When we get behind the wheel we anticipate that we will arrive at our destination safely. Unfortunately, vehicle accidents are still a common occurrence. While most vehicle accidents are relatively minor, some are serious and result in severe injuries or fatalities. Accidents with semi-trucks in Atlanta can be devastating.
Semi-trucks, also called big rigs or 18-wheelers are a necessary part of life. They transport most of our goods across the country. While we share the roads with semi trucks we also need to be aware of the potential dangers. Atlanta is a major transportation hub in the south and therefore you may see a lot of large trucks on the roadways in our area.
Large trucks are heavy and may weigh as much as 18,000 pounds. That’s why getting into an accident with a big rig can be devastating to a car or SUV. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, IIHS, HLDI, collects data reported from every state regarding crashes. Their information shows that one out of every 10 highway deaths occurs in a collision with a big rig.
What Causes Big Rig Accidents in Atlanta?
There are a variety of reasons that truck accidents may occur. Factors that cause accidents generally fall into one of three main categories including human error, mechanical problems or weather and road conditions. Human error includes such things as speeding, following too closely, distracted driving and drowsy driving among many others.
The most common mechanical problems are tire blowouts and brake malfunctions. Trucks are required to undergo regular inspections and are supposed to be properly maintained. However, sometimes trucks are not as safe as they should be. Weather conditions such as heavy rain or sleet and road problems like potholes can cause accidents on the road.
Accidents are most often caused by human factors and these and other accidents can be prevented. Truck drivers are only allowed to drive for a specific period of time without taking a break. If they try to drive too many hours in a row they could end up driving while drowsy and this could result in a serious crash. Rear-end collisions can occur when a truck fails to stop or yield it may end up in a dangerous crash with severe injuries or fatalities.
What to Do If You Were Hurt in a Crash with a Semi-Truck
When large trucks are involved in accidents the drivers and passengers in the other vehicles may be severely injured. The driver or the truck company may be negligent in the accident. If you were hurt in a collision with a semi truck you may have extensive medical bills and lost wages. You may be entitled to these and other damages. An experienced Atlanta accident attorney will protect your rights and help you get the money you deserve.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a semi-truck accident contact the experienced legal team at The Bader Law Firm to discuss your case today.