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What are Some Common Causes of Trucking Accidents?

Automobile accidents between cars are significant causes of personal injury. However, whenever trucks (tractor trailers, big rigs, or semi-trucks) are involved, the risk of severe injury or death is even greater. Trucking accidents are especially dangerous due to the immense size, lack of mobility, and long trucker hours spent driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, there were 317,000 trucks involved in traffic accidents, 104,000 people were injured, and 3,921 were killed. When an injury or death occurs due to a trucking accident, the victim or their family may be able to receive compensation by bringing a Georgia trucking accident claim. If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury in a trucking accident, the best way to get the recovery you deserve is to schedule a consultation with the experienced Coweta County truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as possible.

How are Trucking Accidents Caused?

Some common causes of accidents involving large trucks are:

  • Fatigued drivers
  • Failure to stop or properly maneuver the large truck
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Dangerous cargo

 

  • Poorly trained drivers
  • Swerving, jackknifing, or tipping over
  • Truck defects
  • Negligent driver behavior

How do Trucking Accidents Differ from Auto Accidents?

Though both auto accidents and trucking accidents include motor vehicle collisions, they do differ in some significant ways. Beyond the increased danger in a trucking accident due to the large size, difficulty in maneuverability, and possible driver error, accidents involving trucks also require more complicated legal analysis. There is the possibility of multiple parties becoming involved after a trucking accident, such as the truck driver, the trucking company, the manufacturer of the truck, the manufacturer of the cargo, and the people or company responsibility for the truck’s maintenance. Because of this complexity, the experienced trucking accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help analyze your case and determine the best course of action.

Contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has sustained serious injuries in a truck accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our truck accident attorneys, please call our office today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia