18 Wheeler Accidents

Georgia Truck Accident Center

Stephen M. Ozcomert is an Atlanta truck accident lawyer who has received numerous awards in personal injury law. As a sought-after Georgia litigator and advocate, Mr. Ozcomert is known for his dedication to helping victims of negligence. He puts over 20 years of legal experience to work for you in recovering compensation after a truck-related crash.

Atlanta Truck Accidents

Trucks and tractor-trailers are often the most efficient means of transporting goods within and among states. However, large commercial vehicles like buses and big rigs also cause some of the worst carnage on the road. Over 50,000 people are injured in truck accidents each year. These collisions often involve:

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  • Rollovers
  • Jackknifes
  • Explosions
  • Swing turns
  • Spilled cargo
  • Falling debris
  • Loose trailers
  • Over-tracking
  • Tire blowouts

Cleanups can be messy and injuries severe. The impact of an 18-wheeler weighing over 80,000 pounds often proves fatal. The increasing number of trucks on interstate highways is vital to a growing economy, but also a danger to motorists who share the road.

Truck Accident Negligence

Most truck accidents are caused by careless driving. Truck drivers make the same mistakes as other motorists, but with more disastrous consequences. The stress of hauling cargo long distances and ensuring timely delivery can lead to reckless errors. Negligent operation may involve:

  • Speeding
  • Intoxication
  • Driver fatigue
  • Unsafe loading
  • Failure to yield
  • Phone, radio use
  • Distracted driving
  • Weight restrictions
  • Maintenance failures

Of the half-million injuries caused by truck accidents, approximately 26 percent involve substance abuse; 23 percent involve speeding. Almost 15 percent of collisions occur when drivers fail to check their blind spots and 7 percent are caused by distracted driving. Atlanta truck accident attorney Stephen M. Ozcomert can help in recovering full compensation if you have been victim to a truck driver's negligence.

Trucks and Product Liability

Trucks must be equipped with different parts and safety devices not found in regular cars. When these parts are flawed, catastrophic accidents can happen. Defective truck products may include:

  • Balding tires
  • Cooling pumps
  • Pressure gauges
  • Braking systems
  • Electrical wiring
  • Tie-downs or tarps
  • Radio malfunctions
  • Chemical leaks, spills

Whether the defective product is a retreaded tire or sticky floor mat, manufacturers may be held liable. Millions of commercial vehicles are recalled every year after defective parts cause an accident.

Commercial Carrier Liability

Commercial drivers are held to a higher legal standard than other motorists. Obtaining a license to operate a truck requires specialized skill and extensive training. Federal and state laws impose additional restrictions on commercial carriers, including:

  • Drug testing
  • Service hour logs
  • Lower DUI limits
  • Safety inspections
  • Insurance minimums
  • Mandatory rest stops
  • Out-of-service periods
  • Hauling, cargo permits

Whether the truck is traveling within or outside the state, vehicles and drivers must comply with federal and state regulations. This requires recording total driving hours and obtaining proper permits for vehicles carrying hazardous waste. Violations give rise to liability, not only against negligent drivers, but also against the trucking companies that employ them.

Consult an Experienced Advocate

If you were involved in a truck accident, Atlanta personal injury attorney Stephen M. Ozcomert can help. For thousands of clients in Atlanta, Decatur, and elsewhere, his work has made the difference between multi-million dollar awards and staggering debt. Because truck accidents involve multiple parties and laws, they can be complex. With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Ozcomert knows how to handle negligent parties and reluctant insurers. Armed with a nuanced understanding of state and federal regulations, he fights to identify all sources of liability and win the award you deserve. Call (404) 370-1000, or toll free, 888-373-9321, for a free professional consultation or contact us online.