Truck Accident Attorneys in Dalton, Alpharetta and Dunwoody GA
Trucking accidents and tractor trailer accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, and are often the most dangerous road accidents. Persons in automobiles involved in an accident with big rigs, 18-wheelers, or even smaller trucks often suffer grave personal injury. In many cases, the accidents are fatal.
I-75 connects major cities like Atlanta, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Major truck routes see more than their fair share of accidents. Because of their Dalton, Georgia location along the I-75 corridor, trucking accident attorneys at the law firm of McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham see a lot of highway and trucking accidents and are experienced in handling these personal injury cases.
For more information, contact our truck, bus, and car accident lawyers at 706-508-4292.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
There are many different kinds of trucking accidents that occur on our roads and highways. While some of these are due to factors beyond our control, such as infrastructure issues, inclement weather or even attempting to avoid an accident; many are caused by driver error. Truck accidents can occur due to aggressive driving, negligence, speeding, truck driver fatigue or falling sleep behind the wheel, substance abuse, as well as the failure to maintain the truck and properly secure cargo loads. Read more about truck driving accidents, their causes, and how they can be prevented.
Common Road Traffic Accidents Involving Trucks
The truck accident attorneys at McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle, & Fordham are experienced with many different injuries stemming from all types of trucking accidents. Some common trucking accidents are rollovers, jackknifes and under-ride accidents. Learn more about how these accidents happen and what to expect in the event they occur.
Trucking Safety Resource Links
- The National Transportation Safety Board or NTSB is an independent United States government agency dedicated to transportation safety
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) works to reduce road traffic accidents, saving lives and preventing injury.
- The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent nonprofit organization that conducts scientific research and educates the public on highway safety. The IIHS is dedicated to decreasing the number of deaths, injuries, and property damage from crashes on U.S. highways.
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has information about truck driver Hours of Service (HOS) violations and regulations
- AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety seeks to identify traffic problems, foster research, educate the public and seek solutions to traffic safety issues.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the division of the United States Department of Labor that develops, monitors and enforces workplace health and safety standards and practices
- There are many different kinds of accidents involving trucks that can occur on our roads and highways. While some of these are due to factors beyond our control, such as infrastructure issues, inclement weather or even attempting to avoid an accident; many are caused by driver error.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
- Aggressive Truck Driving: Accidents as a result of aggressive truck driving, road rage and truck driver negligence happen when a truck driver's irresponsible and erratic actions impose needless and preventable risk to drivers of other vehicles. Speeding, failure to maintain lane, erratic lane changing or "cutting off" other vehicles, "brake checking" and running other vehicles off of the road are all aggressive driving.
- Speeding: Speeding has an enormous impact on serious vehicle crashes. The force of an impact is magnified when a large truck is traveling at a high rate of speed. Trucks are heavy and require more time to stop. In the event of a collision, these factors cause them collide with vehicles and objects at a much greater force than passenger vehicles.
- Unsafe Lane Change: Changing lanes without properly signaling is a moving violation and it endangers lives. Additionally, blind spots can lead to a car being struck or run off the road. Drivers need to be aware of their mirrors and remember that if you can't see a trucker's mirrors, the driver cannot see your car.
- Truck Driver Fatigue: Due to deadlines, monetary incentives, and unexpected setbacks like heavy traffic, truckers often look to make up lost time skipping breaks. Because they are not getting rest, truck drivers often get tunnel vision and extreme fatigue which can cause reckless and negligent driving. Sometimes drivers fall asleep at the wheel while hauling heavy cargo. In the U.S. hours of service (HOS) are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
- Faulty Truck Equipment/Unsecured Loads: Drivers must follow strict rules regarding equipment, cargo weight, and securing cargo. Accidents can be caused by improperly secured cargo falling off trucks, tire tread separation/zipper rupture and other equipment malfunctions.
- Truck driver substance abuse: One of the effects of the long hours truckers work is that many turn to drugs and alcohol either to stay awake for long runs, or for relieving the stress of the road. Many state laws impose stricter restrictions and enforce tougher penalties for truck drivers driving under the influence.
If you have been the victim of personal injury or wrongful death due to a motor vehicle accident involving a truck or tractor-trailer, contact our experienced trucking accident lawyers by email or call us at 706-508-4292.