than a standard-sized automobile, so the force of impact during an accident can be catastrophic. Even though the risk of injury or death is higher when a tractor-trailer is in a collision, drivers of these vehicles are sometimes irresponsible behind the wheel.
Negligent truck drivers and trucking companies are known to cause accidents due to:
- Driver fatigue: The (FMCSA) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has strict rules about how long a truck driver can be on the road. But the pressure to meet deadlines and company incentives for the number of miles driven motivate tractor-trailer operators to ignore the law in favor of more money. This can lead to overtired drivers who are not alert enough to avoid collisions with other vehicles.
- Poor maintenance: FMCSA requires regular inspections and maintenance of every truck, tractor-trailer, semi and 18-wheeler. This detailed examination includes making sure essential elements such as the brake systems, tires, lights and trailer hitches are all in good working order. However, there are trucking companies that skip this important step to save money. Many tragic truck accidents may never have occurred if only an inspection had caught these easily fixed maintenance issues.
- Defective parts: A truck driver or trucking company might take the time to inspect their vehicles, but defectively designed or manufactured parts such as the brakes, steering mechanisms or trailer hitches could still cause an accident.
- Impaired driving: Commercial truck and bus drivers are generally held to a higher standard regarding driving while intoxicated. Truckers are barred from having a blood alcohol content of 0.04 percent or higher. Illegal drug use is also unacceptable. However, over-the-counter and prescription drugs may still affect drivers in ways that make them a hazard on the road.
- Distracted driving: A truck driver spends a large amount of time traveling and can resort to distractions such as text messaging or cell phone calls for relief from the boredom. Many truckers also use GPS navigation systems and electronic fleet management devices. Anything that takes a vehicle operator’s eyes and mind off of driving can lead to serious accidents.
- Weather issues: Speeding or driving inappropriately during severe weather can lead to a truck accident. Trucks have long stopping distances even under the best conditions. Wet, snowy or icy surfaces can make it even harder for trucks to stop. High winds also have greater effect on tractor-trailers.
- Bad hiring practices: Trucking companies that don’t use caution while hiring drivers can wind up with employees who are dangerous behind the wheel of a massive vehicle. Trucking companies should screen out drivers with poor driving records or a history of substance abuse problems, but many don’t.
- Inadequate training: It takes time and training to learn how to safely operate a tractor-trailer. Trucking companies that skimp on driver training could be held responsible when driver inexperience causes a truck crash.
Contact an Atlanta Truck Accident Attorney Today
No matter what factors caused your collision with a tractor-trailer, urgent medical attention is a priority. After you attend to any emergency needs and report the accident to your insurance carrier, it’s time to consider your rights. Truck crashes can be complicated matters, and it may be next to impossible to get the compensation you deserve on your own. The Atlanta personal injury lawyers at The Millar Firm Injury Lawyers can assist you in securing damages for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and more.
Contact us to find out how we can help. Call us now at 404-620-4301 or fill out our online contact form. We offer free case evaluations and consultations. You don’t owe us any attorney’s fees until your case is won.