If there is anything that Georgia truck drivers know, it is that “time is money.” Whether they are heading for Savannah or Macon, the quicker they can get their rig and cargo to its destination, the quicker they can get a new load. Quick turnarounds are key to a driver’s income, so it comes as no surprise that all too many 18-wheeler accidents are caused by excessive speed.
Indeed, speed kills. According to a CBS News report, between 2009 and 2013, heavy trucks and buses were responsible for 14,000 fatal accidents. In recent years, the permitted speeds have inched upwards in many states. Unfortunately, greater speed means much greater stopping distances for a heavily loaded truck.
Increased Tire Failure
Greater speeds are also associated with a disproportionately higher number of big rig tire failures. If a speeding 18-wheeler weren’t difficult enough to control, it gets much worse after a blowout. According to figures released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, no truck tire is rated in excess of 81 mph; most are rated at no more than 75 mph. Yet some 16 states allow truck speeds of 75 mph or greater.
Online Shopping May Even Be Linked to Increased Truck Accidents
Some economic experts point to an unanticipated problem caused by the growing popularity of online shopping: Since most of the deliveries are completed by trucks, UPS, FedEx and other shippers, there has been an increase in the size of the short and long-haul fleets. This “just-in-time” delivery method means more and more trucks are crisscrossing the state of Georgia at any given moment. The heavily traveled I–95 corridor running through southeast Georgia is one of the most crowded areas. The truckers are all on a computerized schedule and deadline.
They’re all in a hurry. In many situations, haste doesn’t so much make waste; it makes for accidents. According to information released by the Georgia Governor’s office, Chatham County is among the top ten counties in the state when it comes to the number of fatal traffic accidents.
Contact a Qualified, Experienced Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a member of your family has been involved in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, you need qualified and experienced counsel. The trucking companies and their insurance carriers have attorneys on retainer. Their attorneys and adjusters fan out after an accident. Their goal is to minimize the truckers’ losses. They often make a quick offer of settlement that, at the moment, can seem quite large. That settlement doesn’t usually take into consideration the full extent of your damages. Some accident victims experience mental trauma or unforeseen future medical expenses for significant periods of time following an accident.
At the Law Offices of B. Clarke Nash, P.C., you will have a strong and aggressive counsel available to you. When you call the office to check on your case, you won’t be passed off to a case manager. You will discuss the situation with Clarke himself. Clarke once worked for the insurance companies; he knows how they operate and what motivates them. He is professional, strong and aggressive – and he wants to fight for you. He has office availability throughout the state of Georgia. Contact the Law Offices of B. Clarke Nash, P.C., at (912) 200–5292, to schedule a consultation today.