Holiday Shopping Season Can Increase Your Risk Of An Alpharetta Truck Accident
For many people in the Alpharetta area and across the country, the holiday season means relaxing with friends, family, parties, and gift giving. For this reason, the period between the Thanksgiving holiday and the end of the calendar year has become synonymous with shopping and increased retail activity. In fact, the National Retail Federation indicates1 that it expects retail sales to increase by 3.7 percent this November and December. While this may seem like a modest increase, even this relatively small bump in sales can result in thousands of more trucks on the road than at other times of year as retailers increase stock in order to keep up with demand.
Collisions with semi-trucks can leave victims with significant injuries
When trucks collide with smaller passenger vehicles, the consequences can be catastrophic. Smaller vehicles can be crushed by large commercial trucks, potentially causing extremely serious injury to the smaller vehicle’s occupants. In fact, data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates2 that 72 percent of the 95,000 people who were injured in accidents involving large trucks were the occupants of smaller vehicles.
Fortunately for injured victims, when these accidents are caused by the negligence of truck drivers or trucking companies, they can often recover for the losses they sustain by filing a Georgia personal injury claim.
Truck driver negligence can take many forms
· Ignoring adverse weather conditions
· Failing to conduct a pre-trip inspection
· Distracted driving
· Driving while impaired by alcohol
· Hours of service violations
· Improper cargo loading
· Failure to secure cargo
· Reckless driving
· Failing to yield the right of way
Determining whether a particular accident was caused by negligence can be a complicated process that may require the collection and review of a significant amount of evidence. The kinds of evidence that may be relevant to your case include eyewitness accounts of the truck accident, driver log books, vehicle maintenance records, and surveillance footage that may have captured the accident taking place. Your Alpharetta truck accident attorney will thoroughly analyze your case and determine whether you have a legal claim.