Tractor-Trailer Accidents Evidence of Increased Commercial Trucking Accidents during Holidays
Three recent tractor-trailer accidents remind us that the holiday season marks the beginning of a period that typically sees an increase in commercial trucking accidents. The period between Thanksgiving and Christmas typically sees a significant spike in the number of tractor-trailer accidents resulting in an average of 572 trucking accident related fatalities during that period. Commercial trucks always pose a greater risk to motorists than other vehicles because of their massive size and weight, which means longer braking distances, reduced visibility and slower response time.
At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing those injured in commercial trucking accidents throughout the Atlanta area and ALL of Georgia for over 25 years.
While most truck drivers are well-trained and professional, there are a number of common factors that contribute to the spike in big-rig accidents during the holiday season including the following:
Poor Weather: A little over a week before Thanksgiving there were at least 3 tractor-trailer accidents during a single rainy day. Commercial truck drivers are required to exercise extreme caution during inclement weather when snow, ice, sleet, fog, mist, rain, dust, or smoke might adversely affect visibility or traction. These adverse weather conditions mean it takes longer to stop and that it is more difficult to turn without skidding. During the holiday season wet and snowy conditions are common and have a significant impact on the ability to control tractor-trailers, which are less responsive than passenger vehicles even in the best of weather conditions.
Alcohol/Drug Impaired Truck Drivers: The holidays often involve celebrations that may include drugs or alcohol. Drivers that operate commercial trucks under the influence of drugs or alcohol will typically have slower reaction time, poor judgement and distorted perception.
Unrealistic Schedules: Many truck drivers feel pressure to make up for time lost to holidays. Lost time means lost income so drivers may be tempted to speed or ignore hours of operation rules that are designed to prevent trucking accidents related to fatigue or drowsiness. Drivers may also push the limits because they wish to get home to their families for the holidays.
Commercial trucking accidents can be devastating and often result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Trucking accidents result in the death of thousands of people each year and serious injury to many more. A trucking accident case is complex and requires a thorough knowledge of trucking industry regulations and standard industry practices. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Georgia commercial trucking accident lawyers work hard to make sure you are fully compensated for your injuries. We have been representing those injured or killed in a Georgia commercial trucking accident for over 25 years. We are available to assist clients throughout All of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.