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Georgia Truck Accident Attorney Shane Smith I Georgia Truck Accidents on the Rise

Mechanicsville Truck Accident Attorney Discusses Current State of Truck Accidents

Based on statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for commercial, semi and tractor-trailer trucks just released, the news is not good. In 2010, the latest statistics available, show more truck accidents in Georgia and all across America. More than a half-million commercial and large trucks were involved in accidents. From these Gwinnett County truck accidents and elsewhere throughout the country more than 100,000 people have suffered serious injuries and more than 5,000 people have died in these collisions. In fact, looking at 2009’s 3,200 deaths, there has been a 56% increase year over year.

These statistics are only projected to get worse because as of last year, industry experts have forecasted that 20% more trucks will be on the road posing even more risk to innocent people and elsewhere in Georgia. In fact, the Legal Funding Industry has seen increased litigation preparation in order to handle the increase in the number of projected lawsuits against trucking companies.

If you have been injured through a Georgia truck accident or have had a family member killed due to an at-fault truck driver, contact a Gwinnett County truck accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. The only way to determine if you have a case, what legal options you have and what type of recovery you may be entitled to is to take advantage of our free legal consultations. Call (770) 487-8999 to determine what your options are!

What Can You Do to Minimize Your Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Mechanicsville Truck Accident?

  • Be vigilant:  As always, keep an eye out for trucks, tractor-trailers and commercial vehicles when merging on to a highway, when crossing lanes and when driving on a highway.
  • Stay aware of blind spots:  Make sure that you keep an eye on the truck driver’s rear-view mirrors. The truck driver can only see you when you can see the truck driver in the rear-view mirror.
  • Share the highway and be the bigger driver: If you see a truck with a turn signal on or one that is actively moving into another lane, back off and let the truck make its move. Being vigilant on the road will enable you to avoid an accident by maneuvering out of the truck’s path.

In order to minimize the chance of having a Georgia truck accident, you must employ defensive driving tactics. However, even the most vigilant and experienced driver cannot avert an accident. When a negligent or reckless truck driver fails to maintain the duty of care towards you or other drivers, a Gwinnett County truck accident may happen. When you call the Law Offices of Shane Smith you will be able to speak with a Mechanicville truck accident attorney who will be there for your free legal consultation. Don’t wait any longer, call (770) 487-8999 today!


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia