Our attorneys are well-versed in the state and federal laws that go along with these accidents, as well as being able to determine who is liable for a truck accident. We are here from the very beginning to answer any questions you may have. Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers at 678-562-5595 so we can help you.
Common Causes of Atlanta Semi Truck Accidents
There are many reasons that semi-truck accidents are so catastrophic. Knowing why they are catastrophic will hopefully help you steer clear of anything noted on this list.
Depending on the type of cargo the semi-truck is carrying, the accident can be more or less dangerous. A truck that carries propane will be significantly more damaging if there is an accident. However, a truck carrying explosive or flammable material, the cargo is typically labeled on the outside.
Lots of trucks don’t have the type of cargo they are carrying on the outside of their trailer. Even if they aren’t carrying something particularly heavy or damaging, they’ve still got a massive trailer full of cargo that could potentially crush a car.
Over 750,000 people a year die as a result of semi-truck accidents. Many of these accidents are as a result of the overwork of the truck employees. The employees are on time constraints, which forces them to race against the clock and often skip out on sleep.
Driving tired is similar to driving drunk. Not only this but since semi-trucks are so much larger than a typical car, so it’s no wonder that the results are so dangerous.
Semi-trucks and many other large work vehicles have to take wide turns. Sometimes it isn’t labeled on their trailer or the back of their car. In conjunction with the fact that they have such a large blind spot, they can easily crash into a car while trying to get into the next lane to make such a wide turn.
Wide turn hits are incredibly common. Sometimes it’s only a minor sideswipe, but depending on the road and speed of the other driver the results can be much more serious.
There is a large turnover rate in truck driving. This in combination with things like being overworked and wide turns causes a lot more accidents among inexperienced drivers.
This inexperience can cause accidents because making wide turns is something that drivers learn with time. There isn’t much a person could do to avoid this, but if you’ve been crashed into and are thinking about a lawsuit this is definitely something to look into.
Loss Of Control
Sometimes a semi-truck might just lose control on the road. This can happen for a number of reasons but the most common are weather conditions or driving too fast. A semi-truck is a very large vehicle and once they lose control, they are very hard to stop.
47% of truck crashes were at the fault of the driver losing control of the vehicle. This means that almost half of semi-truck accidents are as a result of a truck losing control. This means that if you happen to get into an accident, contacting an accident lawyer is in your best interest.
What Compensation Can Be Recovered?
If you have been in an accident with a truck in Atlanta, you could be eligible to recover damage for your losses. Victims typically receive compensation for the damaged or totaled vehicles from an insurance company, but our truck accident lawyers will work fortuitously to help you obtain more of the compensation you rightly deserve beyond the minimum owed for vehicle repairs or replacement. Victims often suffer from severe debilitating injuries, which can in turn cause lost wages from being unable to work as well as significant medical bills. Unrepresented accident victims in commercial truck cases almost NEVER recover the compensation they deserve for the suffering and pain that has been caused. The legal process for commercial truck accidents is a long and arduous road, and we want to walk that path with you.
The Legal Process After a Truck Accident in Atlanta, GA
The legal process begins the moment after the accident, when the insurance company (for the truck’s owner, maintenance company, etc.) will send analysts to the scene to gather as much information and evidence as possible as they attempt to limit any potential liability from the start. YOUR attorney will also investigate the accident scene, doing their best to determine that all local traffic laws were abided by, as well as examining the driver’s credentials and interviewing all witnesses to the accident. Hiring an experienced truck accident attorney is important in this opening process, as the state of Georgia has comprehensive state and federal trucking regulations that are nearly impossible to interpret alone.
Creating a Claim: Using the information they obtained in your investigation, your attorney creates a claim, which states any possible injuries, a request for financial compensation, and indicates if there was any possible negligence that lead to your accident. Multiple parties can be responsible in cases such as these, including the truck driver, the trucking company or the parts manufacturer.
Negotiations: Your attorney will most likely try to reach a financial settlement with the insurer so that the case does not have to go to court. A negotiation like this can go back and forth a few times, but if it isn’t settled, the case will likely go to court.
Litigation: If the two sides cannot reach a financial settlement, they will take the argument before a judge and jury, who will then decide which party is at fault. The verdict is ruled, and any possible financial compensation is then rendered.
How to Properly Pass a Big Truck
Drivers that need to pass a big truck should do so as quickly as possible. Pass on the left side and get as close to the outside of the lane as safely possible. Passing on the right side of a big truck is much more dangerous. This is because the truck driver cannot see a passing vehicle driver as well, as the right side has a large number of blind spots. After a driver has passed a big truck, care must be taken not to cut the truck off. Drivers should give the big truck much more room than he or she would a regular car. A fully loaded truck takes a considerable distance to stop.
