According to the 2008 CASI Report provided by the Department of Transportation, more than half of the fatalities relating to truck accidents occurred in head-on collisions. No matter what the reason behind the cause of the accident that you have been the victim of, you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries you have sustained. You should get in touch with a Georgia truck accident attorney first to determine if you have a legitimate claim worth pursuing.

Contributing Factors in a Truck Accident

The following are some of the contributing factors that increase the likelihood of an accident with a commercial vehicle:
 
  • poor weather conditions;
  • improper braking;
  • running a stop sign or red light;
  • improper turn;
  • speed limits of 55 miles per hour or higher;
  • curved road;
  • driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs;
  • tailgating;
  • driver losing control behind the wheel;
  • failing to yield; and
  • improper lane changes. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also indicates that the longer the truck is, the higher the risk of it jackknifing, but the lower the risk of a rollover. In addition, as the weight of the truck and/or cargo is increased, the more likely a rollover will occur, but the less likely it will be to jackknife.

Determining negligence in an accident almost always will require legal counsel when you have sustained serious or life-threatening injuries. You will need adequate evidence that proves the truck driver’s liability so you can seek damages for medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, and more.

When You Need Legal Help after a Georgia Truck Accident

You may be facing a long road of recovery after your accident with a commercial vehicle. In addition to learning what your legal rights are, you should know how to protect them. You can do that by obtaining one of our books which provides valuable tips to accident victims:  10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case and Property Damage Guide for Georgia. The law offices of Shane Smith are here to help. Contact a Georgia truck accident attorney at 1-770-HURT-999 (1-770-487-8999).
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