Savanah, Georgia Semi-truck Accident Lawyers
Large, heavy 18-wheelers are a common sight along America’s interstate highway system, particularly the long I-95 corridor that links southern coastal cities, such as Savannah, with Philadelphia and New York City. With so many articulated trucks on the highway, one might expect that a majority of fatal 18-wheeler accidents would occur on major U.S. highways.
Yet the opposite is actually true. According to information released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), some 61 percent of all fatal crashes involving large trucks occur on rural roads. And while one might also guess that the hours of darkness are the most dangerous, 63 percent of all fatal heavy truck accidents occur during between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Additional Factors Associated With Heavy Truck Accidents
The FMCSA study reports a number of other important factors associated with 18-wheeler accidents, including:
- About 19 percent of all injury crashes, and 20 percent of all property damage-only crashes, involving large trucks occurred at night (6:00 pm to 6:00 am).
- The 5-day workweek is the most dangerous time for heavy truck accidents, with 84 percent of fatal crashes and 88 percent of nonfatal crashes occurring on weekdays from Monday through Friday.
- In 2014, the last year studied, 30 percent of work zone fatal crashes and nine percent of work zone injury crashes involved at least one large truck.
- Overturn (rollover) was the first harmful event (the first event during a crash that resulted in injury or property damage) in five percent of all fatal crashes involving large trucks, and two percent of all nonfatal crashes involving large trucks.
Typical Causes of Heavy Truck Accidents
While texting by automobile drivers has become an increasingly common cause of auto crashes, heavy truck drivers tend not to use smartphones while driving. Accidents involving heavy trucks are more likely linked to one of the following causes:
- Tire failure
- Sleepy drivers
- Hazardous weather conditions
- Mechanical failures
- Improper safety checks performed on heavy trucks
- Improper loading of freight
Trucking Companies Try to Use Their Own Investigative Firms Following Accidents
Today, many trucking companies have close associations with one or more crash investigative firms. Following a heavy truck accident, it is not unusual for the trucking company to dispatch one of these “friendly” investigators. Care should be taken when discussing the accident with any such private investigating team. The best course of action is to speak only with police authorities. Otherwise, say nothing. In most cases, it is particularly important to contact an experienced attorney who understands the issues involved in a heavy truck accident.
Have You Been Involved in a Truck Accident?
Have you or a family member been involved in an accident involving a heavy truck or 18-wheeler? You need a strong, aggressive, experienced legal team on your side. At the Law Offices of B. Clarke Nash, P.C., you will have strong and aggressive counsel. Clarke isn’t a TV face who employs a staff of case managers to handle his cases; he provides one-on-one attention to your claim. When you call Clarke’s office to check on your case, you can discuss the situation with Clarke himself. Clarke once worked for the insurance companies; so, he knows how they operate and what motivates them. He has office availability throughout the state of Georgia. Contact the Clarke by telephone at (912) 200-5292 to schedule a consultation today. You can also contact Clarke electronically by completing his online form.