Have You Been in a Tractor Trailer Related Wreck?
Tractor trailer trucks are the largest motor vehicles on the road. They’re crucial to the transportation of food, petroleum and even textiles and are usually highly efficient. Unfortunately, being involved in an accident with a tractor trailer can mean serious injuries. Each year a 500,000 truck accidents occur in the United States killing around five thousand people. Those not killed in these trucking accidents are often severely injured as tractor trailers tend to carry massive amounts of cargo at a time. Many people are surprised to learn that truck accidents actually make up about 12% of all traffic accidents in this country. While not always the case, oftentimes these accidents are caused by an impaired driver whether intoxicated, inexperienced or just plain tired. Lack of sleep is one of the largest contributing issues in tractor trailer accidents.
Are tractor trailer drivers to blame?
Truck drivers often face very long hours on the road and with strict deadlines to deliver cargo as fast as possible, they’re often driving trucks without an appropriate amount of sleep. A sleepy driver is an unsafe driver no matter what size vehicle they are in control of, much less a tractor-trailer. Truck deadlines may also drivers them to press on in poor weather and in road conditions in which they are risking their safety and the safety of others on the road.
Truck drivers will often continue driving even when road conditions should cause them to stop which can sometimes lead to an accident. Driving through storms, snow, icy roads, or dense fog are not recommended and although tractor trailer drivers should pull off until conditions improve, many do not. When truck drivers are negligent or reckless, they put others’ safety at risk. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, you could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, loss of wages, and pain and suffering. An Atlanta truck wreck attorney can fight for you when you have been the victim of a tractor trailer accident in which the driver was at fault. Accidents involving these large trucks make for painful experiences but an attorney can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. Visit Don W. Singleton Law Office or call today for more information