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5 Ways a Truck Driver may be Negligent

Truck accidents injure thousands of people each year, sometimes seriously. Semi-trucks are often several times the size and weight of other vehicles on the road, and have the potential to cause catastrophic damage to other vehicles. Because of the risk that tractor-trailers pose, they are subject to strict federal and state regulations. Among these regulations are specific guidelines for how people may obtain commercial driver’s licenses, hours-of-service regulations, weight limits, and stricter standards regarding driving while intoxicated. If these rules are broken, it may be sufficient to hold a truck driver or trucking company responsible for any injuries that may occur due to a truck accident. In order to make sure that your legal rights are protected, you should be certain to retain an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated injury advocates who understand how to get our clients the compensation they deserve.

An essential part of any personal injury case is showing that the person who caused the accident was in some way negligent. In the context of negligence law, negligence means a departure from the standard of care a reasonable person (in this case, a truck driver), would use. In addition, the law assumes that failing to comply with the applicable law constitutes negligence. There are many ways in which a truck driver could negligently cause an accident, including:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Speeding
  • Not complying with hours-of-service regulations
  • Not properly securing cargo
  • Failing to take into account poor weather conditions

These are not the only ways in which a truck driver may be negligent, and it is important that you have your case reviewed by an experienced Coweta county Trucking accident attorney in order to evaluate whether you have a legal claim.

Contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney today for a free consultation

If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Call our office today at (770) 487-8999 to schedule a free consultation.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia