Commercial trucks go by multiple names: big rigs, tractor trailers, semis, or 18 wheelers. They exist in a special class of vehicles, which weigh up to 80,000 pounds and that are the largest and heaviest on the highways. They are required to operate under strict safety standards set forth by the state and federal government. Any miscalculation or neglect in the operation of large commercial vehicles leaves other motor vehicle drivers extremely vulnerable, and can result in tragic large truck accidents.
A crash is typically classified as a runaway truck accident for a number of factors, all of which usually include problems with speeding. This type of accident happens if the velocity of the trailer in tow does not equal the velocity of the truck. This often results in a loss of steering control, greatly increasing the chance of accidents. And in some instances, the back trailer may come loose from the truck to careen treacherously along the highway, creating deadly threats to surrounding motorists.
Specific causes of runaway truck accidents may include:
- Severe declines in the road
- Dangerous conditions, like bad weather or debris
- Mechanical or equipment problems
- Malfunction or failure of the brakes
- Abrupt turns and/or braking
- Miscellaneous reckless driving
- A trailer that is overpacked and too heavy
In runaway truck accidents, the driver, the truck company, or the city or state may be held legally responsible for damages, depending on the specific circumstances of the accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a runaway truck accident in Georgia, contact the Georgia runaway trailer accident attorneys with Wayne Grant at 1(866) 249-5513 for a free case review today.