In 2010, 13 percent of the U.S. population was 65 or older. Declining birth rates and the aging of the baby boomers, however, mean that a major demographic shift is coming. By 2030, more than 20 percent of the population in the United States is going to be 65 and up. The increase in the percentage of the senior population is a concern to road safety experts, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has reported a higher rate of collisions among drivers aged 70 and up compared with drivers who are middle-aged. grandmother-646364-m

Seniors who cause motor vehicle accidents must be held accountable just as younger drivers are. If an elderly motorist makes an unsafe or careless mistake or violates the rules of the road, collision victims should speak with a car accident lawyer in Atlanta about their options for holding the senior driver accountable for crash damages. Before it gets to the point where a senior causes an accident, however, it is beneficial for the senior and his or her family members to make an informed choice about when a senior is no longer safe to drive.

When Do Seniors Present an Unacceptable Atlanta Crash Risk?

Determining when a senior presents an unacceptable risk behind the wheel can be difficult. Boston.com reports that it is very important a senior not stop driving too soon. The AAA Foundation has conducted a study determining the impact of driving cessation on health outcomes for seniors. The study found there is a strong correlation between the loss of driving privileges and deteriorating mental and physical health.

Seniors who are no longer able to drive show higher rates of depression than people of the same age who still are able to get behind the wheel. Former drivers also participate less frequently in outdoor activities, have lower productivity rates, experience a major drop in social activity, and have a reduction in cognitive abilities compared with people in the same age group who still operate vehicles. Admission to a long-term care facility is also much more likely once a senior has stopped driving, with seniors who no longer operate a vehicle as much as five-times more likely to be admitted to a long-term care facility.

The AAA study does not prove that the decision to stop driving is the cause of the decline in seniors. However, it does suggest there is a strong correlation between giving up driving and adverse health effects. If this correlation is seen in other studies, it could suggest seniors should try to maintain the ability to drive as long as possible.

At the same time, the health of one senior does not take precedence over every other motorist on the road. When a senior has physical or mental issues affecting the ability to operate a car safely, the senior, his family members, or his doctor should insist that the elderly individual no longer continue to operate a car.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a senior driver. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. 

Truck driver shortages are increasingly a concern when it comes to keeping truck companies staffed. Just this past May, Fortune reported a shortage of qualified truck drivers could have an adverse impact on inland shipping costs, as there are between 35,000 and 40,000 too few qualified truck drivers to meet demand within the United States. Forbes referred to the shortage as a “slow-rolling crisis.” truck-1192536-m

Amidst the shortages, trucking companies may find themselves forced to hire drivers with less experience than they might otherwise prefer. Trucking companies, however, remain responsible for ensuring the truck operators they hire are qualified and able to keep motorists safe by operating vehicles in a responsible manner.

If companies hire unqualified truck operators and those truckers cause accidents, the trucking company can be held responsible both for its negligence in hiring and for the careless actions of on-duty workers. An Atlanta truck accident lawyer can provide assistance in situations where a truck driver or trucking company should be held responsible for crash losses.

Trucking Companies Need to Ensure Drivers are Skilled

Truck drivers are obligated to have a Commercial Driver’s License, which is one way of ensuring they have a basic minimum level of skill to operate a truck without causing injury. The problem, however, is a CDL is not necessarily sufficient proof the trucker knows how to be safe on the road.

CCJ Journal recently reported there was a fraud ring ongoing in five different Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) testing offices throughout the New York City area. Applicant seeking a commercial driver’s license paid between $1,800 and $2,500 in return for being provided with answers to the DMV’s CDL exam. The fee also covered an “escort” service through the CDL testing process. The scheme was a high-tech one. Blue-tooth headsets were used as a communications device, and pencils were used that had been encoded with miniature answer keys to the tests. An external test-taker was also employed to complete the exams for the CDL applicants.

Five people were found guilty in connection with the CDL testing ring after surveillance operations including remote cameras revealed the collusion to help the CDL applicants successfully pass their tests. Possible sentences for participation in the scheme could include as long as 20 years imprisonment.

