Truck Driver Error Causing Georgia Tractor-Trailer Wrecks
Macon Truck Accident Lawyers Serving Statewide Semi Crash Claims
Driver error is the number one cause of truck accidents. Although people generally use the term “accidents” to describe truck crashes, in our experience, these wrecks occur after a number of purposeful events come together. Often, truck drivers are pushed to the limit by their employers to drive longer hours, to speed to make up for lost time and to only fulfill the minimum standards for truck maintenance.
When all these purposeful events lead to a dangerous situation, such as a fatigued truck driver, a driver who is taking caffeine pills or other drugs, a driver who is speeding in inclement weather, or a driver who has not properly maintained a truck, wrecks happen. Our truck accident lawyers do not simply settle a case for a minimum amount of money for our clients; we investigate every aspect of the wreck to ensure we get the whole story. If the responsible parties do not offer a full and fair settlement to our clients, then we will take them to trial.
Read our past client testimonials regarding truck accidents and our past case verdicts and settlements. We have successfully argued before the Georgia Supreme Court regarding issues in truck accident litigation. A Georgia truck accident lawyer will cost the same in attorney fees generally throughout the state. Therefore, you should only hire an attorney with a proven track record of results, rather than an inexperienced attorney.
What are the Trucking Accident Statistics for Truck Driver Error?
Driver error is ten times more likely to be the cause of the crash than any of the other factors contributing to a truck accident, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA).
The FMCSA examined factors that cause truck drivers to make errors, such as use of prescription drugs, speeding, fatigue, distractions, and unfamiliarity with the road, among other factors. The agency found that of all truck accidents caused by driver error:
- 44 percent involved truckers who were taking prescription and over-the-counter drugs
- 23 percent involved drivers traveling too fast for conditions
- 18 percent were caused by driver fatigue
Impaired truck drivers make poor judgments, take unnecessary risks, and are unable to react to the dangers they come across on the highways. Furthermore, truck drivers contribute to accidents by speeding and improperly loading the cargo, among other things.
Why Do You Need a Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer?
If you are the victim of a trucking accident, you need to hire a Georgia truck accident attorney to investigate. She will review the conduct of the driver and the role of the trucking company in the accident. The trucking company very well may have allowed an untrained or impaired driver on the road. Alternatively, it may have failed to follow federal regulations on the maximum hours drivers can work per shift. There are truck accident laws that regulate these kinds of issues.
If a driver is fatigued, paying attention to a phone conversation, sending text messages, or operating the truck while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, then that driver is more likely to commit the following dangerous acts:
- Driving too fast in poor weather conditions
- Drifting in and out of a lane
Macon Truck Accident Lawyer for Wrecks Statewide
Our truck accident law firm is in Macon. From there, we serve Georgia statewide, from Atlanta, Athens and Augusta in the north to Savannah and the coast, to Columbus in the west and Albany in the southern portion of the state. Our spokesperson is five-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield. This is because, at the McArthur Law Firm, we fight for people who are unable to stand up to the negligent trucking companies on their own. To speak with an attorney for free regarding a truck driver error case, call 1-888-WE-FIGHT. If outside of Georgia, call (478) 238-6600.