18-Wheeler Accidents

I have handled a large number of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits involving 18 wheelers throughout the years. Many of the cases involved excessive speeding, driver fatigue, and inattention to road conditions.  Others cases were based on companies’ improper hiring and inadequate training of drivers.  Tractor trailer drivers operate extremely large vehicles that have the capability to cause a great deal of harm to others on the highways.  Drivers, as well as the companies that employ them, have to follow regulations that other drivers don’t have to follow.  As a result, commercial drivers receive training that the rest us don’t have. Consequently, commercial drivers have a greater obligation to drive safely than other drivers on the roads.  That is not to say that individuals who drive their personal cars don’t have to observe and obey traffic laws. Because, they do.  However, commercial drivers have additional rules and regulations to follow.

Establishing fault in an accident when a truck driver runs a red light or rear-ends a vehicle that is legally stopped isn’t all that difficult in most cases.  But difficult issues can be involved even in those cases.  It may be necessary to find out exactly why the driver wasn’t operating the vehicle responsibly and safely.  The trucking company’s conduct when it comes to the hiring and training of drivers can also be involved.  Without any question, a tractor trailer that is operated dangerously on the road creates a serious safety hazard.  It takes skill and expertise to adequately investigate accidents involving large tractor-trailer rigs.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, oversees the trucking industry.  The primary mission of the FMCSA is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses on our nation’s highways.  FMCSA has produced a publication titled “A Motor Carrier’s Guide to Improving Highway Safety.”  This guide discusses various countermeasures as examples of defensive driving strategies that can prevent highway accidents.  Commercial drivers, who are properly trained, can prevent accidents by following their training in many situations.  Those who aren’t properly trained, or who don’t follow their training, create hazards on our highways.  Many trucking accidents can be avoided, saving many lives simply by having a trained commercial driver behind the wheel of 18-wheeler on the road.

If you need more information on any aspect of trucking litigation, contact Attorney Boyd B. Newton:

5447 Roswell Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30342
T: 404.593.2630
E: boyd@boydnewtonlaw.com

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