The Department of Homeland Security, as well as state authorities from the Attorney General’s Office and the Office of Inspector General were all involved in bringing down the fraud ring because of the serious nature of the crimes. When unqualified drivers are given commercial licenses, these individuals can go on to operate trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of as high as 80,000 pounds. Without the knowledge necessary to safely operate these vehicles, the crash risk is significantly increased.

Trucking companies should not trust a CDL alone to be proof of competence when it comes to preventing truck crashes. Companies have an obligation to ensure drivers have reasonable skills behind the wheel, and the companies can be held accountable when drivers turn out to be unqualified and dangerous.

The Atlanta truck accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a negligent driver. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. 

A recent study published by FSU shows there are attentional costs simply for receiving notification of a text message or an incoming telephone call, even when you do not take the call. When a phone vibrates or a quiet sound goes off, this can impair your focus on the road and have a significant adverse impact on driving safety. v3-white-1544058

The new study is troubling, because so many people drive with their phones even despite knowing the risks.  When a motor vehicle accident occurs because a driver has become distracted by a cell phone, an Atlanta car accident lawyer should be consulted for assistance in pursing a claim for injury compensation.

Kids Model the Behavior of Parents When It Comes to Atlanta Distracted Driving Crashes

According to the FSU study, even hearing a cell-phone notification can significantly damage performance on tasks because the notification can prompt mind-wandering and take focus off the task at hand. The risk of hearing a notification may be just as much of a distraction as actually using the cell phone to call or send text messages.  Young people are especially likely to keep their phones on and notifications enabled while driving, which puts teens at significant risk.

Teens are bombarded with information on the dangers of distracted driving, including a recent shocking ad from AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign.  ABC News reported the ad showed a mother in a vehicle with a baby in the back seat. The mother checks her phone while her child is in the back seat, her car clips a truck traveling in the opposite direction, and the car goes flying up into the air. The ad is designed to show teens and other motorists that it takes only a second for a tragedy to occur.

Despite knowing the dangers, however, kids are often influenced by something far closer to home when it comes to texting: the actions of their parents in the car. The mother in this AT&T ad is modeling a high-risk behavior for her child and the Washington Post reported that evidence shows kids are paying attention. According to the Post, the majority of teens say their parents or other adults text all the time, and the same number of teens who said they saw their parents texting admit that they also send and receive messages behind the wheel.

Claims Journal also indicates teens reply to texts from their parents because their parents expect a prompt response. More than 19 percent of teenagers say their parents expect a reply to a text within one minute, which prompts those teens to pick up the phone even if they are operating a vehicle at the time.

When teens know their parents expect a reply, hearing a cell phone notification can make them nervous and draw their attention from the road- exactly as the FSU study warns.  These teens are a danger to themselves and to others on the road, even if they don’t pick up the phone in response to the text. Victims injured by a texting teen need to understand their options for pursuing a claim for compensation.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a negligent driver. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. 

After a motor vehicle collision, the insurer for the driver who caused the crash should be responsible for making crash victims whole. This means paying for property damage caused by the collision as well as paying for economic and non-financial damages the accident has caused.  Unfortunately, many insurance companies are reluctant to pay what is due.  This is true not just for big claims, but even when relatively small amounts of money are at stake. money-man-1-590974-m

Getting the money you need is important so you can get a new car, repair your vehicle, and respond appropriately to treat all injuries and losses. The more serious your injuries and the more extensive your damages, the more important it is for you to have an Atlanta car accident attorney to help you stand up to the insurance companies and fight for what you are due.

Car Insurers May Fight to Avoid Paying Out Fair Value of Atlanta Car Crash Claims

One recent case reported on the SC Times shows just how far insurance companies may be willing to go to avoid paying out even small amounts of money they clearly owe.  The case arose when a young man was involved in an automobile accident while driving his family’s Buick. The Buick had 147,000 miles on it, and was worth between $3,500 and $5,000 based on the value of comparable cars.  The young man was struck in the Buick by a driver in a rental car from National Car Rental.  Records show the driver of the National Car Rental vehicle was at fault for the accident. This made the insurer for National Car Rental responsible for covering losses caused to the young man.

