Automobile and Trucking Accidents
Although Georgia law requires every driver of a motor vehicle to exercise reasonable care and comply with all statutory rules of the road, the fact of the mater is that needless injuries and fatalities still occur every day because of negligent and reckless behavior on our streets and highways. Speeding, impaired driving, distracted driving, and inadequate maintenance of vehicles are among the most prevalent of the causes of motor vehicle collisions.
Because the circumstances of every wreck will be different and present unique issues, theearly investigation of a wreck and the preservation of evidence will often be of crucial importance.
Examples of the type of issues that often need prompt profession _action and evaluation are:
- Initial communication with and obtaining statements from investigating law enforcement officers and eyewitnesses who may have their recollections of crucial observations fade with time.
- Obtaining photographs or videotapes of the vehicles involved in the wreck and/or the accident site.
- Identification of causative factors relating the vehicles involved (such as brake failure, tire failure, or seat back failure) or the roadway on which the wreck occurred (such as engineering or grading issues leading to hydroplaning, or shoulder drop-offs caused by inspection or maintenance failures); identification of potential defendants (such as the employer of the negligent driver, the business selling alcohol to an under-aged driver or noticeably intoxicated adult, the governmental or private entity responsible for hazardous roadway conditions, or the manufacturer of a defective tire or vehicle).
In highway crashes between large trucks and cars, the cars will always lose and their occupants will all too often be killed or sustain massive injuries.
The size and weight of commercial trucks are themselves sufficient to pose significant threats to everyone with whom they share the road. When coupled with inadequate maintenance, improper driver training, or drivers who are fatigued because of over-work, the hazards posed by semi-trucks are simply unacceptable.
Because so many trucking accidents are severe, the government has imposed many regulatory guidelines on trucking companies and their drivers. These guidelines include:
- Controlling the amount of sleep that truckers are required to have before getting behind the wheel.
- Limiting the number of hours that truckers can drive daily and weekly.
- Specifying highway following distances between trucks.
Among the most prevalent of the many factors that can cause large commercial trucks to be involved in wrecks are the following:
- Lack of driver training.
- Truck driver fatigue resulting from schedule overload and impractical expectations imposed on drivers by trucking companies.
- Drivers with a history of prior wrecks or traffic violations.
- Driver fatigue, drowsiness, alcohol or drug use.
- Aggressive driving.
- Failing to slow down in response to driving conditions.
- Poor maintenance of safety components, such as tires and brakes.
- Loads exceeding weight limits or being incorrectly balanced.