Tractor trailer wrecks

When large trucks and passenger vehicles share the road, unfortunate accidents sometimes occur. These wrecks can result in serious injuries and in some cases, even death.

As Fulton, Dekalb and Cobb counties are home to some of the busiest roadways in Georgia, they are also sadly the setting of some of the worst truck wrecks. If you, a family member or a loved one have been impacted by one, it’s important to consult an attorney who specializes in tractor-trailer accidents. These cases can be difficult to resolve, as trucking companies and their drivers must comply with a variety of complex federal and state trucking regulations, in addition to state traffic laws, which often leave individual victims at a loss as to what to do in the case of an accident.

Trucking Accident Claims

Although truck drivers are required to inspect their trucks before each drive, they may lose control of their vehicles due to operational errors, driver fatigue, equipment failure or a combination of these factors. Weather conditions can also play a part in truck collisions.

Learn more about common causes of commercial vehicle wrecks:

  • Driver fatigue or inattentiveness
  • Federal regulations prohibit truck drivers from driving more than a certain number of hours before they are required to rest. This is for both the safety of truckers and others on the road. When drivers choose not to comply with these regulations, fatigue or inattentiveness caused by lack of rest may contribute to or cause a truck crash.
  • Equipment failure
  • Having a properly maintained tractor trailer is not only critical in preventing vehicle accidents; it’s federally required. However, as trucking companies face financial pressure to keep their vehicles on the road, managers and drivers may not always perform mandated inspections and regular vehicle maintenance.
  • When they don’t, their commercial trucks may suffer equipment failures including tire blowouts, brake malfunctions, steering defects and equipment coming loose and flying off into traffic. This can prove devastating in the context of high-speed operation.
  • Right-hand turns
  • Making a right-hand turn in a big rig is no small task. It requires ample room to swing wide and takes far more time than it does for a passenger car to complete.
  • In busy traffic and crowded city streets, these turns can be difficult and, in some cases, dangerous. When a motor vehicle is caught in a tractor trailer’s right-hand turn, it can lead to severe injuries or even fatalities.

This list is not all-inclusive. To learn what other auto accident and personal injury cases our attorneys specialize in, contact our law firm.

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A truck weighing 10-20 times the amount of an average passenger car can cause catastrophic damage in a collision. If you or someone you know was at the receiving end of one such wreck, our truck accident attorneys can help.

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