The Buick had only collision coverage on it, so the insurance company providing coverage for the Buick did not provide any assistance to the family in making their claim against the rental car’s insurance company. The mother of the young man driving the vehicle began representing her family and her son’s interests.  She made repeated telephone calls to find out what was going on before learning an appraiser had valued the car very low. Even though the family had paid $1,200 just to store the vehicle and to tow it back home, the insurance company offered a total settlement amount of just $1,300.

The mother showed the insurer proof of the value of the car and disputed the insurer’s claims that the vehicle mileage could not be checked because the car could not be turned on. The insurer was very slow to move the case forward, did not provide reasonable information to the mother, and made multiple low offers that were not even reasonably close to covering damages.

Even when the mother complained to the Insurance Commissioner, the insurance company refused to budge. The insurance company told the Commissioner they would not pay more and said that when the family did without collision coverage, they took a chance of having no carrier to help them mitigate losses.  Of course, this is not how it works- the insurance company should have been responsible for the losses their insured caused.

Ultimately, after more than a year of fighting and after producing a stack of paperwork more than four inches thick, the mother succeeded in getting a settlement from the insurer of $3,522.

The lengths the insurance company went to in order to avoid paying out just $2,222 show just how reluctant insurance companies are to pay. When you have suffered greater losses, it is even more essential to have an advocate helping you to fight to get what you deserve.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a negligent driver. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. 

 

Construction picks up in Atlanta during the summer months, which means more construction workers on the roads and more detours or closed lanes.  Construction sites can be dangerous, and construction workers are not the only ones at risk. Drivers who do not know how to react to merging lanes or who are distracted by the construction may be a risk to other motorists on the road. Construction can also lead to road closures causing detours for trucks and other vehicles and increasing the chances of a crash happening on unfamiliar roads. working-701884-m

Because construction sites can be dangerous places, it is imperative drivers slow down to get through the construction zone safely. A driver who disobeys a slower speed limit set in a construction site could be subject to a large traffic ticket fine.  If a driver is disobeying the construction zone limit or is otherwise negligent, his carelessness in the construction area could be justification for a personal injury claim brought by injured workers or other victims involved in a collision.  An Atlanta car accident lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can provide legal assistance to victims involved in construction accident cases.

Roadway Work Zones are Dangerous for Motorists and Workers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a comprehensive report about the dangers of work zones for motorists and for construction workers.   The CDC has included data dating back to 1994 to show trends in construction zone accidents over time:

  • From 1994 to 1999, there were 778 motorist fatalities in construction and maintenance work zones.
  • From 2000 to 2006, there were 1060 fatalities in construction and maintenance work zones.
  • From 2007 to 2012, there were 669 fatalities in construction and maintenance work zones.

The highest number of people injured in construction and maintenance work zones occurred in 2003, when there were 1,095 people killed in construction areas on the road.  The lowest number of deaths, 609, occurred in 2012.

The CDC also has data on people killed while working on construction sites, in addition to the information on motorists affected by construction accidents. In total between 2003 and 2007, there were 639 worker deaths while workers were on roadside construction zones. This accounts for 7.9 percent of all construction-industry deaths.

From 2003 to 2010, 962 workers were killed on a road construction zone. Hundreds continue to be killed each year. In 2013 alone there were 105 worker deaths in construction areas.  Georgia was one of the top 10 states for worker deaths in construction areas on the road, with only Texas, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California and Tennessee having a higher number of worker fatalities.

Georgia drivers need to be aware they are endangering construction workers, themselves, and other motorists. When driving through a construction area in Atlanta this summer, be certain you obey all rules for merging lanes or staying out of work zones. You should also ensure you slow down to a safe speed, following the posted guidelines until you have left the work zone entirely.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a negligent driver. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. 

Summer is road trip season for Atlanta drivers. CBS reports an estimated 38 percent of travelers taking a road trip bring their pets with them on the vacation. While it may be fun to take your furry friends with you, however, your pets can present a signifiant risk behind the wheel. The problem is, drivers tend to become distracted by pets in the car. This distraction can be just as dangerous as using a smart phone or electronic devices. anniegirl

A driver who is paying attention to a pet and not the road can become responsible for any resulting motor vehicle accident that occurs due to his negligence. An Atlanta distracted driving accident lawyer can provide legal assistance to victims injured by a motorist who has a pet with him and who is focused on the animal instead of on road safety.

The Risks of Pets in Atlanta Distracted Driving Accidents

A recent AAA survey found 13 percent of pet owners admit they are distracted by their pets when in a car. Of drivers who take their pets with them, 42 percent said they pet their animals while driving. This is the most common distraction for pet owners. Twelve percent of drivers indicate they have taken a picture of their pet at the same time as they were driving the car and 17 percent of people with pets in the vehicle with them said they have given their animals water or food at the same time as they were driving.

Another survey reported on by Daily Light found an even higher percentage of drivers admitting their pets are a problem when it comes to paying attention in the road. In this survey, 29 percent of respondents said they were distracted by their pet. Drivers reported doing things like putting their dogs in their laps, giving them treats, and petting them.

Taking a pet along on a road trip is not just dangerous for other motorists who may be put at risk by a distracted driver. The pet and the people in the car with it can also be at significant risk. Although almost 40 percent of pet owners bring their animals along on road trips, more than 37 percent said they have never restrained a pet in the car.

A dog that weighs just 10 pounds who is unrestrained in the car will emit 300 pounds of force if the animal flies through the air in a crash. An 80-pound dog can exert up to 2,400 pounds of force if unrestrained. Dogs and cats can become badly hurt if involved in an accident, and can cause serious injury to others in the car.

Pet owners need to ensure they are making the responsible choice. If you bring a dog, cat, or other animal with you, make sure your pet is properly restrained and not a distraction. Everyone, including your animal companion and other motorists on the road, will be a lot safer with these simple precautions.

The Atlanta distracted driving accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a negligent driver. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. 

Truck accidents frequently occur as a result of drivers who are too tired, who are impaired, or who break the rules of the road. Poorly maintained trucks can also be a leading cause of accidents. Truck drivers and motor carrier companies may be held responsible and an Atlanta truck accident lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can provide legal representation to victims of collisions who have sustained harm. money dollars

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) knows the common causes of truck crashes and has passed myriad regulations designed to discourage dangerous behaviors and encourage best practices for safety. FMCSA rules, for example, require truckers to keep logs to ensure they do not drive for too long and require drivers to check vehicle parts and load balance before setting off on a trip.

When trucking companies or truck drivers violate FMCSA safety rules, accident risks significantly increase. To try to reduce the number of violations that occur, FMCSA has now made changes to the fines that will be imposed when truckers and trucking companies do not follow the rules.

FMCSA Changes Fines to Help Prevent Atlanta Truck Crashes

The FMCSA has made substantial changes to impose stricter penalties and fines. The new higher penalties went into effect on June 2 according to Trucking Info.

Changes affect penalties for record keeping violations; falsification of records; failure to record violations on the part of the motor carrier; and violating out-of-service orders. The fine for egregious hours-of-service violations also rose from a prior maximum of $11,000 to a new maximum fine of $16,000. Big increases also occurred in fines imposed for hazardous material violations. For example, violating federal rules while carrying HAZMAT materials used to carry a maximum fine of $50,000 and now carries a maximum fine of $75,000.

These and other fines and penalties are levied whenever violations are identified. This commonly occurs when high risk motor carries are audited through the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Enforcement Program. After the FMCSA conducts an audit, identifies violations, and issues fines, the agency’s actions become a matter of public record. This can have an adverse impact on the brand of the motor carrier and it can cause insurance rates to rise. Qualified commercial drivers may not want to work for a company with a poor safety culture, so the company may face difficulties attracting safe drivers in the future.

