Was a Truck Driver Negligent?

Thousands of people suffer injury in semi-truck accidents every year in the United States, and their injuries are often severe. Large, 80,000 pound tractor trailers can cause devastating damage if they collide with smaller vehicle, especially at highway speeds. For this reason, truck driving if highly regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the state of Georgia to help ensure drivers operate their trucks in a safe manner. However, despite these regulations, drivers still act in a negligent manner at times and cause accidents. When drivers are negligent, they should be held liable for any injuries or damages that result. An experienced Coweta County truck accident lawyer can help you recover from a negligent truck driver or trucking company.

In order to recover in a truck accident case, victim must show the driver was negligent in some way. Some common examples of negligent actions on the part of truck drivers include:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Driving under the influence
  • Failing to conduct proper inspections
  • Failing to account for adverse weather conditions
  • Improperly loaded or secured cargo
  • Violating any other regulations

These are only a few examples of truck driver negligence. After an accident, you should collect as much information as you can, including the names of every person involved, any witnesses, the trucking company and truck registration number, insurance information, and more. Additionally, you should always take notes of any other circumstances, such as whether the truck seemed to be speeding, was following dangerously closely to another vehicle, or whether there were any adverse weather or road conditions. You should give your statement to police to be included in the police report. All of this information can help your attorney show that the truck driver acted I a negligent manner.

Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

The experienced truck accident attorneys at Shane Smith Law are dedicated to helping the victims of truck accidents receive the full amount of compensation they deserve. Call our office today at (980) 246-2656 to schedule a free consultation.

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