Atlanta, GA- A Georgia truck driver is now the focus of national attention after causing an accident that injured comedian Tracy Morgan. While the investigation into this particular truck accident is just in the initial stages, fatigue is believed to be the cause of this accident based in police statement. Fatigue is just one the many errors on a driver’s part that can lead to a deadly or injurious Atlanta truck accident.
Driver error is the most common cause of all passenger vehicle or truck accidents and can have devastating consequences for all those involved, drivers and passenger alike. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, fatigue accounts for 18 percent of all truck accidents. Another 23 percent of truck accidents are caused by truck drivers who driving too fast for road conditions. Distraction is also becoming a growing problem for all motorists, but can be especially dangerous when the driver is in charge of a vehicle that can weigh up to 80,000 lbs.
In recent studies, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that truck driver error is more likely to be the main causes of a truck accident, more so than inclement weather, hazardous road conditions or mechanical failures.
There are legal consequences for driving while fatigued or distracted or traveling at an unsafe speed. However, police and regulators don’t have the resources or the time to make sure every truck driver is complying with the traffic laws and trucking safety regulations so violations are often missed until someone is injured or killed in an accident.
While some victims sustain only minor injuries, others suffer harm that can leave them permanently disabled, maimed and unable to care for themselves or earn a living. Neck and spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and burns are some of the more typical injuries sustained after a collision with a large commercial truck accident. Victims who suffer from these injuries will be dependent on others for years or the rest of their lives. This can cause an emotional strain that only compounds their suffering.
The cost of caring for a catastrophic injury or injuries is exorbitant and no accident victim or family member should be expected to cover those costs when someone else is responsible an accident. When an injury victim or a person who lost a loved one retains an Atlanta truck accident attorney they can be confident that they will receive a personal injury or wrongful death settlement that covers their expenses and recognizes the physical and emotional pain they have endured. Holding a negligent truck driver accountable won’t erase a victim’s anguish but it will give them the peace of mind and alleviate some of their worries.
Trucking companies too can be responsible for an accident victims injuries or the loss of a loved one. An Atlanta truck accident attorney will make certain a trucking company takes responsibility if they failed to maintain or repair their trucks as necessary.