Data on FMCSA fines is also available when the trucking company is sued, which can make it more likely a motor carrier will become liable for losses.

Trucking companies need to be aware of added fines and penalties and the new FMCSA rules should encourage companies to make safety a priority. Hopefully, the higher fines will be good inventive to get trucking companies to do the right thing and protect the public.

The Atlanta truck accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a negligent driver. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. 

In 2011, 277 people died in drunk driving accidents in Georgia. The Georgia Governors’ Office of Highway Safety reports 23 percent of deadly car crashes in the state occurred because of impaired driving.  Nationwide, drunk driving causes as many as 10,000 deaths each year. refreshing-beer-1267279-m

When a driver makes the dangerous choice to be impaired behind the wheel, an Atlanta drunk driving accident lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C.  can provide legal assistance to the victims injured or killed by the impaired motorist.  Even when victims are compensated for losses, unfortunately nothing can undo damage done when injuries are permanent or when death results from drunk driving. Prevention is always the goal and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced new technologies that could one day perhaps make drunk driving a thing of the past.

Can Technology End Atlanta Drunk Driving Accidents?

NHTSA has been working in conjunction with the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS) since 2008 to develop Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS).    The goal is to develop a technology to incorporate into motor vehicles that does not inconvenience drivers in any way, but which is effective at measuring a driver’s blood alcohol concentration. Drivers do not want their rights infringed on and do not want to be forced to actively take a breath or other BAC tests every time they get into a car if they have no history of impaired driving.  However, if a technology could be incorporated to prevent a car from allowing a driver to operate while impaired, the technology could save as many as 7,000 lives annually.

The hope is such a technology will be available within five years. NHTSA has announced significant progress with DADSS.  Just recently, two new technologies were incorporated into a test vehicle so researchers can observe how drivers interact with the technologies and whether they work well.

The technologies both prevent a car from moving when a driver’s blood alcohol concentration is detected to be .08 or higher, which is the legal limit nationwide. One infrared technology works by touch, with the infrared reading the blood alcohol content below the surface of the driver’s skin. The other technology is breath-based but, unlike most breath tests, the driver does not have to do anything different other than normal breathing. When the driver exhales, the test is able to detect his blood alcohol concentration through the breath.

If the technologies can get an accurate reading and can be used without causing hassle to a motorist, it is possible they will be effective in the fight against drunk driving. Initially, breath test technology is expected to be offered as an optional add-on safety feature in vehicles. One target market may be parents who want to make sure their children are never able to drive drunk. The success of the technology could lead to its adoption as a mandatory feature on vehicles so drivers will effectively be prevented from impaired driving.

The use of technology to prevent drunk driving is a long way away as a standard feature, and there remains a very real risk until such time. Motorists who make the irresponsible choice to operate a vehicle after drinking alcohol should be held accountable by the victims of their negligence and wrongdoing.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a drunk driver. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. 

Sudden acceleration can cause dangerous collisions. Sudden acceleration is described by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as “unintended, unexpected, high-powered acceleration, accompanied by an apparent loss of braking effectiveness that typically occurs from a very low initial speed when the driver is attempting to stop the vehicle.” dashboard-1151759-m

Over the past 40 years, NHTSA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have received numerous reports of sudden acceleration and have launched myriad investigations.  No vehicle defect has been identified during this time to explain the sudden failures of both the braking system and throttle.  Instead, pedal application data from vehicle event data recorders over the past five years suggests accidents in which sudden acceleration has occurred likely happened because a driver accidentally hit the gas instead of the brakes. These investigations have led NHTSA and NTSB to conclude reports of sudden acceleration were all likely caused not by a vehicle problem but by pedal error.

A driver who accidentally hits the gas instead of the brake can cause a dangerous high-speed collision. Innocent victims should consult with an Atlanta car accident lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter for assistance in pursuing a case for damages when pedal error has occurred.

