The Main Causes of Tractor Trailer Accidents in Georgia


April 04, 2013

Have you ever gotten nervous while driving along side of a huge 18-wheel tractor trailer? Not surprisingly, the answer is probably yes. Each year, a mounting number of trucking accidents are caused by the inability of a truck driver to see other cars on the road due to its numerous blind spots.

Many other trucking accidents stem from faulty tires, loose cargo, improperly functioning brake systems, and overloaded/poorly loaded trucks. Whatever the cause may be, accidents involving trucks can have devastating consequences, leading to serious injury and death for all parties involved, including the truck driver.

What ways do the above situations specifically lead to the increased incidence of trucking accidents? A truck’s numerous blind spots are also referred to as “no zone” areas. Normally, accidents often occur when a car is stuck while located within these blind spots. Hence, there is truth behind signs on trucks that state “if you can’t see me in my rear view, I can’t see you”.

Accidents involving trucks also occur due to what’s referred to as “squeeze play,” which is where a car strikes a truck as it is making a swinging turn - either to the left or to the right. For example, if a large tractor trailer is making a right turn, it must swing a bit to the left in order to maneuver and clear the turn. This can lead to serious accidents due to the fact that unsuspecting drivers can get “squeezed” between the truck and the side of a road. Other accidents can also result when a truck turns into another lane, striking cars within its blind spots and leading to a squeeze play-related collision.

System malfunctions can also cause trucking accidents. For instance, braking failures, especially in trucks going at high speeds, can result in serious and sometimes fatal injuries for all parties involved. The most common forms of brake failures are irregular/improper brake maintenance, brake installation errors, age and overuse. Additionally, truck drivers who did not receive proper training can also cause severe accidents. Specifically, most experienced truck drivers know, given the size and weight of their vehicle, that you must apply the brakes way ahead of time in order to stop at a specific location. Poorly trained drivers may not realize these and other nuances associated with truck driving. As seasoned Georgia trucking accident attorneys, we see many trucking accidents that are caused by the inability to stop in time, which is one of the leading causes of trucking crashes in the United States.

If you have been injured in a Georgia trucking accident, it is essential that you speak with an experienced Atlanta trucking accident attorney who has the knowledge and skills necessary to handle your case. Our Georgia and Atlanta trucking accident attorneys can fully advise you of your legal options and keep you informed during each step of your case. With 30 years of legal experience, Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have successfully helped thousands of trucking accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries.

The Atlanta truck accident lawyers of Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, tenaciously represent trucking accident victims located throughout the state of Georgia and all over the Southeast. Our firm covers all smaller cities in Georgia and the rural parts of the state as well. Regardless of where you are located, our lawyers are just a phone call away, and we will even visit you if you cannot come to us. To schedule a free confidential case evaluation, you can call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Truck Accidents

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