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Truck Accident Causes

Based on 2010 research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, truck accidents are a serious problem. The following statistics are from the study that covers 18-wheel tractor trailers and related commercial motor vehicles found:

  • Half-a-million trucks engaged in commerce were a party to motor vehicle accidents
  • More than 5,000 deaths and 100,000 severe injuries are attributed to large commercial trucks. The number of deaths in 2009 was only 3,200.
  • As of 2012, this study predicted that 20 percent more commercial trucks are on the road

When you speak with a Gwinnett County truck accident attorney you are able to determine your legal rights if you have been wronged by a responsible driver.

What did the study find as a cause of truck accident?

The study found three main causes of truck accidents including the truck veered from its lane, the driver could no longer keep control of the vehicle and the truck rear-ended the vehicle in front of it.

What was it blamed on?

The three causes were broken down into the driver’s performance, the current weather conditions and the environment where the truck was driving. For example, when it comes to driver error, it could be from the driver simply not being able to drive optimally (if they are tired). Drivers can also not be able to recognize a potential hazard because they are distracted because they are eating or talking or texting on the cellphone.

Depending on the exact circumstances of the accident, if a truck driver is determined to be negligent, usually determined by the police report, witness statements or other type of evidence, a personal injury claim may exist.

Call our law offices today at (770) 487-8999 to schedule your complimentary consultation with a Rest Haven truck accident lawyer. When you call and later speak with a Georgia truck accident lawyer, you will learn what damages you may have and if they are recoverable through a personal injury claim. Don’t wait any longer to speak with a Gwinnett County truck accident lawyer today.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia