Anyone who has ever seen a truck accident on our roadways recognizes how dangerous they can be.
If you or someone you care about has suffered an injury in a truck accident that was caused by a truck driver’s negligence, our experienced Georgia truck accident lawyer has the legal insight and resources to help. We encourage you to give us a call or contact The Larrison Law Firm Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorneys online for more information about filing a claim.
Truck Drivers Can Neglect Their Duty of Care
Truck drivers are supposed to be professional drivers, which means they shoulder an even more significant duty of care for the safety of others. Truckers are required:
- To carry a commercial driver’s license (CDL), which is more challenging to obtain and requires more advanced driving skills
- To adhere to careful hours of service regulations that require them to take regular breaks and help to ensure they aren’t dangerously drowsy behind the wheel.
- To take responsibility for careful maintenance schedules that help to ensure they don’t have dangerous breakdowns on the road.
Truck drivers face stricter safety requirements in direct proportion to the immense danger that is so closely associated with truck accidents.
Common Safety Concerns With Semi-Trucks
When it comes to 18-wheelers, there are plenty of safety concerns to go around, and when truckers fail to address these concerns proactively, life-threatening truck accidents become that much more likely.
When you get behind the wheel of your vehicle, you experience blind spots. Truck drivers experience larger blind spots that spread across all four sides of their rigs, which require more significant adjustments in order for them to proceed safely. When a truck changes lanes or takes an exit, these blind spots can turn deadly if the trucker fails to take other vehicles on the road into careful consideration.
The size and weight behind a truck requires a far greater distance to come to a safe stop, which puts you at increased risk of being struck from behind if the trucker fails to leave enough distance between your vehicles.
Trucks are not only immense in and of themselves but are also loaded with cargo in one form or another. The manner in which this cargo is loaded can play a significant role in the truck’s ability to maneuver safely over the road.
When any of the following occurs, it can greatly increase the risk of deadly truck rollover accidents:
- The truck’s load is unevenly distributed.
- The truck’s load isn’t secured and, as a result, is allowed to move freely within the trailer.
- The truck’s loading job leaves it top-heavy.
- The truck is loaded carelessly in general.
When a truck rolls over on the road, it puts everyone in the vicinity at serious risk, including oncoming traffic – prior to the accident being contained. When truckers take curves or exits too quickly, rollovers are a concern even when the trailer has been loaded according to safety standards.
Truckers who speed are dangerous, for the faster a trucker drives, the more safety concerns come into play:
- It is more difficult for the trucker to control their rig safely.
- The trucker requires more distance on the road to slow down or stop safely in response to whatever lies ahead.
- The trucker allows themself less time to recognize risk on the road ahead and less time to react to it safely.
- The trucker increases the chances that they will cause an accident and increases the risk that the accident will be fatal.
Compensable Losses in Truck Accident Cases
The physical, financial, and emotional losses you experience as a result of a truck accident are likely to be very high and can include all the following:
- Property damage to your vehicle
- Medical costs that can extend far into the future if your injuries are serious, lead to complications, or develop secondary healthcare concerns
- Lost income that may need to address an inability to work altogether or a seriously thwarted career trajectory
- Pain and suffering that can eclipse your other categories of loss
Contact an Experienced Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer Today
When you need a skilled truck accident lawyer in Georgia, Brady M. Larrison is a formidable attorney and his team has a wealth of impressive experience helping clients like you. The Larrison Law Firm Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorneys can pursue the compensation you’re entitled to – allowing you or your loved one to move closer towards a full recovery.