When you are driving on Georgia’s highways, you must be constantly aware of the presence of 18-wheeler commercial trucks. While the trucking system serves an essential role in our country’s economy and provides jobs for thousands of individuals, they also present a serious danger to smaller vehicles sharing the road with them.
The mere size of big-rig trucks and the force it generates when traveling at high speeds often causes fatalities when there is an accident. There are a variety of factors that contribute to semi-truck accidents, including:
· Overweight trucks or improperly loaded trucks
· Mechanical failure
· Driver error (road rage, distracted driving, etc.)
· Weather conditions
· Driver fatigue
The last factor, driver fatigue, can be difficult to prove. It is often tough for the accident investigators to know whether or not the truck driver was drowsy or fatigued while driving. Thus, if you are involved in an accident with a large commercial truck, it is important to work with an experienced truck accident attorney.
We can investigate whether the truck driver was operating the big-rig at odd hours, if the driver was under time constraints to meet a deadline or if the driver failed to adhere to laws restricting the amount of time he or she is permitted to driver over the course of a specific time period. We know how to obtain the records from the applicable trucking company in order to prove negligence. Even if the truck driver was not asleep when the collision occurred, exhaustion can slow reaction times, which can contribute to the severity of an accident.
Accidents involving large trucks can involve many factors and it is important to work with an attorney who knows how to investigate them in order to prove negligence by the trucker and your damages. Murphy & Garner can help you obtain full and fair financial compensation for your medical bills, damages, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call our office in Bremen, Georgia, at 678-563-1584 or e-mail us now for a free consultation.