Logging trucks are a common sight in Macon and across Georgia. You probably see the logging trucks during your day-to-day travels. These trucks are also a cause of Macon truck accidents that involve injuries or deaths. Last month, three people suffered injuries after a logging truck flipped over at the intersection on Jefferson Road. Police said the logging truck driver ran through a red light.
Logging trucks are heavy vehicles, even when they are not fully loaded. Minor collisions with these vehicles can result in catastrophic injuries or death. Logging trucks may crash for reasons that include but are not limited to:
- Improperly secured loads. There are multiple types of accidents that may occur when logging truck loads are not properly secured. Logs may come loose and hit other motorists. In addition, unsecured logs may shift while the vehicle is in motion. This may cause the truck to tip over or jackknife.
- Truck driver error. Logging truck drivers who are tired or distracted are much more likely to crash. Poor driving habits like speeding also increase the risk of an accident. Impaired truck drivers may lose control of their vehicles. These are only a handful of reasons why driver error could cause a crash.
- Mechanical problems. Poor maintenance practices or defective automobile equipment could lead to a crash. For example, tires may experience blowouts if they are in poor condition. Parts manufacturers or logging truck companies may be liable for these types of crashes.
Who Is Liable for a Logging Truck Crash?
Like other types of truck accidents, multiple parties could be liable for a crash involving a logging truck. Logging truck companies may be liable when their business practices cause wrecks. For instance, they could be liable if they knowingly hire an unqualified driver who causes an accident. The manufacturers of tires or other auto parts could be liable for a crash. Drivers could also be liable. These are examples of possible defendants in a truck accident lawsuit.
The Macon truck accident lawyers at McArthur Law Firm have experience with cases involving commercial trucks. If you have questions about your legal rights after a truck accident, please call us for a free consultation.