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Atlanta Truck Accident Attorneys

Serving Georgia For Over 39 Years

Our Atlanta Truck Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates have seen the firsthand consequences of collisions between 3,000-pound passenger cars and 80,000 pound fully loaded tractor-trailers. Whether the truck crash is caused by driver fatigue, drugged driving, improper maintenance, an overloaded truck or other unsafe trucking practices, other vehicle occupants face significant risks when commercial carriers and truck drivers fail to comply with trucking regulations, established trucking industry safety practices and traffic laws. Semi-truck crashes are more than "car accidents involving a large vehicle;" rather they are complex motor vehicle claims that require specialized knowledge regarding trucking practices, regulations and related issues. This blog provides information on a wide range of issues involved in big-rig collisions in Georgia as a resource to other law firms, and to help provide general information to trucking accident victims about their rights and remedies.

We know that many people have specific questions about their unique situation so we invite you to contact us for a free consultation. Our personal injury law firm welcomes those who have been injured by a negligent truck driver and/or trucking company to call use 24/7 at (1-800-529-6333). You also can contact us via the web using our 24-hour Live Online Chat or Free Case Evaluation Form.

Semi-Tractor-Trailer Truck Rear-End Collision Lawsuit Attorneys

May 09, 2022

Rear-end collisions caused by semi-tractor-trailer trucks can be caused by poor maintenance. For example, an 18-wheeler's braking system could be damaged or worn down, making it hard for the trucker to stop their semi before hitting a vehicle in front of them. In some truck accident cases involving mechanical issues, a claim might be filed against the mechanic who did not repair or maintain the truck's braking system. If the truck driver is employed by a trucking or transportation company, that company might also be held liable for damages.

Liability for 18-Wheeler Truck Accidents Caused by Poor Maintenance

December 23, 2021

While all types of vehicles can cause a serious accident, collisions involving 18-wheeler tractor-trailer trucks pose a considerably higher risk of death or catastrophic injury.  When a tractor-trailer truck weighing around 80,000 pounds crashes into a motor vehicle weighing only 3,000 pounds, the passengers inside the smaller motor vehicle face a greater risk of sustaining severe, debilitating injuries.  Because of the elevated risk of death or severe injury, federal regulations created by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandate inspections and specific maintenance schedules for all commercial trucks.  These laws not only mandate continuous inspections and maintenance, but the regulations also require meticulous record keeping to prove compliance.  Truck drivers also must fill out Driver Daily Vehicle Inspection Reports on a truck's tires, service brakes, windshield wipers, rims, emergency equipment, horn, wheels, parking brake, steering wheel, rear vision mirrors, and more under FMCSA Chapter 396.11.

FMCSA Proposes Examination of Rear Impact Guards During a Commercial Vehicle's Annual Inspection

April 15, 2021

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed examining the commercial truck's rear impact guard during a commercial vehicle's annual inspection.  Although rear impact guards have been required on most commercial vehicles for about 70 years, rear impact guards are not required to be inspected during an annual vehicle inspection.  This means a missing or damaged rear impact guard would not prevent the commercial truck from passing its annual safety inspection.

Bosch Study Discovers Lane-Keeping Technology Reduces Costs of Truck Accidents

March 27, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC - A news report states that a new Bosch accident research study discovered that Lateral Actuator Systems in Class 7 and 8 trucks could reduce truck accident costs. The Bosch analysis finds by equipping commercial trucks with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems to keep commercial trucks in their traffic lane, the overall costs of truck accidents go down. The technology can save lives and could also improve profits for trucking companies.

Study Suggests that Sleep Apnea Affecting Truck Drivers May Increase the Risk of Accidents

February 05, 2021

A study conducted by Virginia Tech reported that truck drivers who do not treat their sleep apnea places them and other drivers on the road at risk for being injured in a serious accident.  Daytime fatigue as well as drowsiness are both often associated with obstructive sleep apnea, which can affect a trucker and his or her ability to safely operate a commercial truck such as an 18-wheeler.

Truck Accident Traumatic Brain Injuries Claims Lawyers

August 10, 2020

Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are devastating injuries that are often a result of a serious motor vehicle accident.  Traumatic brain injuries can be permanent, although victims could recover some of their lost capacity through rehabilitation and other medical procedures depending on the specific injury. When the victim's nuero-pathways are damaged or destroyed, the victim may suffer paralysis, loss of brain function, loss of speaking ability, and they are often unable to function independently and must rely on others to satisfy some of life’s most basic functions.

Logging Truck Accident Attorneys

August 08, 2020

The logging industry is vital to the growth of America. Logging trucks are often encountered on many of the Interstate highways that crisscross the country. Sadly, many fatal and catastrophic logging truck accidents happen every year.  The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides specific regulations regarding logging trucks.

Primary Causes of Deadly Truck Accidents

August 06, 2020

Analysts who studied commercial truck accidents performed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) discovered main causes for truck wrecks after the number of fatal truck crashes increased from 2017 to 2018. The FMCSA considered these causes of fatal or catastrophic truck crashes as “hidden.” Additionally, statistics show that 82% of deaths caused by truck crashes were someone other than the truck driver. People who die in truck crashes are the other drivers on the road, motorcycle riders, pedestrians, and bicycle riders. 

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All information provided by our blogs is general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Consult a Montlick attorney for details about your unique situation.