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Negligence Can Result in Truck Accidents

Semi-truck accidents affect millions of Americans each year either directly or indirectly. These accidents occur for a wide variety of reasons, but when they occur due to negligence victims may be able to obtain compensation for their losses. Those within the trucking industry understand that accidents can result in extensive legal liability, with settlement and awards routinely going into the six-figures. As a result, they often offer victims much less than their case is worth, and also have a legal team ready to go should a case go to trial. Victims of truck accidents are outsiders to this system, and need an advocate with the experience and skill required to successfully fight for their rights. As a result, anyone who has been affected by a truck crash should be certain to consult with an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible.

                                   

Under general Georgia personal injury law principles, a person injured by the negligence of another may recover for their injuries. When it comes to driving, there are many ways in which a person can be negligent. In addition, as “common carriers,” truck drivers and trucking companies are required to exercise a higher standard of care than other people on the roads, and are presumed to be negligent in the event of an accident resulting in loss. Some of the more common ways truckers and trucking companies may negligently cause an accident include:

 

  • Speeding
  • Failure to conduct a pre-trip inspection
  • Distracted driving
  • Hours-of-service violations
  • Driver fatigue
  • Improper vehicle maintenance
  • Unsecured cargo
  • Failure to signal lane changes
  • Improper braking
  • Steering failure

 

There are many other ways that a truck accident can result from negligence, and an experienced lawyer will be able to help you determine whether and against whom you may have a claim.

Contact a Fayette truck accident lawyer today for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you may be eligible for significant financial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced truck accident attorneys, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia