Being involved in a truck accident in Atlanta is not only terrifying, it can be life changing for the driver and passengers of a smaller car or truck that become victims of negligent commercial vehicle operators. When a truck accident occurs because of driver error or exhaustion, poor training or even a mechanical malfunction, the passenger cars traveling around the large truck are immediately placed in danger, and the results can be devastating. The attorney group at The Marks Law Group, LLC, has represented truck accident injury victims with determination and fervor to ensure our clients receive the best possible compensation package for their injuries and emotional suffering. Our firm may not be able to keep the truck accident from happening, but we can certainly help your healing process evolve in a positive way.
Commercial Vehicles Explained
A commercial vehicle is considered, by definition, as a vehicle used for carrying goods. In the United States, there are nearly 16 million commercial vehicles registered for use, including the 13% that are semi-trucks and trailers that tower over passenger cars, traveling at high speeds across the Atlanta highways each day.
When these vehicles collide with passenger vehicles, 98% of the accidents end in a fatality. This staggering number accounts for $13.1 billion in costs associated with the loss of quality of life of those injured as a result of a truck crash. With over 130,000 individuals injured in truck accident cases each year, it is important to have a seasoned attorney on your side that can help deliver results when you or a loved one has been injured as the result of another’s negligence.
Our experienced and knowledgeable attorney group knows exactly what it takes to help you and your family recover from the devastating results of a truck accident. We will examine your case in its entirety, beginning with a free consultation, to help empower you to pursue damages from the driver, manufacturer and/or their insurance companies, so your medical bills and lost wages are reimbursed in full.
Common Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2010 (the last available statistics) alone over 500,000 large truck and commercial vehicles were involved in accidents. Those accidents resulted in over 100,000 people sustaining serious injuries, and over 5000 people dying in these crashes.
With nearly one in every eight traffic fatalities involving a truck, the causes are well known to the Department of Transportation and are explained in their yearly investigative research as follows, beginning with the fact that driver fatigue is responsible for roughly 30 percent of all commercial truck accidents:
- Driver Error
- Driver Impairment (Alcohol/Drugs)
- Failure to Perform Safety Measures (Blind Spots, Signaling, Slowing)
- Improper Loading/Shifting Weight
- Truck Equipment Failure
- Unrealistic Schedules/Pressure to Drive Longer and Farther
When large truck, semi and trailer operators fail to comply with the laws of the road, or stretch their travel for personal gain, they are negligent in their responsibilities to the community they are traveling within. In the city of Atlanta, we are all too familiar with the repercussions of a tired driver’s negligence. Our firm is committed to providing our truck accident injury clients with determination and confidence so that they are able to focus on their recovery, while we focus on pursuing financial restitution on their behalf.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, it is important that you do not face their company or attorneys alone, but contact our esteemed firm first for guidance. Call our truck accident attorney in Atlanta today at 404-939-1485 for a free consultation, and to understand how we can help you move forward after your devastating accident has already claimed so much.