Federal and state regulations along with complex insurance rules govern the safety measures that the trucking industry must follow to prevent accidents and injuries. Still, serious and fatal accidents do occur for a variety of reasons.
One out of every six fatalities on Georgia roads involves a crash with a large truck, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). In 2006, 86.3 percent of the people killed were occupants of smaller vehicles compared with 13.7 percent of the large truck occupants.
At Mitchell Shapiro Greenamyre & Funt LLP, in Atlanta, we examine each accident scene thoroughly and in cooperation with accident reconstructionists as necessary. We make in-depth analyses of police reports, driver logbooks, safety regulations, maintenance records, all other available evidence and witness testimony. We leave no stone unturned.
Our attorneys pursue maximum compensation for clients throughout Georgia. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident with a large truck in Georgia, we will discover the cause of the accident and hold those responsible accountable for negligence or wrongful acts.
Causes Of Large Truck Crashes
According to GDOT, tractor-trailers (the typical large commercial truck you see on the road) are involved in more than half of all large truck crashes and two-thirds of all fatal large truck crashes.
Tractor-trailers (18-wheelers or semi-trucks) often weigh more than 40 tons when fully loaded, compared to a little more than 2 tons for the average car. The force of a tractor-trailer in a collision is about 20 times greater than the force of a car. This results in disproportionately severe injuries to car drivers and passengers involved in crashes with tractor-trailers.
Our law firm holds trucking companies, truck drivers and their insurance companies accountable for negligence and wrongful acts, including:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Brake failure
- Tire failure
- Other defective product failure
- Cargo spills
- Inadequate safety flagging
- Reckless driving
- Drunk driving (DUI)
- Poorly trained truck drivers
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Our Atlanta truck accident lawyers have more than 75 years of combined experience handling personal injury and auto accident cases. We pursue maximum compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, vocational rehabilitation, pain and suffering, disability and more.
Truck drivers can be severely injured in accidents as well, and we can represent your workers’ compensation claim against a negligent trucking company or a third-party claim. We will not allow your claim to be diminished or denied.