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Bad weather can be a major problem for truck drivers and trucking companies. Long-haul truckers have to drive through all different kinds of weather conditions as they cross the country. Rain, fog, sleet, hail, and snow are among the different weather problems that could necessitate a driver take a break from driving until the bad weather passes. These weather problems could also significantly increase the risk of auto accidents if a trucker tries to drive through the bad weather. Now, Fleet Owner is suggesting that better use of big weather data could help truckers to respond more effectively to adverse weather events. Atlanta truck accident bad weather

If a truck driver causes a crash, regardless of the weather, the driver and sometimes his employer could potentially be held accountable to accident victims. Truck drivers and trucking companies are responsible for covering crash losses if the driver causes a crash by behaving in a negligent way. This can include driving in a manner that is unsafe for current road conditions, or driving when no reasonable driver would have due to the adverse weather.

An Atlanta truck accident lawyer can provide assistance in determining if a truck driver can be held responsible for a collision as a result of negligence. Contact an attorney following a crash so your lawyer can begin an investigation and gather proof to help you make a successful truck crash claim.

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Many trucking companies recognize the serious consequences which can occur as a result of Atlanta truck accidents. Truck accidents are more likely to cause injury to someone outside of the truck than to someone in it, and the injuries sustained by motorists in truck crashes can be deadly.  Trucking companies can be held accountable for truck crashes and can face serious consequences from regulators for safety violations. atlanta truck accident

To try to avoid all of these undesirable consequences, some trucking companies employ professionals to manage fleet safety and they even institute training programs which are designed to help make truckers safer at doing their jobs.

While all of these are good steps to take, unfortunately there are often problems which prevent the programs from being effective. Even if a trucking company is careful and does everything right, the trucking company can still be held accountable for negligent actions of its employees on-the-job. As a result, victims need to consult with an Atlanta attorney who handles truck accident cases in order to determine if they can make a claim against the trucking company when a crash occurs.

Within the United States, there are 48 different states that allow drivers as young as 18-years-old to operate commercial motor vehicles like big rigs and tractor trailers. While states take on the risk of allowing young drivers with CDLs to drive big trucks, the federal government does not currently permit people this young to cross state lines. The minimum age for drivers to be allowed to operate tractor trailers across state borders is 21. This minimum age limit means the federal government is able to prevent young teenagers from becoming long-haul truckers crisscrossing the roads of America. truck 2

Soon, however, truck accident risks could increase significantly nationwide as the federal government is considering lowering the age limit in response to truck driver shortages. If teens are given the ability to drive big trucks across the borders of states, it is likely there will be many more big rigs driven on interstate highways in Georgia and throughout the rest of the country. This, in turn, could result in more truck crashes.

Teen drivers are held to the same standard as older motorists when it comes to vehicle operation. If you are injured in an Atlanta truck accident by a teen driver or by any negligent trucker, call a Georgia truck accident lawyer for help understanding how you can recover monetary compensation for losses.

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.

Large commercial vehicles are dangerous on our roads if not driven safely.  And not only from the accidents themselves, but also from what they can spill if they get into an accident.  Our Atlanta truck accident lawyers saw news articles last week about one truck that turned over and let loose millions of bees near Atlanta.

In what seemed like a strange news story, a truck carrying bee hives had a tire blow out, hit a guardrail and spilled both hives and honey on I-75 in Monroe County.  It happened near the Ga. 18 bridge in Forsyth.  The county Emergency Management Agency director Matthew Perry told reporters, “It looked like there was a rain cloud around everybody.  There was a giant mound of honeycomb and bees.”  He also said it was the most bees he’d ever seen and estimated there must have been millions.  Perry noted, “That was a sticky mess.”

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While this sounds like just an interesting piece of news, swarming bees can actually be very dangerous.  In 2011, a truck carrying beehives overturned in Utah, releasing 25 million bees.  The driver of the truck and a passenger had to be hospitalized for bee stings.  Drivers nearby the crash were told to keep their windows closed to keep the swarming bees out for fear of further stings and injuries.  This type of accident is common enough, and seen as enough of a danger, that the state of New Jersey actually has an action plan, updated this year, entitled “Procedures for controlling Bee Spills in New Jersey”.  It is published by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.

Our Atlanta truck accident lawyers are well aware of the dangers of large commercial vehicles, and ones like logging trucks with their load open on the back can be especially dangerous.  Last month on Georgia State Route 303 there was a fatal accident involving this kind of vehicle.

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The truck was carrying long logs at about 10:30 a.m., when a van going in the opposite direction crossed the center line of the road.  The truck driver tried to swerve out of the way, but the van hit the rear part of the trailer anyway.  The logging truck ended up running off the road and spilling most of its load of logs on the side of the road.  The van driver died in the accident, and one eyewitness said, “It was an ugly wreck.”  The crash scene, according to reports, spanned the space of what would be four city blocks, and the road had to be closed for three hours so the remaining logs could be hauled away and the road cleared.  It was extremely fortunate that no other cars were around at the time of the accident, or there could have been many more injuries.

While in this instance it appears that the driver of the logging truck was not at fault, these large vehicles are simply more dangerous than passenger vehicles and can cause significantly more harm.  Tractor trailer and large truck accidents are a serious problem, and the Department of Transportation estimates that between 3,000 and 4,000 people per year die in accidents in the US while using these vehicles.  A full 13 percent of those deaths are due to the truck driver being too tired while driving.  Just this week, according to the news, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has new rules going into effect dealing with truckers’ schedules.  The new rules include at least one thirty minute break in the first eight hours of driving.  It also includes a rule saying that truckers must have at least one 34 hour period off of duty per week.  The maximum amount allowed to be driven per week is now 70 hours, which is 15 percent lower than before.  There are also new measures in place to better control truckers’ hours through an electronic log attached to the truck’s engine, a system that allows for less tampering.  It is illegal for a trucking company to push a driver to go past legal limits, but the new technology will allow for more accurate accounting to keep everyone on the road safe.

Another tragic tractor trailer accident has claimed the lives of innocent Georgians.  Last week, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported that three people in an ambulance, two paramedics and a patient, were killed in an accident with a tractor trailer on GA 32 in Irwin County.

At about 5am last Thursday morning about 190 miles south of Atlanta, a tractor trailer, driven by Rockwell Lott, and passenger car were going westbound on the road while the ambulance, driven by 44 year old Teresa Ann Davis, from Coffee County was going eastbound.  When the ambulance turned on its lights and siren, the passenger car started to pull to the side of the road to yield to the ambulance, and the tractor trailer slammed on his breaks and jackknifed across the center of the road and into the way of the ambulance.  The ambulance then hit the left side of the jackknifing tractor trailer.  A Georgia State Trooper, Marcus Taylor, said of the accident, “There was a lot of debris everywhere. Unfortunately the vehicles were destroyed. A lot of EMTs and deputies on scene doing their job.” 

Ms. Davis was killed, along with the other paramedic in the ambulance, 56 year old Randall Whiddon, who was in the back taking care of their 65 year old patient Charles Arvin Smith.  They were transporting Mr. Smith from Coffee County Regional Medical Center to Tifton Regional Medical Center because of lack of bed space.  A former co-worker said of Mr. Whiddon, “For Randall to be killed in an ambulance, taking care of a patient, I think Randall went out the way he wanted to go out, taking care of folks.  That’s what he’s done for 33, 34 years and he wouldn’t have it any other way I don’t think.”  The driver of the tractor trailer, as is usual in these accidents, suffered only minor injuries.