Reducing the Risk of a Collision Resulting from Pedal Error

Pedal error occurs any time the driver accidentally steps on the accelerator instead of on the brake. It may also occur if the brake is hit instead of the accelerator or if the driver steps on both the brake and accelerator at the same time.  When this occurs, the vehicle may accelerate suddenly and rapidly with no brake force slowing the car down.

Pedal error often happens when a motorist is trying to park a vehicle, at intersections and highway exit ramps where braking is routinely required, and in situations when a driver is traveling at a low speed. Motorists who make a pedal error usually recognize what they have done but cannot correct the error in time to prevent a collision.

Each year, pedal error causes an estimated 16,000 preventable motor vehicle accidents. Motorists and pedestrians sustain serious injury from these accidents and property is routinely damaged.  Drivers responsible for the mistake may be required to compensate victims for resulting losses if the victims can prove the driver was unreasonably careless or negligent in stepping on the gas instead of the brake.

The NHTSA has tips and advice for preventing crashes caused by pedal error. NHTSA advises motorists to:

  • Become familiar with any vehicle they do not normally drive before they operate it.  This includes adjusting mirrors, seats, steering wheels, and adjustable pedals.  Motorists should take the time to become familiar with how the brake pedal and accelerator feel before starting to operate the car.
  • Aim for the center of the brake pedal each time you hit the brakes. This can reduce the chance of pedal error and reinforce muscle memory.
  • Wear correct shoes when operating a vehicle.  Heavy boots, high heels, and flip flops all contribute to an added risk of a pedal error crash.

These are just a few keys tips to follow to avoid causing a crash that could lead to serious injury, death, and liability for losses.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a negligent driver. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. 

Over a five year period in the United States, 556 pedestrians and bicyclists were killed in side swipe truck accidents. Left and right hook truck collisions occur when a truck is turning and hits a pedestrian or bike rider who is going straight or who is walking across the road. These accidents can be especially deadly for the bike rider or the pedestrian because the walker or bicyclist is likely to be forced underneath the large wheels of the commercial truck. tow-truck-1192535-m

Side guards could prevent these tragedies and keep pedestrians and bicycle riders from going underneath a truck that hits them; however, there is no federal law mandating the use of side guards and there are few state laws imposing a requirement side guards be used.  Trucking companies that want to reduce the chances of deadly accidents (and thus reduce potential liability) may wish to consider voluntarily installing side guards in order to keep pedestrians and bike riders safer.

If you or someone you love was hurt or killed in a truck accident in Atlanta, you need to contact a truck accident attorney with experience and compassion.  Your attorney can advise you of options for pursuing a claim for compensation and can assist in fighting for full and fair payment for all losses.

Side Guards Could Reduce Atlanta Truck Accident Deaths

Next City reports side guards have been required in the United Kingdom and in the European since 1986 and 1989, respectively. Following the mandated use of side guards for large commercial trucks in the UK, there was a 20 percent reduction in the pedestrian death rate and a 61 percent reduction in the bicyclist death rate when walkers or bikers were involved in truck crashes.

Although the safety benefits of side guards are not in dispute, they are not commonly used in the United States. A few cities, including Washington D.C. Portland, and Boston, have moved towards requiring side guards on commercial trucks with a weight of 10,000 pounds or greater that do business with the city or are owned by the city. New York also has a pilot program in place where side guards are installed on 240 trucks and are likely to be installed on as many as 10,000 trucks owned or contracted with the city. The University of Washington is also requiring its campus fleet to be equipped with side guards.

Outside of these limited exceptions, most trucks do not have side guards and most cities and states do not require them. The National Transportation Safety Board is hoping to change that, by asking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to impose a requirement mandating side guard use on large commercial vehicles. The NHTSA, however, has declined to take action and impose a mandate.

Side guards cost an estimated $1,500 to install on a vehicle, but the savings they can provide cannot be measured. Side guards can prevent lives from being lost and can help trucking companies to avoid accountability for deaths if sideswipe accidents occur. Trucking companies may wish to install side guards voluntarily to reduce the chances one of their drivers will kill a bicycle rider or pedestrian while performing work tasks.

The Atlanta truck accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a negligent driver. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.