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What can Cause Semi-Truck Decoupling Accidents?

Semis and other large commercial vehicles are a commonplace sight on roadways in and around Atlanta. While generally safer per mile traveled than passenger vehicles, they have the potential of causing significant damage when they are involved in accidents. When truck accidents are caused by negligence on the part of a truck driver or other party responsible for the operation of the truck, victims may be able to recover for their injuries by filing a personal injury claim. An experienced truck accident lawyer will be able to evaluate your case and tell you how best to proceed.

 

Semi-trucks are a type of articulated vehicle, meaning that they consist of two or more sections attached by a coupling device. Coupling devices have the potential to fail, causing an extremely dangerous situation in which the trailer becomes separated from the cab of the truck. When this occurs, the trailer is completely out of control, and may collide with other vehicles or objects. There are several potential causes of coupling device failure, including the following:

 

  • Defective design
  • Defective manufacture
  • Improper usage
  • Failure to inspect the device
  • Driver error

 

The party or parties who may be liable in a coupling device failure accident depends on the cause of the failure. A lawyer familiar with handling trucking accident cases will be able to evaluate the circumstances of your case and uncover any evidence of negligence that may exist.

Contact a Peachtree City truck accident attorney for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in a decoupling accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation. The truck accident attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping the victims of negligence recover for their losses. We offer free consultations, and are dedicated to securing the maximum settlement or award for each client we represent. To schedule your consultation, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia