Unfortunately, many lawyers presume that because an accident involves a commercial truck, the commercial driver is at fault. As a result they fail to do the work necessary to prove fault in the accident. This mistake can be extremely harmful to those injured in a trucking accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “In 71 percent of fatal 2-vehicle fatal large truck/other-vehicle crashes, police reported one or more driver factors for the other vehicle, but none for the truck driver.” (1996 FARS, NHTSA). If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a trucking accident, your Atlanta, GA commercial truck accident lawyer at The Sessions Law Firm, LLC, won't take anything for granted.
If you have been involved in accident with tractor trailer or an 18-wheeler, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations says that, if the driver of the commercial truck was at fault for the wreck, these 10 factors most likely contributed to the accident:
- Making illegal maneuver
- Inadequate surveillance
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Following too close
- Misjudgment of gap or other's speed
- Stop required before crash
- External distraction
- Brake problems
If you or someone that you care about has been involved in an accident with a tractor trailer or other commercial truck, the injuries and devastation resulting from the accident can be overwhelming. For many of our clients, helping them understand why the accident occurred is one small part of making this right and helping them get justice. The Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) is based on 3 years of data collection by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The LTCCS first national study to attempt to determine the critical events and associated factors that contribute to serious large truck crashes. The LTCCS is one of those tools that skilled trucking accident lawyers use in evaluating the performance a driver in an accident. Our Atlanta, GA commercial truck truck accident lawyer can help you if you have been involved in a crash with an 18-wheeler or other commercial vehicle.