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Leading Cause of Truck Accidents

Leading Cause of Truck Accidents

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.


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