Truck accidents have some of the most severe consequences in all of Georgia, including Austell. Since semi trucks are so huge, injuries from truck accidents can be particularly extreme, causing painful injuries that require months or even years of recovery—and sometimes even permanent disability or death. But no matter the degree of your injuries and other damages from a truck accident, you are entitled to recover money for what you suffered. It’s time to contact an Austell truck accident lawyer right away.
At John Foy & Associates, we’ve been representing truck accident victims for more than two decades. From our humble beginnings as a small law firm, we’ve grown to be one of the most respected and largest law firms helping personal injury victims all throughout the State of Georgia. Our goal is to get you the FULL amount of money you need to recover from your accident as soon as possible. For a FREE consultation with us to discuss your case, contact us today by calling 404-400-4000, or filling out the form to the right.
What Are the Most Common Types of Truck Accidents?
There are a number of ways a truck accident can occur that doesn’t happen with other vehicles on the road. Because trucks are so big, there’s more of them to collide with other objects on Austell roads. Plus, they tend to have big blind spots that can make it easy for small vehicles like cars to ride in a hazardous location.
Here are some of the most common types of accidents that involve trucks:
If the truck driver loses control of his or her truck, the vehicle can slide, tip, and start to roll over onto its side. If other motorists are on the road, it can easily be hazardous, even deadly, for them as the truck falls.
A jackknife can occur if the truck driver brakes hard and fast, causing the truck’s trailer to skid outward and form a 90-degree angle with the truck’s cab. This can collide with or trap other vehicles nearby on the road.
The squeeze play is another term for “swinging turn” accidents. When a large truck is going to make a right turn, the driver has to swing left first to get enough room. Other motorists may see this and assume the truck driver is turning left or moving to the left lane, instead of going right. If they try to pass the truck driver on the right, the other motorist can collide with or get “squeezed” in between the truck and the side of the road. Many car accidents with trucks have resulted from squeeze play, and it’s an extremely dangerous type of collision.
If the truck driver or truck maintenance company fails to properly check and maintain the truck’s tires, a blowout can happen after many hours on the road. This can lead the truck to swerve suddenly and hit others on the road.
All vehicles have a blind spot (an area around the vehicle that can’t be seen directly by the driver), but truck blind spots are especially significant. A truck driver must be careful to account for this blind spot when changing lanes or turning. Otherwise, it puts other vehicles driving near the truck in severe danger of collision or being forced off the road.
Rear-end collisions and under-ride collisions
When greater the weight of a vehicle, the more room is needed to stop—and trucks weigh tens of thousands of pounds. This increases the chances of rear-end collisions for trucks. Either truck drivers themselves or another motorist can fail to recognize how much room the truck needs before it can stop, which can lead to a rear-end collision with those in front.
Rear-end collision with trucks can lead to one of the most deadly types of truck accidents: under-ride accidents. This is when a semi truck is hit by a vehicle so small it’s near the same height as the truck’s rear trailer, causing the smaller car to go underneath it completely.
Lastly, brake-related accidents can also happen with trucks. This can be due to either:
- Improper maintenance or installation of the brakes, or aging brakes that weren’t repaired soon enough, leading to brake failure on the road
- Bad braking technique from the truck driver, which can lead to brake failure and the inability to stop correctly (or at all)
Any vehicle can be involved in an accident, but the sheer mass and size of trucks increase the chances of accidents—and those accidents are usually severe or even deadly for anyone involved. This is why it’s so important to work with a truck accident lawyer if you or a loved one was injured or killed in a truck accident. A number of factors can be involved, and a legal professional can get to the root of the issue to hold those responsible liable for your damages.
How Often Does Driver Fatigue Play a Role in a Truck Accident?
Unfortunately, driver fatigue plays a part in truck accidents more than you’d think. Truck drivers are often given long work hours and strict deadlines for moving their cargo.
Although they should be allowed time to rest and given proper breaks, the pressure to complete trips on time leads drivers to stick their breaks and push through instead. As a result, truck drivers are out on the road while fatigued and low on sleep and food. Even an experienced truck driver who is used to driving tired isn’t immune to making mistakes or even falling asleep behind the wheel.
Talk to an Austell Truck Accident Lawyer for Free
Don’t suffer alone if you’re dealing with the aftermath of a painful truck accident. Our attorneys at John Foy & Associates are dedicated to helping personal injury victims like yourself get the money they need to cover mounting medical bills and other expenses related to the accident. We’ve been doing this for over 20 years, and we know how to handle these sorts of cases. For a FREE consultation with one of our truck accident lawyer today, call us at 404-400-4000, or complete the form to the right.