Drivers should avoid passing big trucks on a downhill slope. Trucks tend to pick up speed on down-hill slopes.
Big Trucks Need and Deserve a Great Deal of Room on the Road
Drivers should avoid spending time driving near trucks. A number of reasons for this exist.
- Big Trucks Can Act Like Sails. Even though big trucks are heavy, they can still be blown around by the wind. Big trucks have a huge amount of surface area, creating an effect like a sail. This can make them very difficult to control, especially if the truck is not loaded. This can result in the truck drifting into another lane, including one occupied by another driver.
- Big Trucks Experience Tire Blowouts. Any driver that has spent much time on the highways has seen large chunks of tire rubber all over the road. This rubber is from blown out tires on big trucks. The massive loads hauled by big trucks cause a great deal of stress on their tires. Drivers do not want to be near a big truck when a tire blows and chunks of heavy rubber start flying around. Adding to the danger, the truck may also begin to swerve when it experiences a tire blowout.
- Blind Spots. Most drivers are aware that their vehicle has blind spots where any vehicle in that space cannot be seen. But drivers often forget that this also applies to big trucks. In fact, the big trucks have many more blind spots, especially on the passenger side. Follow the advice above when passing a big truck. Get around the big truck as quickly as possible. The truck may be forced to change lanes quickly to avoid a vehicle or road debris. The truck driver may not know you are in the blind spot and an accident can result.
Drivers should look at a truck’s mirrors. As a general rule of thumb, if the driver cannot see the truck driver in the mirror, the truck driver cannot see the other driver.
- Remember That Big Trucks Make Wide Turns. Most truck trailers have stickers on them warning, “This truck makes wide turns.” However, in spite of this warning, drivers still frequently drive next to the truck as it is turning, resulting in one of the most common type of accidents involving big trucks. This is most common when the truck is taking a right turn. Truck drivers swing to the left, sometimes as far as the left lane. This seems to create a space for another driver to squeeze in between the truck and the shoulder. Drivers should not do this. The truck driver can only see his or her trailer while making this turn, not your vehicle. The driver likely will not be aware of your vehicle until it is being crushed under his or her trailer. The right side of a big truck is extremely dangerous.
Watch for a big truck’s turn signals. Even if it is moving into the left lane, do not assume it is not turning right if the truck has its right turn signal on.
Seemingly Odd Driving Behavior
Truck drivers sometimes engage in driving behavior that is confusing to non-truck drivers. For example, many big trucks have speed limiters. This results in trucks only being able to drive at a limited speed which can cause problems while passing. A heavier loaded truck trying to pass may encounter a hill causing it to slow down and not complete the pass. This can result in two trucks driving side-by-side, frustrating both the truck drivers and other drivers on the road.
Weaving around big trucks or honking the horn will not make things go faster for the driver and will only make a situation more dangerous. Drivers must stay focused on their own driving and not being critical of big truck drivers on the road.
Truck Drivers Just Want Everyone to Get Home Safe
Some car drivers think big truck drivers are trying to take advantage of their size and bully their way around the road. As with any profession, there are some bad truck drivers on the road. However, most truck drivers are doing the best they can and only want everyone on the road to get home safe. Driving a big truck is stressful and difficult and truck drivers appreciate the patience and understanding of fellow drivers on the road.
Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers – Atlanta Trucking Accident Attorneys
Our truck accident lawyers investigate your case fully from the very beginning, conducting due diligence so that they can adequately defend you against the trucking companies that, simply put, are held to a higher standard than drivers of more conventional automobiles. Because of this, trucking companies are required to follow strict procedures in driving hours and truck maintenance – but that’s not always the case. These records are often falsified to protect drivers and their commercial enterprises. That’s not okay with our lawyers, and they have been trained to catch any of these discrepancies and falsifications that can prove the truck driver, company or big rig was accountable for the accident.
To win their case, truck accident victims in Atlanta will need representation from an aggressive personal injury attorney like the attorneys at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers. Only experienced truck accident lawyers know the proper steps that need to be taken to collect and present the evidence needed to prove a truck driver or a large commercial trucking company was at fault for your case. These cases are far more complicated than other types of accident injury cases involving motor vehicles, and we don’t want you to be left out in the cold after a truck accident that has likely changed your life in some way, shape or form. If you have been involved in a commercial truck accident in Atlanta, the negligence or a driver or company could be responsible. We know this is an arduous process, but we want to be there for you from beginning to end, because it’s what you need. More importantly, it’s what you deserve. Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers at 678-562-5595 today for help with your truck accident case.