Truck drivers are essential to the U. S. economy and our daily lives because they deliver food, fuel and other daily necessities that keep things moving. While the vast majority of truck drivers are diligent during their truck driving job, during the pre-inspection, driving period and the post-inspection period, not every single company and driver is as diligent as possible.
How bad is the situation?
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 2010 was not a good year for truck driving safety. For tractor trailers and other large trucks, there was more than a half-million crashes. Of the crashes, there were one-hundred thousand severe injuries from the accidents and 5000 fatal injuries from tractor trailer accidents. Compared to 2009 tractor trailer-caused death statistic of 3200, 2010 saw an increase of 56 percent.
The situation is only predicted to get worse because the IIHS expects the number of large trucks and tractor trailers to increase by as much as percent or greater during 2012. While the latest statistics may not be ready yet, if the data is extrapolated, the number of accidents, severe injuries and deaths is likely to increase.
Speaking with a Gwinnett County truck accident lawyer is the only way to determine what your legal rights are under Georgia State law.
What Can Cause a Truck Accident?
There are many reasons truck accidents can occur. However, there are many common reasons why truck accidents do happen, including:
- Poor road conditions – this can be weather-made (such as ice or snow) or man-made (potholes, poor road maintenance or poorly signed roads.
- Maintenance issues can cause accidents – bald tires, worn axles or engine malfunction can cause a truck to act abnormally causing an accident.
These are just some reasons why truck drivers may be responsible for the accidents they cause. If you have been injured or have had a family member killed by a negligent or malicious truck driver, you may have a personal injury claim. When you speak with a Georgia truck accident lawyer, you will understand your rights and what damages you may be entitled to under the law. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith to speak with a Norcross truck accident lawyer today.