Accidents involving tractor-trailers, commercial trucks, and most types of “big trucks” are very different from ordinary car wrecks. The injuries sustained as a result of these accidents are often significantly worse, sometimes resulting in death. Families and loved ones are then left to deal with a life-changing tragedy.
The number of accidents involving “big rigs” and commercial vehicles have significantly increased over the past decade. Many factors are involved in the recent spike in these numbers. Commercial drivers are frequently guilty of speeding, failing to maintain their lane, following too close, running traffic signs, driving while fatigued or impaired in some manner, and exceeding the maximum hours of service allowed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
In addition to driver infractions, trucking companies are often negligent in their responsibilities. Trucking companies sometimes fail to perform federally regulated safety and maintenance requirements. Some of these requirements include regular inspections of the trucks and cargo, repairing damaged trucks, maintaining the tractors, proper weight loading of the tractor-trailer, and load security. Companies also sometimes pressure drivers to fabricate or destroy driver’s logs, and encourage drivers to exceed legal limits on driving hours.
Don’t be a victim of an irresponsible failures of the commercial trucking industry. If you or your loved ones have suffered injuries as a result of a tractor-trailer accident, please contact us at (404)-969-1284. We can help you understand your options and rights for just and fair compensation.