Georgia is a significant thoroughfare for transportation traffic up and down the East Coast and connecting with western hubs. With this level of truck traffic passing through the state, it is no wonder that smaller passenger vehicles must share the road with 18-wheelers during nearly every commute. Unfortunately, numerous factors can lead to a truck-caused collision that could prove fatal for other drivers on the road.
While there are countless factors that can contribute to a serious truck collision, there are generally five categories:
- Driver error: While truck drivers are held accountable for an elevated training regimen, they can still fall into similar traps as casual drivers. From distracted driving and drowsy driving to driving under the influence or driving recklessly to meet a deadline, truck drivers can make deadly mistakes on the road.
- Poor vehicle maintenance: Trucks must undergo regular maintenance to counteract the sheer volume of miles they accumulate. If maintenance is not performed, or performed in a shoddy manner, critical equipment can fail.
- Equipment failure: Certain equipment failures are related to faulty manufacturing rather than use. Negligence during the part’s production can lead to dangerous or defective components being installed in the truck.
- Inclement weather: As professional drivers, those operating an 18-wheeler must react appropriately to dangerous weather patterns from heavy rain to ice and snow.
- Improper cargo loading: A load must be balanced and secured before a tractor-trailer enters the road. Unbalanced cargo can result in the driver losing control. Unsecured cargo can fall from the truck, striking other vehicles.
From 18-wheelers and delivery trucks to construction vehicles and mass transit, these commercial vehicles can demolish everything in their path. Due to the difference in size and speed, smaller passenger vehicles can experience devastating property damage while the vehicle occupants suffer catastrophic injuries.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a truck collision, it is wise to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.