Car accident injury and fatality statistics in Georgia are more than enough to make you take pause. But collisions between big rigs and ordinary passenger vehicles are particularly devastating, and many of these occur in and around Atlanta on busy highways like Interstates 85, 75, 20, 16, and 285. One can never emphasize enough the importance of smart, safe driving but it’s not only you who needs to pay attention to the road. It’s your fellow drivers as well.
Minimize the Risks of a Truck Accident
What can you do to avoid a truck accident? Obviously, no one plans to have an encounter with an 18-wheeler, and it’s impossible to 100% eliminate the chances of getting into an accident. That said, here are some ways you can minimize the risk:
- Avoid big-rig blind spots: Every vehicle has its blind spots, but big trucks have bigger blind spots, offering plenty of room for a passenger car to “hide” in. Both sides of a big truck are blind spots. Being just in front of and behind a big truck also puts you in a blind spots. When you pass semis, pass them quickly to avoid lingering in these danger zones.
- Keep a good distance: Big trucks need more room to brake, especially at high speeds, when compared to smaller vehicles. It may be dangerous and annoying when someone takes that “safety space” you dutifully left between you and the next vehicle, but tailgating a big-rig is ten times more dangerous.
- Be careful when big trucks turn: Large trucks need lots of space to turn, particularly when they are pulling one or more long trailers. Don’t get close to them as they turn at intersections.
In the Aftermath of a Truck Accident
Localized truck accidents in Atlanta, GA, require localized legal help. No matter how closely you follow the rules of the road, respect big rigs and the special dangers they pose, accidents can still happen through no fault of your own.
Truck driver distraction, overworked truck drivers, failure of truck companies to keep up proper truck maintenance, speeding, and a host of other causes can leave you with serious lifelong injuries or even lead to the loss of a loved one.
Recovering physically and emotionally may take years or they may become a lifelong struggle. But under Georgia state tort law, you can recover financially, at least, from the accident instead of being crushed under a never-ending burden of debt that shouldn’t have been brought upon you in the first place.
Do not hesitate to contact a local, Atlanta Area personal injury lawyer to fight and get you a maximized claim. Most such lawyers will work on a contingency basis, so you pay no upfront fees. As soon as an experienced lawyer with a strong record appears on the scene, insurance companies will suddenly be willing to negotiate instead of giving you take it or leave it low-ball offers.
Remember, you have only 2 years to file your lawsuit under Georgia’s personal injury statute of limitations. The longer you wait, the more difficult it may be to gather the witnesses and evidence you need to win your suit.
Without a good lawyer working on your behalf, insurers will try to pin at least part of the blame on you for the accident to avoid paying a full compensation, under Georgia’s “modified comparative fault rule.” Additionally, as Georgia has no damage caps, a skilled attorney can help you increase your claim based on comprehensive assessment of all real economic and noneconomic (pain and suffering) damages, with no artificial limits imposed.
The road to financial recovery after a big truck accident will be much more successful and much faster and easier when you have skilled legal help on your side.