Cumming 18-Wheeler Accident Attorneys
18-wheelers are the largest vehicles on our highways, and they are involved in some of the most dangerous and terrifying traffic accidents. The sheer size and weight of these massive machines leaves anyone involved in a truck accident – especially the occupants of the other vehicles – extremely vulnerable to serious injuries. If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in a truck accident, turn to an experienced Cumming 18-wheeler accident attorney.
Truck Drivers and Negligence
When it comes to truck accidents, truck driver negligence is often the cause. Truck drivers are professional drivers who make their living behind the wheel of their rigs, and as a result, they are held to exacting safety restrictions that are intended to help keep our highways and roads safer for everyone who travels on them. When truckers engage in negligent driving practices, it can lead to life-threatening accidents. Truck driver negligence can take many forms, including:
- Distraction – Distracted drivers don’t pay adequate attention to the task of driving safely, and when the driver in question is a distracted truck driver, the situation is that much more dangerous. While distractions can vary, texting is among the most dangerous and prevalent distractions on our roads.
- Impairment – An impaired truck driver presents an obvious threat to everyone on the road, which is why the law takes a near zero-tolerance stance when it comes to truck drivers who drink and drive.
- Exhaustion – The effects of exhaustion are very similar to impairment, which is why truck drivers are restricted by strict hours-of-service regulations that dictate when they must take breaks, and when they can return to the road. Truck drivers who skirt these rules make our roads much more dangerous.
- Excess Speed – Semis already require far longer stopping distances than do the cars we drive, and when a trucker chooses to ignore the speed limit (and/or the condition of the road), that truck driver increases his or her stopping distance, decreases the reaction time available to him or her, and reduces the effectiveness of the safety structures that are built into the roadway, such as medians and guardrails.
- Aggression – Aggressive drivers intentionally engage in dangerous driving acts and are arguably the most dangerous drivers on our highways. When the aggressive driver in your midst is behind the wheel of a semi, you are well-advised to leave the roadway and to alert the authorities as soon as it is safe to do so.
Driver negligence is incredibly dangerous, and when the driver is behind a large truck, it is even more so. There are other parties that might be liable, including the trucking company, truck manufacturer, and others involved in the trucking operation at issue.
Consult with an Experienced Cumming 18-Wheeler Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, the dedicated 18-wheeler accident attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland – proudly serving both Forsyth County and Cumming – have impressive experience guiding clients with cases like yours toward optimal resolutions, and we are here for you, too. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 770-887-1209 today.