Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers in Atlanta, GA: The Marks Law Group
At Marks Law Group, LLC, our truck accident attorneys in Atlanta, GA know that being in a crash with a large commercial vehicle can cause more than severe physical injuries, but serious psychological harm too. While Fulton County, Georgia and the balance of the United States depends on truck transport to support their local and national commerce, the statistics behind the crash rates related to these oversized trucks tells a story of less success and more harm.
Our Atlanta truck accident lawyers focus on supporting our injured clients by providing the best legal representation available and delivering results that help return the quality of life they once enjoyed. We can help you and your family recover from these traumatic accidents, too.
Large Truck Accident Injury and Fatality Statistics: The Latest Numbers Across the U.S.
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration records and distributes all traffic crash statistics including those related to auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. Their large truck accident statistics are staggering, and paint a picture of the lives affected by these devastating crashes.
Last year’s NHTSA statistics show:
- 4,067 people were killed in truck accidents; a 4% increase from the previous year
- Of those killed in truck accidents:
- 74% were occupants of the other vehicles
- 16% were truck occupants
- 10% were pedestrians and bicyclists
- 116,000 people were injured in truck crashes; an additional 4% increase from the previous year
- 2,047 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes last year; 178 in Georgia alone, accounting for 8.7% of all accidents
Is there a larger problem?
- Large truck drivers have the highest percentage of previously recorded crashes, compared to other vehicle drivers: 20.1%
- More than 21% of all large truck drivers who were involved in a fatal crash had at least one prior conviction for speeding
- Large trucks make up 8% of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes
The Centers for Disease Control estimates the annual cost to the economy of truck and bus crashes to be $99 billion.
Large Trucks: Accident Causes and Violations
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 11% of all motor vehicle accidents occurred in large truck crashes. These trucks weigh up to thirty times more than a passenger vehicle, and their height and ground clearance can easily smash a smaller vehicle upon impact.
The National Transportation Safety Board lists compromised braking capabilities, including a loaded trailer taking up to 40% longer to stop than a passenger car as a common trucking accident cause. Poorly maintained brakes, or slippery surfaces can extend these stopping times greatly.
Roadside inspections indicate that the most frequent driver violations include:
- 326,818 drivers were cited for failure to log, update, or provide accurate information regarding their record of duty
- 136,585 drivers were cited for hours-of-service violations, where their federally mandated travel time limits were surpassed
The annual NTSB Statistics uncover exactly how large the trucking industry is, and its value to local and national commerce, which pressures drivers to perform longer shifts, with less rest.
- Nearly 16 million trucks are in operation on U.S. roadways
- Almost 9 million people are employed in the trucking industry; an estimated 3.5 million are truck drivers, 9% of which are independent drivers, most of whom are owner/operators
- The trucking industry accounts for approximately 70% of all freight transported annually in the U.S., accounting for $671 Billion in manufactured and retail goods, in addition to:
- $295 Billion in truck trade with Canada
- $197 Billion in truck trade with Mexico
- Truck drivers traversed nearly 280 billion miles last year, more than double the mileage covered 25 years before, accounting for:
- 14.2% of all motor vehicle miles
- 29.8% of all truck miles
- Last year, the trucking industry was a $726.48 billion industry
Common Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents in GA
When our clients are hurt in truck accidents in Atlanta, GA our truck accidents attorneys take exception to drivers, their employers, and insurance companies denying claims simply to preserve their bottom line.
Trucking industry insurance carriers will deny your claim immediately, requiring the victim to do all the legwork to prove they are owed damages. Even then, your claim can be denied repeatedly through company protocol.
Do not get frustrated by these tactics. Simply contact The Marks Law Group, and allow us to take the lead in recovering the damages you deserve. Our experienced Atlanta truck accident injury attorneys will provide exceptional representation, and force the insurance company’s hand in delivering a recovery settlement.
We have represented hundreds of accident injury victims, and know exactly how these terrible accidents occur, including the driver’s negligence in:
- Operating a truck in violation of the Federal Motor Carrier’s restrictions
- Driving impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Failing to safety check his/her surroundings, including blind spots and signaling effectively
- Loading the truck unsafely by surpassing weight limits or undermining security procedures
- Speeding or driving recklessly
- Operating a large truck with inexperience or lacking the proper training
- Getting the proper vehicle maintenance when warning signs occur, or on schedule
Contact Our Truck Accident Attorneys in Atlanta, GA Toady for a Free Consultation
If you have been involved in a truck accident, or are caring for a family member who was injured in a crash, contact our accomplished Atlanta truck accident attorneys at Marks Law Group, LLC today at (404) 939-1485 for a free consultation. Our unique approach to your truck accident recovery will allow you and your family to heal from your injuries stress free, as we pursue the individual, company, and insurance companies that represent each for the compensation you need to get back on your feet. Call us now to find out how.