Common Types of Truck Crashes in Georgia
Many different types of trucks roll through the roads and highways of Georgia, from Atlanta to Macon to Savannah. In any accident involving a truck, the injuries are typically severe due to the force of these large vehicles colliding with smaller cars and motorcycles.
The following sections represent some of the common types of truck accidents. Find out more about each type of accident by clicking on the links below. If you need immediate assistance, contact our law firm now or complete the free consultation form on this page.
Delivery truck drivers working for parcel delivery services face tremendous pressure to meet delivery deadlines. While many drivers follow Georgia laws and safely share the road with others, this pressure can lead to truck driver negligence. For example, a driver might back up to an address he drove past without checking for other vehicles or pedestrians behind the truck.
At the Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays, we understand that it is not unusual for delivery trucks to be poorly maintained in Georgia. A business owner’s failure to maintain trucking equipment may lead to a serious accident. For example, a delivery might lose control of his or her vehicle when trying to stop or turn. A trucking company may even fail to conduct drug testing of delivery drivers, increasing the risk of a drug related truck accident.
A semi-truck is inherently unstable based on the high center of gravity of its design. An over-weighted truck only makes this situation worse. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety closely regulate the commercial trucking industry, but accidents due to truck driver negligence and trucking equipment maintenance still occur.
The following are a few contributing factors in semi-truck accidents:
- Violations of restrictions on hours of driving, resulting in driver fatigue
- Overweight semi-trucks and unbalanced loads
- Semi-truck equipment maintenance
A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. A typical passenger vehicle weighs about 3,000 pounds. Because of the significant forces involved, fatal truck accidents sadly are not uncommon. If you or a loved one has been injured in a semi-truck accident, this is the time to act.
If you lost someone in a fatal truck accident, you may find it difficult to focus on anything more than your family’s grief and suffering. At the same time, it’s important to pursue justice.
You can rely on the responsive, determined legal representation of Gary Martin Hays & Associates. We can ask the important questions that may determine the full compensation you are owed:
- Was the driver going too fast for road and weather conditions? This may be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit based on truck driver negligence.
- In the event of a drunk driving trucking accident, did the trucking company adequately train, and supervise employees, conducting appropriate background checks and screening?
We have the resources and expertise to fully investigate the factors involved in the accident to help our clients build the strongest possible case. Call us right away.