Georgia Freight Delivery Truck Accidents


February 26, 2013

When you are injured in a delivery truck collision in Georgia, the result can be devastating financially, physically and emotionally. Because of the massive size of delivery trucks utilized by FedEx, United Parcel Service (UPS) and other delivery services, including tractor trailers, collisions with these large trucks can cause life-altering injuries and fatalities to other vehicle occupants, bicyclists and pedestrians.

The most common causes of these Georgia delivery truck accidents include driver error, lack of training or supervision and poorly maintained delivery trucks.

The highly recognizable UPS brown delivery trucks have been based in Sandy Springs, GA since 1991. Delivery truck accidents can occur because UPS, FedEx and other freight delivery companies are under tight time constraints to deliver freight as rapidly as possible. Pressure to deliver packages under unrealistic time constraints may cause driver errors, such as speeding, unsafe backing, following too close and other mistakes. When accidents involving delivery trucks occur, legal claims can be complicated by the fact that many of these freight delivery trucks are independently owned and operated.

There are many forms of delivery truck accidents in Georgia, but some of the most common scenarios include the following:

  • Drivers back into cars, bicycles and pedestrians because they pass a delivery location and elect not to circle the block.
  • Truck drivers fail to set the parking brake so that the truck rolls into other vehicles or pedestrians.
  • Drivers do not check traffic or merge unsafely back into traffic.
  • Drivers in a hurry override software that omits left turns.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides an extensive regulatory scheme designed to promote safety practices involving these large, heavy vehicles. These federal regulations cover a broad range of safety issues including:

  • Drug and alcohol screening and testing policies
  • Requirements for record keeping regarding hours-of-service (HOS) rules
  • Mandatory truck maintenance, inspection and repair rules
  • Requirements for driver training
  • Anti-fatigue HOS rules

When our Georgia delivery truck accident attorneys handle a freight delivery truck collision involving serious injuries, we evaluate the need to utilize trucking industry and accident reconstruction experts to assist in conducting investigations into trucking collision claims. We investigate driver logbooks, violation of FMSCA regulations, truck maintenance issues, driver safety records and other potential issues that may be relevant to the issue of negligence.

If you are involved in a collision involving a freight truck accident, our Georgia freight delivery truck accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333).

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Category: Truck Accidents

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