Trucks are dangerous vehicles. They do more damage in crashes, contain more moving parts that can wear down, and are on the road for more hours than most other vehicles. Truck drivers and trucking companies need to be aware of these facts and put safety first.
At Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, our Georgia trucking accident attorneys hold trucking companies accountable when their carelessness results in catastrophic and fatal collisions. We handle cases involving all types of commercial vehicle wrecks, including the following:
- Tractor trailer accidents: Our attorneys are dedicated to holding negligent trucking companies and other parties accountable for tractor trailer wrecks. We move quickly to preserve and investigate the evidence of what happened and who was at fault.
- Log truck and dump truck accidents: Log and dump trucks are heavy vehicles that must be driven carefully in accordance with federal and state safety regulations. Our firm is experienced at pursuing claims for log and dump truck collisions.
- Commercial vehicle accidents. Trucks are not the only "big rigs" on the road.
Experience matters. Results matter. Our firm has a history of winning major verdicts and settlements for injured truck accident victims and the families of those who have been killed. Don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your case with an experienced trial lawyer.
What are Some of the Causes of Truck Accidents
In any truck accident case, it is important to identify and investigate all of the factors that may have contributed to the collision. Only then can your lawyer pursue all possible claims against all possible defendants. The following are some common causes of truck wrecks:
- Commercial vehicle rules violations: Motor carrier safety regulations exist to protect the general public. When these rules are violated, the consequences can be severe.
- Negligent hiring: Trucking companies have a responsibility to investigate the driving histories of their drivers to determine if they are a danger to the public. When a company either fails to investigate or inadequately investigates its drivers, it may be held liable for negligent hiring.
- Inadequate driver training: Trucking companies are responsible for the behavior of their drivers and are particularly responsible for failing to train them properly.
- Inadequate truck maintenance: Trucking companies and truck drivers have specific legal responsibilities when it comes to inspecting and maintaining their vehicles.
- Distracted, tired and DUI truck drivers: When truck drivers spend too many hours on the road, drive distractedly or drive drunk, they can cause serious accidents.
Other causes of truck crashes include inadequate road maintenance, improper road design and negligent blocking of the roadway. A faulty underride guard can also seriously increase the risk of fatal injury during a truck accident.
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Our Georgia truck accident attorneys have decades of experience investigating highway accidents and aggressively pursuing compensation from all responsible parties. If you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one in a trucking collision, contact us today for a free case evaluation. Serving Columbus, Atlanta and all communities throughout Georgia.
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