2015 has been a tragic year on Georgia’s roadways. Less than a month after a semi-truck accident killed five nursing students from Georgia Southern University, another big rig collision was responsible for five more deaths. Both multi-fatality accidents occurred on Interstate 16 near Savannah. According to a report on from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution website, witnesses described the tractor trailer as “drifting in and out of lanes” before smashing into cars in front of it. Authorities suspect the truck’s driver may have fallen asleep.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that tractor trailer collisions are responsible for one in every nine highway deaths. Drivers of automobiles need to be aware of the dangers semi-trucks pose to them. In addition to the massive size and weight advantage tractor trailers have over cars, they are also dangerous because of their drivers. Most professional drivers are highly skilled, but often times they are also overworked. Truck drivers who don’t get the required amount of rest or sleep can be a hazard to themselves and others on the road. Drivers are also under strict deadlines, causing some to speed to make their deliveries on time.
If you or a family member has been injured in an accident with a tractor trailer, it’s important that you get experienced legal representation. The Atlanta truck accident attorneys at Atlanta’s Grant Law Office are dedicated and tough, and will fight to get you the financial compensation you deserve. You may be entitled to payment for the following damages:
- Medical bills
- The costs of physical therapy
- Lost wages due to time off of work
- Funeral costs in the case of a fatality
- Pain and suffering
Grant Law can help. Call us at (404) 995-3955, or (866) 249-5513 toll free, for a comprehensive case review at no charge.