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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.

Truckers throughout the state of Georgia are on the roads every day delivering products and services. Unfortunately, the job of these truck drivers has become increasingly difficult as trucker shortages have caused trucking companies to become ever more demanding of their employees. Truckers have been forced to drive for longer hours and sometimes to take unnecessary and dangerous risks. This could result in an increase in motor vehicle accidents which affects not only the truck driver, but also every other motorist on the road. Atlanta truck accident lawyer

When a trucker is involved in an accident, the truck driver or his surviving family members could make a workers’ compensation injury or death benefit claim to get medical coverage and disability income or death benefits, regardless of who was at fault for the crash. A trucker could potentially also make a personal injury claim against other drivers to blame for the accident.

Unfortunately, it is often others on the road who get hurt when a truck accident happens, even if the trucker is the one at fault. These victims may be able to pursue a claim not only against the trucker, but also against the trucking company that employs the driver and that caused the driver to take the risks in the first place. An Atlanta truck accident lawyer can provide assistance to both the trucker and other injured motorists with maximizing the benefits available by exploring all possible options for making injury claims.

A deadly truck collision has demonstrated again how important it is for trucks to be designed, maintained, and operated safely. The truck crash, which was reported on by NBC, took the life of a pregnant woman, two children, and another adult involved in the accident. Like in most truck collisions, those who were killed were not in the truck at the time when the fatal accident happened. The victims who lost their lives to the truck crash were in other vehicles. The crash that killed them was an underride accident, which is one of the deadliest types of truck collisions that occur on U.S. roads.

Whenever crash victims are hurt or killed in any type of collision involving a commercial vehicle, it is important for those injured or for surviving family members to speak with an Atlanta truck accident lawyer. There may be multiple parties who victims could potentially file a civil claim against in order for the victims or their families to be able to obtain full compensation for serious losses or fatal injuries the truck crash causes.

Atlanta Trucks Need Good Underride Guards to Prevent Dangerous Crashes

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.

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.

Our Atlanta car and truck accident lawyers know that multiple vehicle wrecks can cause tremendous damage and harm to all concerned.  This week, according to news reports, three people were killed in a seven-car chair reaction crash on I-95.

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The accident happened in Glynn County on an overpass over US 17 near Brunswick.  At about 3pm on Tuesday, a tractor trailer was speeding on the overpass and rear ended a Lexus and then a Ford Escape.  Then a Volkswagen was hit in the rear, as was a truck with a travel trailer.  The impact caused the truck to hit the back of a second tractor trailer. The travel trailer behind the truck was rear-ended by a car which was in turn struck from behind by another car.  A tractor-trailer then rolled over the second car, dragging it forward and to the left beneath the tractor, where it remained.

By the time the original tractor trailer stopped, the Lexus was trapped beneath it with a man and woman inside, 80 year old Rocco Joseph Urso and 76 year old Heidy E. Urso. Senior Trooper Andy Sinquefield of the Georgia State Patrol called the Lexus “pancaked” beneath the cab of the tractor trailer.  By the time emergency workers got them out of the trapped Lexus, which took several hours, they had both died.  The driver of the Ford Escape, 71 year old Reinhold T. Steinhilber, was being transported to the hospital but died en route.  Four other people were injured in the crash, as well.

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.