Cobb County, GA- Any driver, who drives well over the speed limit, is putting themselves and others in danger. According to the Governor’s Office of Highway safety, of the 42 traffic fatalities in Cobb County in 2011, 10 of them were caused by speeding drivers. Just imagine if that a speeding driver is in command of a large truck that can weigh in excess of 80,000 lbs.
Truck drivers are under a great deal of pressure to get their hauls to their destinations on time. Many truckers get paid by the job so the faster they can deliver their load sooner they can move on to the next money making gig. The urgency to meet deadlines and increase their income causes many drivers to speed and put their and other’s lives at risk.
Types of Accidents Caused By Excessive Speed
The following list outlines the types of common accidents caused by speeding truck drivers:
- Inability to stop because of speed
- Driving too fast on rain-slicked roads, hydroplaning, or driving too fast for other hazardous road conditions and inclement weather
- Jackknifing due to an out of control truck
- Tipping over because driver lost control while speeding
- Rear-ending the car ahead
- A driver losses control and leaves the roadway
Fatigue increases the likelihood that speeding truck driver will lose control of their vehicle. Speed combined with drugs or alcohol can have grave consequences.
In a Fatal Causation Study between 2001 and 2003, federal regulators found that 55 percent of trucks involved in an accident had at least one mechanical failure and 30 percent of trucks had safety equipment violations.
A speeding truck that experiences brake failure is more likely to cause serious damage to the occupants of a passenger vehicle. A tire blowout at a high rate of speed makes a truck much harder for the driver to control.
If you have been involved in a truck accident involving a driver who was speeding you can seek compensation to cover your medical expenses and other accident-related expenses.
A Cobb County truck accident attorney will work diligently to build a strong case on your behalf. A truck accident attorney has the investigative skills that allow them to analyze driver logs, results from federal inspections and the driving history of a truck operator to determine which party or parties can be held accountable for your truck accident.
You Cobb County truck accident attorney will aggressively pursue your case in order to ensure you are fairly compensated for your pain and suffering. A personal injury attorney understands the true costs of your injury and what the future implications of your injury are; they won’t allow you to be shortchanged.
In the aftermath of a serious truck accident, you will be approached by numerous parties who want to settle your case quickly and often for less than you deserve. Don’t fall prey to these tactics, before you speak to anyone about your accident, you should contact a Cobb County truck accident attorney.