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Main causes of tractor-trailer accidents in Georgia

It is common to see tractor-trailers on Georgia roads. They are important for both transporting goods in and out of the state and for the drivers themselves who make their living driving the trucks. These large trucks can also be very dangerous if they are not driven properly and cause tractor-trailer accidents. They are so much larger than most other vehicles on the road and cause significant damage and catastrophic injuries when they strike these smaller vehicles.

Therefore, truck drivers and trucking companies are held to high standards for both personal conduct and ensuring the trucks are operating correctly. However, like with other industries, people make mistakes and accidents occur.

There are a number of causes of these accidents, but some cause more accidents than others. Some of the main ones are brake problems, both prescription and over-the-counter drug use, driving too fast for conditions, driver fatigue, unfamiliarity with a particular road, failure to stop at traffic control devices and many others.

However, the specific cause of the accident is not what is important to the victim. The victims' lives may never be the same and it can also be very costly for the victim. It is important that the truck driver and/or the trucking company are held responsible when they cause these accidents and may be required to compensate the victim for the damages they caused. These damages can include medical bills, lost income and other damages that affect the victims' daily lives.

While most trucks are driven safely in Georgia, accidents do occur and innocent victims' lives may be changed completely. These victims may be entitled to compensation though. This may not heal the injuries and fix all the problems, but it can be very valuable as one tries to put their life back together. The insurance companies may try to minimize the damages though and experienced attorneys may be a useful resource for one going through the process.

Source: www.fmcsa.dot.gov, "The Large Truck Crash Causation Study - Analysis Brief" accessed on Dec. 5, 2017

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