Truck Accident Attorney Shane Smith Discuss Some Frightening Statistics about Truck Accidents
Since trucks are much bigger vehicles on the road, they are inherently more dangerous vehicles and pose a greater threat to motor vehicle operators on the road. There are some frightening statistics that passenger vehicle operators should know about truck accidents in North Metro, Georgia.
- Truck accidents involving passenger vehicles as slow as 5 miles per hour can produce whiplash type injuries.
- Truck accidents injure or kill someone every 16 minutes.
- Based on research from the United States Department of Transportation, more than a half million truck accidents occur every single year in Georgia and over the country.
- More than 5,000 fatal accidents are due to truck accidents in Gwinnett County and elsewhere with more than 95 percent of the operators of passenger vehicle operators being killed.
- Georgia is in the top five states for the highest number of truck accidents in the entire country.
Since being involved in a Georgia truck accident occurs more often that public safety officials would like it to, those involved in a Gwinnett County or North Metro truck accident are likely to suffer severe injuries or even death. If you have suffered severe injuries or have had a loved one die in a Gwinnett County truck accident, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to have your circumstances evaluated. The free consultation you are entitled to with help you determine what legal rights you are entitled to under Georgia personal injury law.
What Can a Recovery Entail?
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be entitled to recover based on multiple types of severe injuries.
The most obvious type of injuries are those that you have physically suffered. This includes broken bones, lacerations, traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries which include bulged or herniated discs. A recovery is based on the extent of the injuries, the required medical treatment and the level of pain and suffering. This can only be determined by medical professionals who provide the treatment and give a prognosis for a long-term recovery.
Other types of injuries include emotional damages. Emotional damages can be directly related to a North Metro truck accident. Examples include reliving the accident, which is a form of post-traumatic stress disorder, suffering depression and not being able to enjoy everyday activities and not be able to work. Emotional damages can spill over and interfere with your ability to work, raising questions of damages for lost wages and/or future earning capacity.
The only way to tell what your legal rights are and what types of damages your may be entitled to is by speaking with a truck accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. Please call (770) 487-8999 to schedule your free consultation today!