Georgia highways experience a high number of truck accidents each year. In 2006 alone, trucking accidents in the state resulted in 27 fatalities. Although numerous measures have been taken to minimize the number of truck-related road collisions that happen on an annual basis, this type of accident is still responsible for 12 to 13 percent of highway accidents.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Driver error is the most common reason behind trucking accidents. Fatigue, DUI, reckless driving, and inexperience are all categorized as driver errors. By law, truck drivers are required to practice extra care when on the road because of the weight and size of the vehicles they are driving. Unfortunately, a driver who is sick and is taking medications may have already been on the road for too many hours or be under the influence of alcohol and may therefore fail to practice his duty of care.
If it is found that the accident was caused by driver error, the driver as well as the trucking company can be held civilly liable. Truck drivers who are found guilty of DUI will face criminal charges.
Mechanical defect or equipment failure
Trucks are subjected to heavy use, which is why it is important that they undergo proper maintenance regularly. Sadly, there are some trucking companies that fail to maintain their trucks as often as they should because of the costs and the income that could be lost when one of their units is out of commission. If it is found that the trucking company was negligent of their responsibility to maintain their units, then they can be held liable in the lawsuit.
Mechanical defects or design flaws are also common causes of trucking accidents. If it can be proven that the accident was caused by these factors, the truck manufacturer can be held liable.
Poor road or weather conditions
In instances where the accident was caused by poor road conditions, such as with uneven or badly constructed roads, the government agency responsible for maintaining public roads and highways can be held liable.
An overloaded truck or one that is carrying an unevenly distributed load has a high probability of turning over or jackknifing. The company responsible for loading the truck’s cargo can be held liable in the lawsuit.
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