Tractor trailer accidents are some of the most devastating and destructive
auto accidents, due in large part to their immense size and weight. When
these crashes occur, victims may suffer injuries which can have a severe
and life-altering impact. If you’ve been hurt in a truck crash,
call our Marietta tractor trailer lawyers at Jones & Swanson today.
Failing to Check their Surroundings
Another major cause of Marietta truck accidents is when the driver does
not properly check their surroundings. Many accidents are caused by a
truck driver merging into another vehicle on the freeway, while others
are due to a failure to check sidewalks and crosswalks before making a turn.
Drivers of commercial vehicles are prohibited from texting while driving
by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. However, they define
“texting” as any action on the phone that is not making or
receiving a phone call, and even those actions are restricted to just
one button press.
However, the long hours behind the wheel can take their toll on a truck
driver, and many will try to stave off boredom by using a computer, radio,
TV, or other electronic devices. Unfortunately, this can take their attention
off the wheel which can result in a serious tractor trailer accident.
Driver fatigue is a serious issue, to the point that the amount of time
you can spend behind the wheel is actually federally regulated. Tired
drivers tend to have slower reaction times, and their judgement is typically
impaired. When you’re behind the wheel of an 80,000 lb. tractor
trailer, even a slight lapse in judgement can have catastrophic results.
One of the leading causes of trucking accidents is drug or alcohol use
behind the wheel. Drugs can severely impair your judgement and your reaction
time, both of which are critical when driving a truck. The danger of this
activity is well-known, as the penalties for commercial DUI are significantly
stiffer than for an average driver.
Hurt in a Crash? Call (770) 884-6652 Today.
If you’ve suffered serious injuries as a result of a truck driver’s
negligence, call our skilled Marietta tractor trailer accident attorneys
to pursue fair compensation. With more than six decades of collective
experience under our belts, our team has successfully recovered more than
$50 million on behalf of our clients.
Our dedicated advocates can help you get maximum compensation for your
injuries. Call today for your
free initial consultation.