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Commercial Trucking Accidents

Commercial Trucking Accidents

Georgia Code § §32-6-26 places an actual total gross weight limit of 80,000 pounds on motor vehicles for the use of public roads in Georgia. Certain exemptions may apply to some commercial vehicles, but the average weight of roughly 4,000 pounds for most passenger vehicles illustrates the dramatic difference in size between these two types of vehicles that often share roads all over Atlanta.

When a commercial vehicle is involved in a collision, the possibility of serious injuries is substantially increased because of the overwhelming weight and force behind tractor-trailers and other trucks. Accidents involving commercial trucks can be extremely complex cases, and multiple parties may be legally liable for the lost wages, medical bills, and other financial losses injured victims suffer.

Attorney for Commercial Trucking Accidents in Atlanta, GA

Did you sustain injuries or was your loved one killed in a commercial trucking accident in Georgia? It is important to ensure that you do not say anything or sign any settlement paperwork until you have legal representation. Contact Marcus A. Roberts & Associates now.

Marcus A. Roberts is an experienced personal injury lawyer in Atlanta who represents people injured in all kinds of auto accidents in Clayton County, Fulton County, DeKalb County, Gwinnett County, and Cobb County. Call 404-577-4444 today to have our attorney provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free, no obligation consultation.

Overview of Commercial Trucking Accidents in Fulton County

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Causes of Commercial Trucking Accidents in Georgia

Commercial vehicles are complicated pieces of machinery that require the individuals operating them to be specially licensed. The size of commercial trucks places numerous restrictions on a driver’s control over the vehicle’s speed, visibility, and braking.

The complexity of most commercial truck crashes requires in-depth investigations, and some of the most common causes of these types of accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Improper driver training
  • Reckless driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Overloaded or oversized truck
  • Weather or road conditions
  • Defective parts
  • Brake failure
  • Driver fatigue
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Failure to maintain vehicle
  • Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicating substances
  • Failure to obey a traffic control device
  • Tailgating
  • Illegal parking

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Commercial Trucking Accident Liability in Atlanta

One of the major reasons that crashes involving commercial vehicles are much more complicated than traditional passenger vehicle accidents is that many different parties with interest in the truck involved may bear some financial responsibility for the accident.

Whereas most common car accidents merely involve two parties exchanging information and resolving claims through their respective insurance companies, several different entities could be liable for damages in a commercial truck accident case.

A few of the possible parties that could be liable for commercial truck crash damages include, but are not limited to:

  • Truck driver;
  • Truck driver’s employer;
  • The owner of the tractor unit (also called the cab or rig);
  • The owner of the semi-trailer;
  • The owner of the freight;
  • Manufacturer of any part of the commercial truck;
  • Third-party maintenance company;
  • Shipping/loading agent;
  • Municipal agencies;
  • Driver and/or owner of another vehicle.

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Georgia Resources for Commercial Trucking Accidents

Georgia Motor Trucking Association (GMTA) — The GMTA identifies itself as one “of the most successful and broad-based trade groups in the trucking industry.” Visit this website to learn more about the organization, read recent news, and view a calendar of upcoming events. The About section also lists several of the recent accomplishments of the GMTA.

Georgia Motor Trucking Association
2060 Franklin Way, Suite 200
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 444-9771

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) — The FMCSA is the United States Department of Transportation agency responsible for regulating the trucking industry. On this website, you can find statistics, research, and information about regulations, including civil penalties, hours of service, and drug and alcohol testing. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions about carrier and vehicle safety, laws and regulations, and state issues.

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Marcus A. Roberts & Associates | Atlanta Commercial Trucking Accidents Lawyer

If you suffered serious injuries or your loved one was killed as the result of a commercial vehicle crash in Georgia, it is in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel. Marcus A. Roberts & Associates helps residents and visitors in communities throughout DeKalb County, Fulton County, Cobb County, Gwinnett County, and Clayton County.

Atlanta personal injury attorney Marcus A. Roberts can fight to help you obtain all of the compensation you need and deserve for your immediate and long-term needs. He can review your case and discuss all of your legal options when you call 404-577-4444 or fill out an online contact form to take advantage of a free initial consultation.