Aggressive Savannah, GA Truck Accident Lawyer
Many of the most devastating auto accidents in Georgia involve a large commercial truck. These large and imposing vehicles are an important part of our economy, but they’re also a dangerous presence on our roadways.
Commercial trucks are simply much bigger and much more vulnerable to mishap than the other vehicles around them. That’s why the State of Georgia assigns commercial truck owners and drivers so much responsibility.
Here at the outset, it is important to note that when people talk about “truck accidents” in the legal context, they are usually referring to large commercial vehicles. These may include:e
- Semi-trailer trucks
- Big rigs
- Articulated lorry trucks
- Large box trucks
- Heavy duty trucks (and, sometimes, medium duty trucks)
- Other large vehicles used for commercial purposes
Accidents involving pickup trucks and other lightweight / light duty trucks typically proceed in the same manner as smaller car accidents (see our page on Savannah car accidents for more).
Truck accidents typically produce catastrophic damages. Tragically, many are deadly.
The sheer size of these vehicles means that an innocent driver in an ordinary vehicle is no match for them. That is especially true when you consider the high speeds at which commercial trucks typically travel.
Victims of truck accidents in Georgia are frequently entitled to substantial financial compensation for their pain, suffering, and related losses. Responsible parties may include the driver, his or her employer, and the employer’s insurance company. In some cases, the truck manufacturer, the state government, and other third parties may share in the liability as well.
These cases are complicated, and there’s a lot on the line. You need an aggressive Savannah, GA truck accident attorney to fight for each and every penny you’re owed. You can count on The Law Offices of B. Clarke Nash, P.C.
Truck Driver Fatigue: Commercial Vehicles and the Drowsy Driving Problem
Commercial truck driving is a tough job. These drivers work very long hours, most of them spent behind the wheel of an uncomfortable and hard-to-control machine. They get bored, restless, and tired.
But fatigue is no excuse for causing a crash. On the contrary, the fact that truck drivers are prone to distracted or drowsy driving is exactly why the state demands so much of them.
Here’s a common scenario: A company tries to maximize its profits by scheduling as many deliveries as possible for a single 24-hour period. To fulfill those deliveries as quickly and cheaply as possible, the company pushes its drivers to complete a grueling work schedule. They spend hour after hour driving a cumbersome truck on unfamiliar roads, often late at night and on very little sleep.
Indeed, that is essentially what happened in Walmart’s notorious 2014 commercial truck accident, which severely injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed his close friend.
Commercial trucking companies shouldn’t be allowed to maximize their profits at the expense of your safety. These companies and the drivers they employ owe you a duty of care. If they breach that duty, an experienced Savannah truck accident lawyer can help you hold them accountable.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents: Truck Driver Negligence and More
The standard for determining whether you are entitled to compensation for your damages after a truck accident is a seemingly straightforward one: Was the defendant negligent?
“Negligence” refers to unreasonable or irresponsible conduct. It includes accidental but nevertheless dangerous behavior. Most truck accidents in Georgia are caused by truck driver negligence and/or corporate negligence.
Common examples of truck driver negligence include:
- Reckless driving
- Following too closely
- Not looking carefully before changing lanes or making turns
- Drowsy driving (truck driver fatigue)
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Weaving between lanes
- Failing to use proper turn signals
- Breaking traffic rules
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Driving in the wrong direction
- Operating a vehicle while under the influence of medication, alcohol, or drugs
- Losing control of the truck
- And more
Common examples of corporate negligence leading to truck accidents include:
- Scheduling too many hours on the road
- Not allowing enough time for drivers to get enough rest
- Failing to keep vehicles in good working condition
- Failing to address known problems
- And more
Often, even if the company itself was not negligent, the employer can still be held liable for the driver’s own negligence if he or she was driving as part of the job.
Free Case Review with an Aggressive Savannah Truck Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a truck accident in Georgia, The Law Offices of B. Clarke Nash, P.C. is here to help.
Truck accidents are complicated, and you can count on the other side to put up a fight when it comes time to pay you what you’re owed. We’ll fight back, leveraging our considerable experience and command of the law.
Truck accidents aren’t the time to talk with a personal injury lawyer whose experience is limited primarily to small vehicle accidents and other routine claims. You need a deeply experienced and zealous truck accident attorney.
Our office offers free consultations to potential clients, and if we accept your case, you won’t have to pay us one cent unless and until we are successful with your claim.
Please contact us right away for a free case review with an experienced Savannah truck wreck lawyer.