Tractor-trailers, also called 18-wheelers or big rigs, can be as heavy as 100,000 pounds. At that size, it’s no surprise that they can be dangerous when on the move on Georgia roads. In addition, driver ability, traffic conditions, weather conditions and load security can all impact the operating safety of these massive trucks.
The most common types of truck accidents are rear-end collisions and t-bone accidents. Other dangerous or lethal accident types include rollovers, guardrail collisions and weather related collisions. Additionally, a trailer detachment, while uncommon, can be deadly to other drivers.
In Georgia, truck accidents are always investigated, regardless of who might have been injured. Hence, the faster investigations begin, the faster victims can be compensated for medical expenses, lost income or pain and suffering.
Speed Is Key
If you or a loved one were involved in a truck accident that led to injury or death, the result of your case may rely upon how quickly you can get an experienced truck accident attorney on the case. The faster you seek counsel, the easier it will be to recover damages.
In order to create an accurate account of the accident, things like eyewitness testimony, weather conditions, vehicle inspections, tire mark analysis and the driver’s log will all be compiled. A well put together accident report makes it much easier to successfully and quickly win a claim for a truck accident victim.
Additional Georgia Truck Accident Information
Based on the statistics provided by the Center for National Truck and Bus, there are 5,061 trucks involved in deadly traffic collisions every year. Additionally, Georgia is one of the top 3 states for truck related accidents. The majority of these deadly accidents involved semi-trucks and tractor-trailers.
Why do these deadly crashes happen regularly? One major factor is the negligence of the truck driver. One or more of the following driver mistakes are responsible for many of the accidents in Atlanta and across the US:
- Talking or texting on cellphones (0.3%)
- Drinking while driving (3.1%)
- Failing to yield (4%)
- Driving too fast for the road conditions (4.8%)
- Inattentive or distracted driving (6.1%)
- Failing to stay in the correct lane (10.9%)
Another common cause is driver fatigue.
At our Atlanta and LaGrange offices, our lawyers give expert and compassionate representation to victims who have been injured in an accident involving a truck. Our attorneys will work diligently to guarantee that you and your family get your deserved compensation.
In the event of a wrongful death, families still mourning may not be in the right position or mindset to pursue claims. Haug Law Group does that work on their behalf, and a successful claim can ease the financial burden that may arise from lost wages.
Schedule a consultation with our Atlanta Truck Accident Attorneys
Haug Law Group dedicates itself to representing you against insurance firms and interstate truck firms. All of our Georgia truck accident attorneys have significant courtroom experience. We’ve tried several of these types of cases in front juries, and we prepare each case as if it’s going to trial.
Book a free consultation and case review today by contacting us online or calling 844-428-4529. We look forward to hearing from you.