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If you were involved in a Georgia trucking collision, you likely sustained very serious or even life-threatening injuries.  Many victims of big-rig crashes even suffer permanent injuries and losses.  It is important to speak to an experienced Georgia truck collision attorney as soon as possible to determine if the truck driver and/or truck company are responsible for your injuries and related losses.

Big-Rig Collision Statistics

The United States Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) released its 2016 Pocket Guide to Large Truck and Bus Statistics in May.  That report confirms that in Georgia there were 173 fatal collisions involving large commercial vehicles in 2013.  That number decreased only slightly to 162 fatal crashes in 2014[1].

Causes of Georgia Truck Collisions 

There are many ways that negligent and distracted truck drivers contribute to and cause catastrophic Georgia truck accidents that victimize individuals and their families.  Common causes of Georgia truck collisions include:

  • Driver Error:  Driver error is ten times more likely to be the cause of a trucking crash than any of the other factors according to the FMSCA including:
  • Fatigue
  • Cell phone use
  • Inattention
  • Distractions
  • Texting
  • Intoxication
  • Inexperienced driver
  • Mechanical Failures:  The second most common cause of trucking collisions are mechanical failures.  Equipment failures can include:
  • Brakes
  • Tires
  • Trailer
  • Broken signals
  • Broken lights
  • Design and manufacturing errors like defective tires
  • Improperly maintained brakes or tires

The FMSCA requires that every Georgia truck driver and company perform a pre-trip inspection and to perform regular inspections and maintenance of their trucks throughout the year. If these reviews are performed there should be no reason for mechanical failures, like worn-out tires. However, FMSCA rules and guidelines are all too commonly ignored, leading to many big-rig collisions.

•  Improper Loading: Another cause of truck collisions involves improper loading.  When a truck’s load is not safely configured or distributed on the trailer, the load can cause the truck to malfunction when moving. A common type of improper loading results in an imbalanced load, causing a truck to top over when it would otherwise remain upright. Improper loading can also lead to a load not being properly secured, then falling off the truck and onto the roadways in the lanes of traffics.

Injuries Caused from Georgia 18-Wheeler Crashes 

Truck crash victims who are involved in a big-rig collision can experience anything from mild to severe injuries.  Oftentimes, because of the discrepancy between the trucks size and a car, the injuries and the damage are serious. Whether the trucks involved are trucks with attached trailers or semi-trucks, the impact is often just as devastating.  Truck collision victims often suffer from:

  • Fractured bones
  • Internal bleeding
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Traumatic head injury including mood swings
  • Memory Loss
  • Vision Problems
  • Hearing Difficulties
  • Neck strains
  • Deep lacerations
  • Amputated limbs
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder[2]
  • Fatalities

Many of these injuries will require years of medical treatment and chronic pain management, which can also include lost wages and the inability for the injury victim to return to the occupation they held prior to the accident. As such, it is necessary for any settlement to reflect all of the costs of the injuries and necessary medical treatment. 

Contact a Trucking Accident Lawyer in Georgia 

Being involved in an accident with a truck can be a life-changing event, oftentimes with permanent disabilities and injuries.  If you or a loved one have been involved in a trucking accident, contact a Georgia truck accident attorney to discuss your rights and to file a claim for damages against the person or persons who may be responsible for your injuries and damages under Georgia law, including the truck company if they are liable for your damages.

At McEwen & Kestner our team of highly skilled truck accident lawyers has successfully helped many truck accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and related losses. To make sure that you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled, it is important to have an experienced truck accident attorney handling your case. Please call our office today at 800-732-3070 or email pkestner@mcewenlaw.com.

References

[1] http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/59000/59100/59189/2016_Pocket_Guide_to_Large_Truck_and_Bus_Statistics.pdf

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2396820/

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