The majority of lawsuits based on car accidents are usually founded on a driver's negligence behind the wheel. The negligent driver can be held accountable for their behavior, especially if it results in an auto accident that leads to serious injuries or even fatalities. But what if the accident wasn't due to a driver who was negligent? What if there was a defect in one of the cars involved, and that led directly to the accident? In that type of case, a lawsuit may be brought against the vehicle manufacturer.
Most Georgia residents have probably heard the heartbreaking news about a deadly truck accident that left five young women dead. The young women - all nursing students who were finishing up their first year of studies - were in two separate cars that were part of a multi-vehicle crash that reportedly occurred because the driver of a semi-truck did not slow down as he was approached a traffic jam.
When on the road in Rome and throughout Georgia, drivers need to be vigilant of the presence of large trucks on the road. These vehicles are heavy, massive and can cause a significant amount of damage if there is a collision, especially if it is with a smaller vehicle. While in most instances, a truck driver is cautious and operates his or her vehicle safely, there are times when the driver might have been driving too long without a break, is speeding or violating some other law leading to a semi truck accident. Even if the driver is operating the vehicle safely, circumstances can lead to a crash.
Not every vehicle in Rome, Georgia, is made the same. Motorcycles are light, fast, sexy and can be incredible dangerous in an accident, due to the lack of protection for its rider. Cars are the standard for most people, and, although they come in many sizes and shapes, they offer a wide variety of safety features for the occupants. While normally offering the same safety features as their smaller counterparts, SUV's and trucks have an added advantage of size and weight. One of the largest, and in many people's opinion the most dominate vehicle on the road, is the semi-truck tractor trailer. The sheer size and weight of a semi-truck can have devastating effects on any vehicle caught in an accident with it.
Semi-trucks carry over half of the United States' goods to various points across the several states, as well as Canada. Being a professional driver is not without its risk, as most auto accidents are caused by human error. The roadways are full of drivers being distracted by cell phones and other electronic devices, but semi-truck drivers who spend long hours traversing America's interstates have to contend with a greater threat: fatigue.
The spring and summer months are a time of heightened motorcycle traffic in Georgia and throughout the country, and drivers of trucks and passenger vehicles should keep an eye out for riders. Too often, failure to see a motorcycle results in serious injuries.
It isn't hard to understand why drivers of large commercial trucks are subject to safety regulations that don't necessarily apply to other drivers. The size, weight and speed of a tractor-trailer significantly increase the risk of a catastrophic accident. Still, truck drivers often fail in their duty of care to protect other motorists from injury, and that appears have been the case recently in Georgia.
Learning that your loved one has died in a truck accident is a horrible experience. When that accident was caused by a driver's negligence, the pain may be all the more severe. For one Georgia man's family, that horror became a reality when their loved one was killed in a crane truck accident.
Police officers face certain risks every day on the job. For law enforcement personnel who are dealing with traffic violations, the threat of injury can be significantly increased. A recent car accident involving a police cruiser and a semi truck highlights some of the dangers of police work.