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What Causes Truck Accidents?

Accidents involving semi-trucks can cause serious injury and can occur for many different reasons. Because of the massive size and weight of these vehicles, injuries sustained in a truck accident can often be catastrophic and result in serious injury, disability, disfigurement, or may even be fatal. Because these vehicles are so inherently dangerous, trucks and truck drivers are subject to strict federal and state regulations regarding cargo, speed, the hours a driver can keep, and driver licensing requirements, just to name a few. Unfortunately, even when these regulations are followed, 18-wheeler accidents can still occur, often with devastating results. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you should consult with an experienced Newnan truck accident attorney as soon as possible to determine your legal rights.

What causes truck accidents?

The causes of truck accidents are varied, and can range from driver error to equipment failure. In addition, truck accidents may be caused by negligently driven passenger vehicles as well. In order to have a legal claim for injuries suffered in a truck accident, it is important to figure out who was responsible for the incident, and that is often a complicated inquiry requiring legal specialization. Some of the more common causes of truck accidents that are attributable to truck drivers include:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Distracted driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Speeding
  • Non-compliance with weight or height regulations
  • Reckless driving
  • Overloading a truck
  • Aggressive driving
  • Unsecured cargo
  • Not stopping to get enough rest
  • Failure to check mirrors
  • Failure to signal lane changes
  • Poor maintenance
  • Not checking blind spots
  • Driving too close to other vehicles
  • Insufficient training

 

These are just some of the potential causes of truck accidents, and are not intend to be an exhaustive list. 18-wheeler accidents can occur for many other reasons, and the best way to figure out if you have a case is to consult with a Coweta C
ounty lawyer
regarding your specific circumstances. Semi-truck accidents can raise very complicated legal issues, and require specialized legal skills beyond the typical personal injury case.

Contact a Newnan truck accident attorney for a free consultation

The injuries than can result from a truck accident can be devastating and life-altering.  If you or a family member has been involved in a semi-truck accident you may be entitled to significant compensation. The best way to maximize your chances of successfully recovering from a trucking company is to retain an attorney who knows how to handle truck accident cases. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are seasoned truck accident lawyers who are committed to getting our clients the highest possible settlement or award possible. In order to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys today, call our office at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia