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What are the top causes of truck accidents in Georgia?

An accident with a large truck in Georgia can be devastating. You could suffer extreme property damage as well as physical injuries as a result of the incident. Understanding what causes these incidents not only enables you to be safer on the road, but it can also help you determine whom should be held responsible following an accident.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a study regarding the leading causes behind serious crashes that involve large trucks. Through partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, researchers evaluated a representative sample from the 120,000 such accidents that took place between April 2001 and December 2003.

The study determined that the major factors behind these serious truck accidents included the following: 

  • Critical events, such as veering from the truck’s lane or losing control of the truck
  • Critical reasons, such as the driver fell asleep or made the wrong decision, or there was a defect with the vehicle
  • Associated factors, such as there were issues with the road or the driver was under the influence of drugs

Depending of the cause of the incident, you may be able to hold one or several entities responsible for your damages. For example, if there is a defect with the truck, you could file a claim against the manufacturer. For a fatigued driver, you may be able to sue the driver and the trucking company for failing to monitor the trucker’s hours properly.

The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reported that in 2012, there were 153 traffic fatalities due to a crash involving a large truck. It is critical that truckers and the companies that employ them take the time to ensure they are safe while on the road.

While this information may be useful, it should not be taken as legal advice.

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