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Drivers Beware: Georgia Truck Driving Accidents on the Rise

Friday, March 1st, 2013

An experienced Georgia trucking accidents attorney at Montlick and Associates acknowledge driving anywhere can be an inherently dangerous event, but driving with trucks weighing up to 80,000 pounds can become a battle between David and Goliath with a fatal outcome.   Georgia trucking accidents are on the rise, resulting in catastrophic bodily injury or wrongful death.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 1 of 9 traffic fatalities involves a large truck.  Although trucks represent only 3% of traffic on the road, commercial carriers cause 15% of traffic deaths.  The bottom line is that a passenger vehicle cannot win a dangerous duel with a truck.  Collisions involving big rigs involve an array of complicated federal and state trucking laws.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), trucks involved in accidents were determined to be responsible in 55% of fatality cases, and driver error caused 87% of fatalities in these collisions.  Because many truck stops have been closed down in Georgia, drivers may push their physical limits and ignore legal and regulatory requirements. Here are other reasons for driver error:

  • Legal/illegal drug or alcohol use
  • Overloaded vehicle
  • Driver fatigue
  • Violation of traffic laws
  • Weather conditions/road conditions
  • Traffic flow interruption
  • Aggressive/hammer accelerations
  • Getting too close to a car
  • Driver not screened properly/inexperienced driver
  • Cell phone/text usage
  • “Paying Back” a passenger vehicle

The best defense against a Georgia truck collision is a good offense.  The NHTSA suggests the following to protect drivers:

  • Keep a safe distance from a truck.
  • Do not cut off a truck driver.
  • Avoid the shoulder of to road, especially for tire changes.
  • Know weather conditions; Georgia weather is unpredictable.

If an accident should occur, it is imperative to call an experienced attorney immediately to assess the situation.  The Georgia trucking accidents attorney at Montlick and Associates typically seek a DAC report on the driver to discover his or her background and negotiate for the best possible outcome.  Our law firm provides diligent legal representation including keeping our clients informed and apprised of the developments in their lawsuit.  If you or a family member has been injured or a loved one dies, please contact our offices 24 hours a day/7 days a week to arrange your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) to see how we may be able to help you move past your tragedy.