Our Atlanta trucking accidents lawyers have handled enough trucking accidents to recognize that most trucking collisions are the result of a truck driver’s violation of safety laws and/or trucking regulations. Although commercial trucks are generally subject to the same traffic safety laws that affect other motor vehicles, there is also an elaborate matrix of federal and state regulations that govern trucking safety. Because of the massive size and weight of tractor-trailers, truck crashes typically result in serious injuries that may cause permanent mental and physical disabilities. Traffic laws and trucking regulations are designed to prevent motor vehicle collisions, so disregarding these important traffic laws and trucking safety regulations can result in a preventable Atlanta trucking accident.
Sometimes commercial drivers ignore the risk of violating traffic safety laws and trucking regulations because they are expected to meet unrealistic schedules or because they are fatigued or inattentive. Violations that frequently cause an Atlanta trucking accident including:
- Failure to remain in one’s lane
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Reckless driving
- Illegal or unsafe turns
- Violation of hours of service rules
If a truck driver violates laws or regulations designed for the safety of other vehicles, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians, it can cause catastrophic injury or wrongful death. If a commercial truck hits you because the truck driver failed to obey traffic safety laws and regulations, this violation may be a basis for finding the trucking company and truck driver negligent. If the truck driver’s negligence caused you to suffer injuries or resulted in the death of someone you love, you may be entitled to compensation for your economic damages like lost wages and medical cost, as well as compensation for non-economic damages like pain and suffering or negative impact on your quality of life, as well as other damages. The experienced Atlanta trucking accidents lawyers at Montlick and Associates offer a free consultation, so call us today at 1-800-LAW-NEED so that we can evaluate your claim and advise you of your rights and options.