Truck drivers and trucking companies earn their living transporting goods and materials all over the country. As they are in the business of moving cargo from place to place, they are often incentivized to get more products to their destination as quickly as possible. While there are federal and state regulations in place aimed at making the trucking industry as safe as possible, accidents continue to occur. When these accidents are the result of someone’s negligence, victims may be able to recover by filing a Georgia personal injury claim. The most effective way of maximizing your chances of recovering as much as possible from your injuries is to consult with one of the experienced truck accident attorneys of Shane Smith Law as soon as possible after an accident.
People who drive commercial vehicles such as semi-trucks are professional drivers and are required to undergo specialized training and obtain a commercial driver’s license. This does not mean that truck drivers are immune from the issues all drivers face, however, including issues such as driver fatigue or allowing emotions to affect the way a person is driving. As all of us are aware, running late or other issues can cause a person to drive in a way that may put other drivers at higher risk. When truck drivers cause accidents because of aggressive driving, they may be liable for any injuries or damage that occurs as a result. Some examples of aggressive driving include the following:
- Following too closely
- Sudden lane changes
- Sudden stops
- Offensive gestures
- Blocking lanes
- Not signaling lane changes
- Flashing lights or high beams
The best thing to do if you encounter an aggressive driver on the road is to put as much distance between yourself and that driver as possible. Do not engage the other driver in any way, and pull off to the side of the road if necessary. If you believe that your safety is being threatened, contact the appropriate authorities. Finally, if you are injured by an aggressive driver, make sure to undergo a thorough medical evaluation and contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Contact a Fayette County Truck Accident Attorney for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured by an aggressive truck driver, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our truck accident attorneys, call our office today at (980) 246-2656.