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Atlanta Truck Accident: Attorney Explains Why Fatalities Occur and When to File a Claim

When someone you love has been fatally injured in a truck accident, you may be wondering if you can pursue legal action. Compensation could be available, which an Atlanta truck accident attorney can help determine, based on the type of collision and the cause of it.

Fatal Truck Accidents

The potential to be killed in an accident involving a semi is high. With the weight and size of these big rigs, accidents of this nature are almost always catastrophic.

One of the more common types of fatal truck accidents to happen is a rollover. Cars that are crushed in a rollover do not stand much of a chance. Rollovers are usually the result of a driver speeding or taking a curve too fast. There is virtually no way to regain control when a truck begins to roll.

Another common type is a head-on collision. Even at a lower speed limit because of the truck’s size, the results can be deadly. But this is especially true if the truck and/or car is traveling at a high rate of speed. This type of crash can happen if a truck crosses the center line, sometimes as a result of fatigue. Or if the truck swerves to avoid something in the road and makes impact with an oncoming vehicle.

The third type is an underride. This is when a vehicle goes underneath the rear or side of a truck. It can completely rip off or crush the top of the car. Underride accidents can happen when a truck jackknifes or suddenly stops. However, this may be prevented if the truck is outfitted with an underride guardrail.

Causes of Fatal Truck Accidents

When injuries or fatalities ensue, there are some common causes, which include the following: 
  • reckless driving;
  • impaired drivers;
  • inclement weather;
  • driver fatigue;
  • speeding;
  • aggressive driving;
  • brake failure;
  • tire blowout;
  • failure to yield right of way; and
  • running off the road. 

No matter the type or cause of the accident, if it was the result of driver negligence, you may be able to pursue an injury claim. Compensation for medical bills, burial and funeral costs also may be available.

In addition, you could also be entitled to damages that address your family’s pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of companionship, earning potential and more. Seeking legal counsel is the best way to learn what your legal options are.

When It’s Time to Contact an Atlanta Truck Accident Attorney

When you or someone you love has sustained serious injuries caused by someone else’s negligence, you should know what your rights are. The Law Offices of Shane Smith can provide you with valuable tips on how to protect your case, free of charge, including: 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case and Property Damage Guide for Georgia. Contact our offices at 1-770-HURT-999 (1-770-487-8999).

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia