Who is Responsible for Truck Driver Negligence in Atlanta?
Negligent Truckers and Collisions
Trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, more than 20 times the weight of most regular motor vehicles. Without proper handling and care, these heavy and large vehicles can turn into dangerous road hazards. That is why rigorous safety standards and regulations have been established by certain government entities for the purpose of preventing truck collisions. Unfortunately, the competitive nature of the trucking industry encourages trucking companies and their employees to bend the rules for the sake of quicker shipments and more profit. This kind of behavior often results in disastrous accidents for which the involved trucking companies and drivers can be held liable.
If you have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one due to truck driver negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for all related damages. The experienced Georgia truck accident attorneys at Grant Law Office can conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding your case and extract vital information that provides strong support for your claim. Whether you are planning to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim, get in touch with us right away by calling (404) 995-3955.
What are the Common Types of Trucker Negligence that Lead to Collisions?
All motorists have the responsibility to avoid crashes on the road through cautious and attentive driving; truckers are not exempt from this expectation. On the contrary, they especially should adhere to safe driving practices since the vehicles they are operating have the potential to cause great harm, more so than other smaller, lighter vehicles. Yet, truckers are also human beings who may exercise bad judgment and engage in negligent behavior, such as:
- Impaired driving – Alcohol and substance abuse is one of the primary causes behind collisions. Many trucking companies do subject their employees to random drug and alcohol screenings. Despite this, the problem of impaired driving still persists amongst truckers all across the nation, taking many lives every year.
- Reckless driving – Many truck collisions occur because the trucker sped, made a bad turn, changed lanes in a dangerous fashion or braked too hard. Trucks cannot perform the same feats a regular motor vehicle can. Their very physical characteristics call for cautious and precise handling.
- Distracted driving – It only takes a split second for a serious crash to occur. Truckers should not use their cell phones, eat their meals, change the radio tuner, or engage in any other distractions while driving.
- Fatigued driving – Strict federal Hours of Service (HOS) regulations have been put in place to prevent truckers from driving while fatigued, and for good reason. Fatigued driving is just as dangerous as impaired driving, if not more so. A trucker who loses consciousness, even for a brief moment, may plow through traffic or go off road, possibly causing many fatalities in the process.
What Challenges May I Face during the Claims Process?
For claims disputes, trucking companies will often employ insurance experts and other professionals who specialize in reducing settlement amounts or denying claims altogether. Victims may face resistance that discourages them from pursuing full and fair compensation. However, the right attorney can help a claimant avoid the pitfalls of the claims process and pick apart the trucking company's defense through the use of indisputable material evidence and testimonies from accident reconstruction specialists.
Get in Touch with a Skilled Truck Accident Lawyer
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