Atlanta Trucking Accidents
Atlanta trucking accidents are different from many other motor vehicle accidents because of the larger weight and size of trucks and tractor-trailers, which can range from 10,000 lbs. to 80,000 lbs. for a fully loaded tractor-trailer. When a tractor-trailer collides with a passenger vehicle, bicyclist or pedestrian, it can result in horrible injuries and a disproportionate number of fatalities. Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCA) statistics reveal that trucking accidents cause 77,000 injuries and 4,300 fatalities annually. Because of the massive weight and size of trucks and tractor-trailers, Atlanta trucking accidents also result in a disproportionate number of fatalities per mile driven. The Atlanta trucking accident lawyers of Montlick and Associates have nearly 30 years of experience representing people injured in truck and tractor-trailer collisions.
There are many causes of Atlanta trucking accidents, including: fatigued drivers, inadequately maintained tractor-trailers and trucks, lack of screening or inadequate training of truck drivers, violation of traffic safety laws, failure to check blind spots, DUI/DWI, and overloaded trucks or inadequately secured loads.
Because tractor-trailers are much longer and heavier, it takes longer to respond to potential road hazards that require sudden evasive action or sudden braking. When an Atlanta trucking accident occurs, the occupants of the other vehicle usually suffer the worst consequences. Studies of trucking accident data reveal that fatal trucking accidents typically result in death to someone other than the tractor-trailer driver in as many as 98 percent of trucking collisions involving multiple vehicles.
Investigation and prosecution of personal injury claims that involve Atlanta trucking accidents should be pursued by an experienced Atlanta trucking accident lawyer. The trucking industry is subject to an extensive matrix of federal and state regulations including regulations promulgated by the FMCA. The experienced Atlanta trucking accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates understand the unique challenges in successfully pursuing fair compensation for accident victims.
These regulations cover many trucking industry practices and procedures, including:
- Regulations governing hours of service rules which limit time behind the wheel and impose minimum rest periods.
- Requirements for maintenance and safety checks.
- Rules and restrictions regarding alcohol and drug use.
- Requirements that drivers have medical clearance to get behind the wheel.
- Policies regarding driver hiring, supervision and training.
Pursuing Atlanta trucking accidents can require careful investigation of critical evidence including the driver’s logbook and personnel files, black box data recorder, repair and maintenance records, the collision report, witnesses, and the accident scene. Some cases also require retaining experienced accident reconstruction experts.
Tragically, in serious Atlanta trucking accidents people suffer catastrophic injuries including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones and bone crush injuries
- Wrongful death
Critical deadlines govern your right to file an Atlanta trucking accident claim or lawsuit so it is important that you contact the Atlanta trucking accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law today. If you or someone you love suffers serious injury or you have lost a loved one in an Atlanta trucking accident, Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law is committed to providing dedicated, compassionate and effective representation of truck and tractor-trailer accident victims. Protect your legal rights and get the compensation you deserve.
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