Many bicyclists commute to and from work safely and carefully; however, all it takes is a careless driver for something to go fatally wrong. A bicyclist is simply no match for a moving motor vehicle or worse, a large commercial truck. Weighing about 80,000 pounds, a moving tractor-trailer can kill a bicyclist.
Sadly, tractor trailers are often responsible for killing bicyclists in this country. This is partly because truck drivers sit so much higher and are farther away from the ground; however, it mayt also be because sometimes truckers are driving drowsy, drugged, aggressive, or negligent. When they fail to use the basic standard of care and responsibility that it takes to drive a large truck, then they should be held accountable for their actions.
How a Georgia Wrongful-Death Bicycle Accident Occurs
An 18-wheeled truck can make a right or left turn with a bicyclist right in front of the truck and a trucker may still continue to complete the turn because he didn’t see the bicyclist. This may happen because a truck driver is talking or texting on his cell phone, has driven too many hours and is driving drowsy, or is driving intoxicated.
Because there is nothing more devastating than losing a spouse or a family member unexpectedly to an avoidable accident, families need to speak with a Peachtree City wrongful-death attorney to investigate the details of the case, in order to determine if there is a wrongful death bicycle-accident case. An attorney will investigate the following:
- Truck driver’s logbooks – Your lawyer will obtain the trucker’s logbooks to determine if the truck driver falsified information or exceeded the federal hours-of-service rules, which could have contributed to the deadly crash.
- Truck driver’s cell phone records – The cell phone records can be requested in a fatal accident to find out if the truck driver was texting or on the phone when the wreck occurred.
- Truck driver’s drug test – In the event of a fatal crash, truck drivers have to submit to a test to prove that they were or weren’t intoxicated at the time of the accident.
- Truck driver’s deposition – The truck driver’s deposition can be helpful if your attorney is able to catch the truck driver in a lie.
- Accident reconstruction – Your attorney can work with accident reconstruction specialists to conduct an animation of the accident to establish whether the truck driver was negligent.
Compensation in a Georgia Bicycle-Accident Wrongful-Death Case
If you lost a loved one in a bicycle crash with a tractor trailer, you and your family may be entitled to financial compensation due to the wrongful actions by the truck driver. In order to find out if you have a case and how you can pursue a Georgia wrongful-death claim, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation at (770) 487-8999 to learn more about your rights.