Common Causes of Atlanta Trucking Accidents
Atlanta truck crash lawyer hones in on the source of truck crash injuries
Crashes involving big rigs are believed to cause a significantly higher number of wrongful deaths and serious injuries than automobile collisions due to the sheer size and weight of semi-trucks. Determining the cause of the accident is important when you file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries. At McMenamy Law, our Atlanta truck accident lawyer helps you establish the cause of your accident and obtain the maximum compensation you deserve.
We handle cases involving tire blowouts, faulty brakes and defective roadways
In many truck crash cases, aggressive driving, driver fatigue or driver negligence causes injuries to multiple victims and damages to numerous vehicles. Other trucking accidents are caused by truck company negligence or other issues unrelated to the truck driver, including:
- Tire blowouts — Tire blowouts are common on Atlanta’s interstates. Tire blowouts often cause truck drivers to lose control of their trucks, jackknife or roll over. Our team investigates the causes of tire blowouts and determines if negligence played a role.
- Brake failures — Approximately 30 percent of all 18-wheeler accidents involve brake failure, brakes that are out of adjustment or other brake-related issues. The driver, truck loading company, truck owner and brake manufacturer could all potentially be at fault if faulty brakes are proven to be the cause of a trucking accident. We help truck accident victims determine whether they have valid faulty brakes claims, and if so, we identify the proper parties to sue.
- Defective roadways — Atlanta is notorious for its potholes and other roadway defects. Deficient road maintenance, defective highway design and malfunctioning traffic signals all contribute to defective roads and highways, and lead to serious truck crashes. The city of Atlanta and its surrounding municipalities are responsible for maintaining the roads, and the state of Georgia is responsible for the upkeep of the highways. Our firm goes after state and local governments for damages caused as a result of their failure to properly maintain roadways.
- Overloaded or unbalanced loads — Overloaded big rigs pose a danger to all vehicles on the road. Heavy trucks are harder to stop and easier to lose control of. Heavy loads also put too much pressure on tires, causing dangerous blowouts. Trucking regulations require 18-wheelers not to exceed a weight of 80,000 pounds. We are ardent advocates for people who have been injured in accidents caused by overloaded trucks.
- Falling debris — Debris falling from trucks is dangerous and potentially deadly to other drivers on streets and highways in Georgia. Cars often have to swerve to avoid hitting falling debris, putting themselves at risk for potential collisions with other vehicles on the road or with nonmoving objects on or near the street or highway. Our attorney represents victims who have suffered injuries as a result of an accident caused by falling debris.
- Poor weather conditions — Bad weather is also a major cause of trucking accidents. Many truck drivers are not properly trained in how to operate a tractor-trailer in inclement weather, and trucking companies usually do not adjust their drivers’ work schedules when bad weather strikes. Poor weather conditions impact driver visibility and a truck’s tire traction. Our experienced trucking attorney understands that drivers are required by law to exercise extreme caution when operating semi-trucks in bad weather, and he works tirelessly to get relief for victims of truck crashes.
Contact our Atlanta trucking accident attorney for a free, no-obligation consultation
To speak with an experienced lawyer about determining the cause of injuries involving a commercial truck, tractor-trailer or 18-wheeler, contact McMenamy Law today at 404-846-2828 and 866-957-3928 or online to schedule a free initial consultation. All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. Our Buckhead office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weekend and evening appointments are available upon request.