Semi-truck crashes have several different causes. Determining the cause of these crashes is often important because it lets the people involved know what options they have moving on from the accident.
Although fatalities have declined in recent years, commercial truck accidents still happen daily, often resulting in death or serious injury. One moment, you are driving somewhere in your car and the next, you’re dazed, hurting, and confused. When the other vehicle involved is much larger than your own, the potential for serious injuries is increased. While you can take steps to minimize your risk of an accident with a commercial truck, you can’t prevent mistakes or neglect of duty by those driving large trucks. If you suffered injury after a truck accident, you need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.
When you’ve been in a serious car accident, your injuries may take a while to heal. For a small number of people, physically healing may not be the end of their injuries. Those who suffer broken limbs or trauma to their extremities may develop Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). Even if you have received adequate medical attention, injuries to your limbs or extremities could cause ongoing symptoms well after the initial trauma heals. For those who develop CRPS/RSD, the best course of action involves retaining the services of an attorney.
Distractions are a bigger issue on the roads than ever, and they’re especially common with young people. Many new drivers have been around smartphones and social media for nearly their entire lives, and they’re very connected. It’s hard to step away when behind the wheel. However, distractions can be very dangerous and are often deadly. Below are five critical things young drivers must know.
If you have been following our blog, you are aware that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently revealed the results from their 2016 “Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts” report. The agency provided both positive and negative statistics of truck accidents that occurred in 2014. Although the report noted that there was a 6 percent drop in fatalities resulting from large truck accidents, it also acknowledged a rise in the injuries suffered in the large truck accidents. Both aspects of the report show that big truck safety has improved, but there are still changes that can be made to ensure driver safety from fatalities and injuries.
Georgia motorists may be pleased to hear that a federal road safety agency has found that there were approximately 5 percent fewer trucks involved in a deadly crash around the United States in 2014 than in the previous year. There were 3,921 trucks reported to be involved in fatal accidents in 2013, but only 3,744 were found in 2014.
In Georgia and around the country, the threat of a cargo tank rollover exists. There are some common beliefs about what causes rollovers, but many of them are untrue. Statistics have been compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association that explain the reasons that most trucking accidents occur. Knowing why these accidents occur makes it possible to avoid them and their often serious consequences.
When discussing motor vehicle accidents and the resulting injuries, we tend to focus on some of the more common types of physical injuries like those to the head, neck and back. Less discussed, however, are the emotional and mental injuries that you can’t see that may result from a traumatic brain injury or from trauma.
Imagine driving along I-285 at 65 MPH and suddenly coming upon stopped traffic. In this type of scenario, even a driver with quick reflexes is likely to experience difficulty slowing down and stopping in time to avoid a collision. Now imagine that the driver in this scenario is behind the wheel of a 40 ton tractor-trailer truck.
Atlanta area residents have likely seen news footage of or read about commercial truck accidents in which someone was seriously injured or killed. In the vast majority of these accidents, drivers or passengers of personal vehicles are the unfortunate victims whose lives are claimed or irrevocably and adversely changed.