There’s no question that Atlanta’s highways are busy. Our bustling metropolis is full of folks commuting to and from jobs all over the metro area. Alongside those drivers are a plethora of commercial trucks moving in and out and around the city. Semi-trucks, garbage trucks, flatbed trucks, and construction trucks are just a few of the many types of large vehicles that frequent our roadways.
With that level of congestion, the potential for major truck accidents is common, and our truck accident lawyers understand that these accidents can cause significant damage to your car as well as cause catastrophic personal injury to you. When these accidents occur, you’ll need the help of experienced truck accident lawyers to help you navigate the complex laws surrounding truck accident litigation.
Because of the many regulations, state and federal laws, and the potentially numerous parties that may be responsible, the attorneys at Lourie, Chance, Forlines, Carter & King PC will fight to make sure you’re fairly compensated for your injuries.
Many of the most common types of truck accidents include:
- Rollovers: These accidents occur when a truck driver loses control and the truck slides and rolls over onto its side.
- Jackknifes: A jackknife happens when a truck’s trailer shifts outward 90 degrees and meets the front of the cab. This can happen when the driver slams on their brakes.
- Rear-end: If a vehicle stops suddenly in front of a truck, a rear end collision can occur, causing significant damage to the vehicle and its driver.
- Side collisions: When a vehicle crashes into the side of a semi-truck the results can be deadly. Because of the height of the trailer, a smaller vehicle can experience significant damage and injury as it crashes under the trailer.
- Wide turns: When a large truck needs to make a right turn they generally swing to the left to make room for the turn. This can cause a car on the right side to be squeezed between the truck and sidewalks or curbs to the right.
- Blind spots: Many large trucks have a warning sign that reads “If you can’t see me, I can’t see you.” This refers to a large truck’s blind spot and if you enter that area a truck may change lanes or turn without seeing you and causing an accident.
- Improper load: If a truck’s cargo is improperly secured on a flatbed or any sort of trailer, that cargo may become dislodged and can cause deadly accidents as drivers of other vehicles swerve to miss the debris.
- T-bone: These accidents occur when a truck driver doesn’t change lanes properly or turns into another vehicle’s side.
As you can see there are numerous ways a large truck can cause an accident. Our experienced attorneys are here to work for you in the event of an accident to help you receive the compensation you deserve to get your life back.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident with a truck, contact us today at 404-760-7400 to schedule a free consultation. We proudly serve those who live in and near the Atlanta area, as well as Savannah, Columbus, Decatur, and Augusta, Georgia.