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Truck Accidents: Common Causes and Who's Liable

Being involved in a motor vehicle accident is a risk that Georgia drivers face every time they get behind the wheel and this risk is elevated any time there is a commercial truck on the road. Georgia’s highways are jam-packed with tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers tasked with transporting goods from place to place in accordance with a strict delivery schedule, and these trucks pose a considerable hazard to motorists expected to safely share the road with them. If you are the victim of a truck accident in Georgia, your first course of action should be to consult an experienced truck accident lawyer to discuss how best to proceed. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party in order to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses.

Truck Accident Liability

In the aftermath of a truck accident, it is imperative that you determine what went wrong and who is at fault for the accident so you can pursue compensation from the appropriate party. There are strict state and federal laws in place that govern the trucking industry and these laws set forth important standards with which truck drivers, trucking companies and truck owners are required to comply. These laws also establish liability in the event of a truck accident. Unfortunately, determining liability in a truck accident isn’t as easy as it sounds. 

Every truck accident case is different and while some collisions with commercial trucks occur because of unforeseen circumstances that could not be controlled, the vast majority of these accidents are the result of negligent behavior by the truck driver or a third party. And depending on the circumstances of the accident, there are many different parties that can be held liable, including the following:

  • Truck driver
  • Trucking company
  • Truck owner
  • Truck manufacturer
  • Truck loading company
  • Leasing company
  • State or local government

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Just like any motor vehicle accident, there are many different circumstances that can play a role in a truck accident, such as driver error and defective auto parts. However, truck accidents are unique in that there are a number of other factors that can contribute to a commercial truck accident, including the size of the load the truck is carrying and the driver’s training and driving schedule. For instance, some truck drivers or trucking companies disregard the driving time limits required by federal law in order to maximize profits, which can increase the likelihood of a collision. Compared to passenger cars and trucks, commercial trucks are also considerably larger and a great deal heavier, which makes them more difficult to maneuver and also increases the risk of serious or potentially life-threatening injuries in the event of a truck accident. The following are some common causes of truck accidents:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Defective truck brakes or tires
  • Speeding or reckless driving
  • Inadequate training
  • Poor hiring practices
  • Failure to follow hours-of-service regulations
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Failure to properly inspect, repair or maintain trucks
  • Dangerous weather or road conditions
  • Overloaded or improperly loaded trucks

Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer

The physical, emotional and financial consequences of a serious truck accident can last a lifetime, and the last thing you need after being injured in a truck accident is to bear the burden of paying for someone else’s negligence. By retaining a knowledgeable truck accident attorney and familiarizing yourself with the common causes of truck accidents and the responsibilities of each person or entity connected to the truck and the load it was carrying at the time of the accident, you can determine whether you have a valid injury claim and, if you do, the best way to move forward with your case.  The partners at Georgia Injury Attorneys fit the bill.  Please call us at:  (404) 892-2229.

Georgia Injury Attorneys Partners:  Chrisna Jones, Esq. (Managing Partner), Jamie S. Cox Esq. (Partner), Brian D. Poe, Esq. (Chairman)

Office Locations:  Atlanta, Buckhead, Dunwoody/Sandy Springs, and Union City/Fairburn (South Fulton)