A truck accident can be caused by driver errors, equipment problems and violations of trucking industry standards. For help establishing fault in your crash so you can recover damages from the truck accident injuries, contact a truck accident law firm in Atlanta.
Causes of a Truck Accident
One possible cause of an accident is driver error. This can happen when a trucker is impaired, violates a traffic law, is distracted or drives in a reckless manner.
Equipment problems are another potential cause for a truck accident. Examples include worn tread on tires, brakes that malfunction, transmission failures or improperly secured load. Liability can range from the party responsible for maintaining and inspecting trucks to manufacturers and shippers.
When trucking industry standards are violated, this can be a cause of an accident or a contributing factor. Requiring or permitting drivers to operate a truck for more than the mandated number of hours is one example. Another is a trucker not having the proper license to drive a semi.
Seeking Help from a Truck Accident Law Firm in Atlanta
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2010 there were 3,484 large trucks involved in fatal crashes, resulting in 3,675 deaths. While efforts continue to be made to improve safety on the roads, injuries and fatalities still impact too many victims.
To learn about the types of compensation that could be available in your particular claim, seek help from the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (888) 927-6955. Factored into your damages will be the extent and severity of your injuries, as well as other damages you’ve experienced.