Statistics say that there is one person killed every 16 minutes in the state of Georgia due to an accident with a semi-truck. There is a high amount of truck traffic moving through the state at any given time, making accidents with these trucks a safety concern.
When a vehicle collides with a semi-truck and a person dies as the result, it is considered a fatal trucking accident. The state sees more than 200 fatal trucking accidents each year. The majority of the accidents occur in rural areas, with approximately 33 percent of accident occurring in urban areas. Aside from fatalities, there are more than 5,000 injuries due to truck-related accidents annually.
In fatal trucking accidents, speed is a factor in just over 20 percent of incidents. Driver fatigue is thought to be a factor in between 30 and 40 percent of these accidents. Additionally, more than half of all drivers have admitted to falsifying the amount of hours on the road in their logs. Accidents between passenger vehicles and trucks can be severe due to the sheer power of the collisions.
If you have been involved in a truck accident or a loved one has been killed in a truck accident in Atlanta, reach out to an experienced attorney for assistance in determining your legal options. Victims are typically legally able to seek compensation for medical bills and more, and the families of victims who have died are able to recover damages. Contact an accident attorney for assistance today.