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Trucking Industry Practices that Endanger Drivers

By Grant Law Office on April 4, 2022

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Interstate 20 runs through the heart of Georgia and is a main thoroughfare in the southern states from South Carolina all the way through Texas. It is no surprise that the trucking industry heavily populates this corridor, transporting goods across the entire southeast. The more semi-trucks on the road the higher the rates of trucking accidents occur. If you or your loved one have been in a Georgia trucking accident the Grant Law Office may be able to help you.

Unsafe Driving Practices

Some drivers of 18-wheelers are private contractors. Many of them can independently set their schedules, routes and pick up and drop off dates. Other drivers work for large trucking companies with high expectations for their employees. They are often expected to meet rigid deadlines, work long hours, and travel the roadways with minimal sleep – a recipe for disaster. A driver that is not at their best may take part in these unsafe practices behind the wheel:

  • Lane hopping is dangerously weaving through traffic by changing lanes too quickly.
  • Failing to check blind spots can lead to catastrophic wrecks.
  • Driving distracted by using cell phones or eating while driving.
  • Driving through heavy weather at unsafe speeds.
  • Driving with overloaded or poorly secured cargo.
  • Driving while drug or alcohol intoxicated.
  • Driving tired.

If you have been in a commercial truck accident because of another person’s negligent driving conduct, you have the right to hold them accountable for your injuries. That may be a truck driver, a trucking company, a truck manufacturer, or truck cargo loading firm. Many times, the responsibility falls on more than one of these entities. A Georgia truck accident attorney can evaluate your case and all negligent parties accountable.

Aftermath

The sheer size and weight of a commercial truck makes it a hazard barreling down the highway. When you add in negligent driving practices the result can be catastrophic. The aftermath of a trucking accident can leave victims with injuries including:

  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain and spine injuries
  • Back and neck injuries like whiplash
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Lacerations and bruising
  • Burns
  • Internal injuries
  • Psychological trauma
  • Wrongful death

If you or a loved one have been hurt in an accident with a semi-truck, you may be entitled to compensation. Federal and state laws cover trucking regulations. It is important to hire an attorney who knows the ins and outs of the complex network of regulations. An experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyer could gather evidence from your accident and hold those responsible accountable.

Call Grant Law Office

The Grant Law Office is a preeminent personal injury firm that has been helping victims in Georgia for more than 30 years. Our knowledgeable advocates could go to bat for you after a truck accident to help you seek substantial compensatory damages for the physical, financial and emotional hardships associated with a truck accident. We are not afraid to go up against big trucking companies and their insurance carriers. The Grant Law Office will fight for the settlement you deserve. Call our office for a free consultation at (404) 995-3955.

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