What are Some Common Causes of Alpharetta Truck Accidents?
Individuals who have been hurt in preventable accidents involving tractor-trailers or other types of commercial vehicles can often recover for their losses by filing a Georgia personal injury claim1. The truck accident lawyers of Boling Rice, LLC are committed to helping truck accident victims recover for their losses, and strive to obtain the highest settlement or award in each case we handle. Call our office today at (770) 355-0780 to schedule a free consultation.
Negligence can cause serious truck accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports2 that over 100,000 people were injured in accidents involving large trucks in 2012. As is the case with other cases involving injury resulting from preventable accidents, victims must be able to establish that their accident was caused by someone else’s negligence in order to be able to recover. While truck accidents can occur in an almost infinite number of ways, there are some types of accidents that are much more common than others. Some of the more common types of truck accidents that are the result of negligence include:
- Rollover Accidents – Rollover accidents occur when a truck flips over onto its side or even onto its roof. Some of the more common causes of rollover accidents include excessive speed, high winds, tire blowouts, and improper braking.
- Override Accidents – The accidents happen when a truck hits other vehicle and rides over it. Override accidents can be the result of brake failure, tailgating, speeding, or driver fatigue, among other possible causes.
- Jackknife Accidents – Jackknife accidents involve the trailer of a truck folding against the truck in an action that resembles a folding knife. They can occur for a number of reasons, some of which could imply truck driver negligence. Some of the more common include improper braking and turning.
- Accidents caused by Mechanical Failure – Modern semi-trucks are complicated pieces of machinery that have thousands of parts that have the potential to fail. When accidents are caused by mechanical failure, victims may be able to hold the manufacturer of the specific part or even the manufacturer of the truck liable through a products liable lawsuit.
After a truck accident, it is important that victims seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if they do not believe that they are injured. Not only will seeing a medical professional ensure that your injuries are properly treated, it will also generate an official record of your injuries that can help establish liability if your claim become contested. Finally, you should retain legal counsel as soon as possible and refrain from making any statements to insurance companies without consulting your lawyer.