According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
there are over 30,000 fatal motor vehicle accidents each and every year.
An estimated 31% of all fatal crashes involve some form of
alcohol-impaired driving, and large trucks are involved in 7.8% of all vehicle-related accident
fatalities. The NHTSA reports that there 1,244 vehicle fatalities in the
state of Georgia in 2010, with 72 of those fatalities occurring in Fulton County.
While drunk driving is one of the primary causes of serious
truck accidents, the leading cause of truck accidents is driver error. Driver error can
occur due to a variety of reasons including driver fatigue, a
distracted driver, improper instruction, lack of proper vehicle maintenance, and more. For
example, it is not uncommon for truck drivers to attempt to go long distances
without proper rest, in order to try and meet strictly enforced deadlines.
A lack of sufficient income could cause some truck drivers to forgo much
needed maintenance. Others may not have been properly instructed on how
to handle certain weather or road conditions. The use of cell phones or
other electronic devices can also distract drivers and cause a driver
to make fatal errors. While there are regulations set in place to prevent
such instances from happening, this does not mean they do not occur.
It is important if you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident,
that you contact a Fulton truck accident lawyer at Kalka & Baer, LLC
as soon as possible. Due to the size, weight and overall speed at which
trucks travel, any
type of truck accident has the potential to cause serious, if not catastrophic injuries. Our
firm will work with you closely to identify all liable parties and we
are committed to providing you with the aggressive representation you
need to achieve the most optimum outcome.
As the victim of a truck accident, you have rights. Our firm is here to
fight for your rights. Contact an experienced Atlanta truck accident attorney
at our firm today in order to
schedule a confidential consultation and review of your case.