Semi Truck Accidents in Atlanta
Posted on June 19th, 2014 by Admin
At The Cochran Firm Atlanta, we understand that semi truck accidents in Atlanta are always devastating. These accidents can be caused by a number of factors, whether it is reckless driving on the trucker’s behalf or negligence on his/her employer’s behalf (i.e., not fully training the driver, or the company not maintaining the truck’s mechanics properly).
Truck drivers work long hours and sometimes take prescription and non-prescription drugs. They can become tired and careless during their shifts and because of this; they can be more irresponsible than motorists. Some truck drivers may also drive recklessly during their shift, such as speeding to get to their destination as soon as possible.
Maintenance is another issue. Trucks drive more miles and carry heavier loads than cars do. As a result they mechanically wear down more quickly than cars. One part of the truck, which has to be maintained as necessary, is the tires. When the tires on a truck are worn down, they can’t grip the road properly, which may result in a truck not being able to come to a complete stop in time or worse the truck slipping out of the driver’s control.
Road conditions can also contribute to accidents. If the roads are slippery due to ice or rain, and you have a truck with balding tires traveling that road on top of those conditions, it’s only a matter of time before a catastrophic accident takes place. While the average car weighs about 4,000 pounds a truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Your vehicle is no match for a collision with a vehicle of that size and weight. Accidents involving these trucks have been known to not only destroy property but families’ lives as well. You or a loved one is most likely to be either permanently injured or die in a truck accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that one out of nine traffic fatalities in the year 2007 resulted from a collision involving a large truck. Unfortunately, accidents involving trucks have been on the rise. Anywhere from 1,200 to 2,500 people are killed in car or truck accidents each year in Georgia alone. Bottom line, Atlanta truck accidents are the worst kind of vehicular accident. Not only can they cause permanent injuries, they can also be very stressful on the entire family. If you’ve been injured following a collision with a truck in Atlanta, Georgia, don’t leave anything up to just the insurance companies. Get representation.