Some of the most devastating Georgia accidents involve large commercial trucks. Whenever a truck accident occurs, the cause of the Georgia truck crash must be determined as well as who was responsible. Some Georgia truck accidents do not result from driver negligence but from a failure to properly maintain the vehicle.
Truck drivers are legally required to carefully inspect the vehicle to ensure that it is in proper working order. Before hitting the roadway, truck drivers must inspect the tires, horn, service brakes, parking brakes, windshield wipers, mirrors, lights, reflectors, and coupling devices. Drivers who fail to inspect their vehicles can be held liable for their negligence. Read the rest »
An 8-year-old boy was killed in an Atlanta truck accident after a part of a truck broke off and crashed through the windshield of his parents’ SUV. According to a news report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the fatal truck accident occurred on the I-20 near downtown Atlanta the night of July 11, 2012. Officials say transmission parts from a passing truck flew over the median and crashed through the windshield of a Chevrolet Blazer. The debris sliced the driver’s arm and struck her 8-year-old son near his collarbone, fatally severing an artery. The victim’s 19-month-old sister suffered minor cuts from the flying glass as well.
According to a CBS Atlanta news report, the trucking company involved in this tragic accident has a poor maintenance record. Federal safety officials say CW Transport has a worse maintenance record than 94.6 percent of trucking companies of a similar size. They have a history of having loose or missing wheel fasteners, defective axle parts, and other mechanical issues. Additionally, CW drivers ranked worse than 67.5 percent of similar sized companies. Read the rest »
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 7.8 percent of all fatal vehicle accidents in the United States involved large trucks in the year 2010. Large trucks were involved in 3,484 fatal crashes that year. It only takes a moment of negligent driving or a minor mechanical malfunction for a devastating truck accident to occur.
Truck driver negligence is a common factor in many Georgia truck accidents. It is extremely dangerous for truck drivers to exceed the speed limit, tailgate, drive while fatigued, violate federal regulations regarding hours of operation, or drive while intoxicated. Some drivers simply do not have the necessary qualifications to safely operate a large truck. Others can cause crushing accidents by failing to check their mirrors before changing lanes or making a turn. Overloaded trailers can make a vehicle difficult to handle. Defective brakes can make the truck impossible to stop. Worn tires can blow and force the trailer to veer out of control. Cargo that is not properly secured can fly onto the roadway causing hazardous conditions for other motorists. Read the rest »
Atlanta car accidents involving large trucks often result in serious and fatal injuries. The size and weight of commercial trucks make them some of the most dangerous vehicles on the roadway. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation Crash Analysis, Statistics and Information report, one out of six fatal Georgia car accidents involved a large truck in the year 2006. The occupants of smaller vehicles were the fatally injured party 86.3 percent of the time.
When a Georgia truck accident results in fatal injuries, it must be determined how the accident occurred and if the truck driver failed to obey traffic codes or federal regulations before the collision. In cases involving truck driver negligence, the family of the fatally injured victim may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. Read the rest »
A collision between a tractor trailer and a Toyota at mile marker two by the Macon Convention Center on I-16 on June 27 eventually led to several other collisions, including crashes involving other big rigs and the responding fire truck. As reported by 13 WMAZ, in addition to the original crash, two more collisions occurred, closing both eastbound lanes of I-16.
Just minutes after the first crash, a charter bus and a Ford Explorer collided in relation to the accident before emergency responders could arrive at the scene. State troopers and the Macon-Bibb fire department worked to help with the crash scene and tend to those involved, but before they could leave, two other tractor trailers crashed. One of the newly-crashed trucks collided with the rear of the responding fire truck, injuring three firefighters who were standing outside of the truck at the moment. The driver of the semi truck that crashed into the fire truck was also taken to the hospital. Read the rest »