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How a Car Accident is Different When a Commercial Vehicle is Involved

Any type of car accident can result in serious injuries suffered by the driver and any passengers involved, possibly including broken bones, head injuries or even death. Commercial vehicle accidents, however, tend to have more catastrophic consequences than car-on-car collisions, especially in cases where a commercial truck strikes a passenger vehicle. In fact, more than 11 people are killed in truck accidents in the United States every day. If you lost a loved one in a car accident with a commercial vehicle in Georgia, do not hesitate to seek legal guidance from an experienced car accident lawyer. Establishing liability in a truck accident and pursuing compensation from the negligent party or parties can be an uphill battle, and our trusted car accident lawyers can help. 

Car Accident Injuries

The most obvious difference between a commercial truck and a passenger car is the size and weight of the vehicles. Compared to the average midsize sedan, which weighs in at roughly 3,300 pounds, most tractor-trailers weigh more than 26,000 pounds, depending on the cargo they are carrying. This not only makes commercial trucks more difficult to maneuver, especially on poorly maintained roadways or in inclement weather, it also means accident victims are more likely to suffer debilitating or life-threatening injuries when involved in a car accident with a commercial vehicle. Some of the most common injuries resulting from car accidents with commercial vehicles include the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Neck or back injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paralysis
  • Permanent disability
  • Wrongful death

Commercial Vehicle Accident Statistics

Commercial trucks are larger and heavier than any other vehicle on the road and when truck accidents occur, they can do serious damage to any passenger cars or vehicle occupants they come in contact with. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly three-quarters of all truck accident injuries and fatalities are suffered by the occupants of the vehicle or vehicles struck by the commercial truck. Consider these other alarming truck accident statistics from 2017:

  • 55% of all truck accidents are caused by trucks or their drivers
  • Truck accident fatalities increased 9% to their highest level in nearly 30 years
  • 4,761 people died in accidents with commercial trucks
  • 180,000 people were injured in accidents involving large trucks or buses
  • 372 pedestrians and 76 cyclists were killed in accidents with large trucks or buses
  • Speeding is one of the most common causes of fatal truck accidents
  • The majority of fatal truck accidents occur on weekdays
  • 40% of truck occupants killed in accidents were not wearing seat belts
  • 97% of victims killed in two-vehicle collisions involving a commercial truck and passenger vehicle were occupants of the passenger vehicles
  • 11% of all motor vehicle accident fatalities occurred in commercial truck crashes
  • 10% of the accidents involved a truck driver who felt pressured by his or her carrier, including pressure to meet deadlines despite being fatigued

Contact a Trusted Car Accident Lawyer

There are more trucks on Georgia roadways today than ever before and as the number of commercial trucks sharing the road with motorists increases, so too does the risk of commercial truck accidents. Trucking companies and truck drivers have a duty to properly maintain and safely operate commercial vehicles and anytime that duty is breached and an accident occurs, the consequences can be devastating for everyone involved. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident with a commercial vehicle, and you believe the truck driver or a third party to be at fault, you may be able to pursue compensation for the driver’s or other party’s negligence and the harm it caused. Consult a knowledgeable car accident lawyer as soon as possible to explore your possible compensation options.  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)