According to the United States Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety, at least 77,000 of the approximately 141,000 truck crashes in 2011 could be blamed on driver error. Truck accident injuries are often severe due to a truck's size and weight and are difficult to avoid because of long stopping distances required by tractor trailers. If you are the victim of a truck accident it is important to have an experienced truck accident attorney in Clayton County.
A freak December crash just outside Atlanta killed three people in two tractor-trailers and snarled traffic for nearly 10 hours. The accident occurred just before 2 a.m. according to myfoxatlanta.com. A truck traveling northbound on Interstate 75 drifted onto the left shoulder then struck a guardrail and a concrete pillar that supported an overhead sign on the southbound side. The truck rolled over and caught fire killing the driver and a passenger.
According to Georgia State Patrol, the sign caught fire as a result of the initial accident and fell to the roadway, striking another tractor trailer truck heading southbound. The southbound driver lost control, went down an embankment and was also killed.
There are many possible causes of truck accidents including driver error, distracted driving, mechanical failures, inclement weather and road surface problems among them. Drivers should use heightened caution near tractor trailers and should allow extra space before merging in front of a truck. Drivers should also be aware of a truck's blind spot; vehicles following a truck should be able to see the truck's side mirrors or they are following too close for the truck to be able to see them.
Evidence that a truck driver was distracted and that this contributed to the accident could cause the truck driver, the trucking company and its insurance carrier to be found legally responsible for a victim's injuries and damages. This may include loss of wages, medical expenses and property damage.
If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted truck driver, meet with a Clayton County truck accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. We can assist you in every stage of your case including obtaining the available evidence.