US Department of Transportation statistics show that 3,986 people died in truck accidents during 2016. In Georgia, there were 179 truck accident fatalities that same year. A previous blog discussed truck accidents involving logging trucks. However, there are other types of truck accidents that frequently occur in Georgia. Common truck accidents in Georgia include but are not limited to:
- Lost load accidents. Commercial trucks may sometimes lose the loads they are hauling. In many cases, this occurs when loads are not properly secured. Debris can fall from a commercial truck and hit other motorists. Some objects, such as logs, are capable of causing catastrophic injuries or deaths when they strike other vehicles.
- Fatigued driving accidents. Truck drivers can fall asleep at the wheel and hit other motorists. Fatigued driving accidents may occur when truckers violate hours-of-service rules. In other cases, truckers may be suffering from untreated obstructive sleep apnea. Certain over-the-counter, prescription and illicit drugs can also cause fatigued driving accidents.
- Jackknifing accidents. When a truck jackknifes, its trailer swings outward in an L-shape towards the cabin. Bad weather (slippery road conditions) or suddenly locking the brakes can cause jackknifing accidents. Trucks become uncontrollable when they jackknife, which may force collisions with other vehicles.
- Rear-underride accidents. We have written other blogs on rear-underride accidents. This is where a smaller passenger vehicle is forced underneath the back or side of a truck’s trailer. Underride accidents may occur when truck drivers suddenly hit the brakes and motorists do not have enough stopping room. Many underride accidents are fatal.
- Accidents caused by poor maintenance. Trucks must be properly maintained. Tires, brakes, lights and other equipment on semi-trucks can break down over time. For instance, tires can suffer blowouts, which would lead to a loss of control. Poor maintenance practices can cause accidents.
- Distracted or impaired driving. Truck drivers may cause accidents if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In other cases, truck drivers may crash because they are distracted.
- Accidents caused by dangerous driving or inexperience. Truck drivers may cause accidents if they are speeding or if they run red lights. Unsafe lane changes can also lead to accidents. Suddenly hitting the brakes or driving without the headlight on are other possible examples of driver error.
Contact Our Macon Truck Accident Attorneys
Were you or a loved one involved in a truck accident? The attorneys at McArthur Law Firm have extensive experience handling truck accident cases. You could speak to one of our Macon truck accident attorneys during a free consultation. We can help you determine your possible options for seeking compensation for your injuries or loss.