Georgia has some of the busiest commercial roads in the country. Unfortunately, with all that traffic comes an increased risk of catastrophic accidents. Interstate 285 near Atlanta is actually the nation's deadliest highway, according to a 2015 report prepared by Vox.com based on crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For 2013, the last year for which data was collected, there was an average of 2 deaths per month along the 75 miles of I-285, or roughly 3.5 fatal accidents for every 10 miles of road.
I-285 and other Georgia highways are especially prone to 18-wheeler accidents. Common sense will tell you that getting hit by an 80,000-pound commercial truck is potentially far more catastrophic than a fender-bender involving a 4,000-pound passenger car. Indeed, 18-wheelers are the most lethal object on the road, which makes it imperative that the persons responsible for the safe maintenance and operation of these trucks do their jobs correctly. When they don't, innocent people often pay the price.
Putting Together the Pieces of a Commercial Trucking Accident
An experienced Atlanta 18-wheeler accident attorney can help if you or a loved one have been seriously injured due to negligence. At the offices of Calvin A. Edwards, Jr., Attorney, we know how to investigate commercial trucking accidents, which are often far more complicated than the typical car accident.
The first thing that we do is determine the extent of the truck driver's negligence. Commercial trucking accidents are typically caused by one or more of the following:
- driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- staying on the road for too many hours, in violation of federal motor safety carrier regulations;
- distracted driving, i.e. texting or using a cellphone;
- failure to obey traffic signals;
- failing to maintain a safe distance between vehicles, leaving the truck insufficient space to safely stop; and
- improper braking procedures that lead to “jackknifing,” i.e. the 18-wheeler's trailer skids forward.
Beyond the driver, we also look at the companies that own and maintain the 18-wheeler. In many cases, the owner failed to service the truck in accordance with federal regulations. The truck may also have been improperly loaded or overweight, causing the driver to lose control. Whatever the cause, our qualified legal team will get to the bottom of what happened and demand you receive appropriate compensation.
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Truck accident victims rarely get back on their feet quickly. It can take months, even years, for the physical and mental injuries to heal. And in far too many cases, the victims do not survive. This is why it is important to hold all of the negligent parties responsible.
At the offices of Calvin A. Edwards, Jr., Attorney, we understand that you may be reluctant to hire a lawyer. That is why we offer all potential clients a free consultation. Call our Atlanta 18-wheeler accident attorneys today at 470-539-8528 and tell us your story. Let us work together to help you move past your accident and rebuild your life.