Experienced Savannah and Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyers Handling Cases Involving Reckless Truck Drivers
Strong legal counsel when truck drivers in Georgia are too aggressive
Aggressive driving accounts for over half of all traffic crashes, according to a study done by the American Automobile Association in 2009. The study was based on aggressive driving definitions compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Aggressive or reckless driving is especially dangerous when trucks are involved. Driving a commercial truck, such as a semi-truck or 18-wheeler, is risky enough when the driver is cautious and obeying the traffic laws. When truck drivers speed, constantly shift lanes, or tailgate, they are likely to cause collisions that will result in death, permanent injuries, or the need for long-term care.
The legal team at Harris Lowry Manton LLP is dedicated to asserting the rights of injured drivers, passengers, and others who are hurt by overassertive drivers. Our Atlanta reckless truck driving lawyers have achieved some of the top verdicts and settlements in Georgia because we thoroughly investigate each case, conduct extensive legal discovery, and consult experts who are at the top of their field. We prepare each case for jury trial because strong jury awards are the best way to compensate the victims. Lawyers throughout the Southeast refer truck accident cases to us because we have a reputation for getting results.
What conduct qualifies as reckless driving?
Almost everyone who has driven on Georgia’s interstates, state roads, or rural roads has experienced traveling in the slow lane at the proper rate of speed when a tractor-trailer gets so close, you can smell the fumes from the truck. The truck driver keeps pushing until you are forced into another lane or even onto the shoulder of the road. Alternatively, the truck passes you and begins to tailgate other drivers in the same way, causing fear among every driver on that stretch of the highway. If the truck gets too close, there is not enough room to pass, or there’s an emergency need to slow down, the truck can collide with you or another vehicle, causing deadly or catastrophic injuries.
NHTSA, through its Fatal Accident Report System (FARS), has developed a list of criteria that qualifies as aggressive or reckless driving. These factors include:
- Erratically changing lanes
- Failing to allow another vehicle to merge
- Failing to yield
- Passing too closely or too quickly
- Passing even when it is clear passing is not allowed
- Failing to obey traffic signs and signals
- Illegally using the shoulder of the road
- Making improper turns
Speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, and distracted driving are the top three reasons for fatalities, according to the NHTSA.
The problem of aggressive driving is so severe that the federal government has designed a program known as Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) to try to reduce reckless driving accidents.
Your rights when reckless truck drivers cause death or serious injuries
Our Atlanta reckless truck driving attorneys understand how to hold aggressive truck drivers liable for the harm they cause. We do not limit actions, though, to just the driver. For example:
- If the hiring trucking company put undue time pressures on their driver, we then seek to hold the company accountable.
- It the truck was owned by someone else, we may bring a claim against the owner of the truck.
- If the driver was intoxicated, then we may sue taverns, restaurants, and other businesses that served liquor to the driver if they reasonably knew he/she was intoxicated and likely to drive soon. We also demand that social hosts who served alcohol be held accountable.
In reckless driving cases, our Savannah reckless truck driver lawyers demand payment for the medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering of the victim. In wrongful death cases, we demand payment for the economic loss and the loss of services and society the deceased loved one would have provided the family members. We also demand that the wrongdoers pay punitive damages to punish the driver for the malicious conduct and to deter the driver from ever driving recklessly again.
Speak with an experienced Georgia reckless driving lawyer to protect your rights
The highly-respected Atlanta reckless driving lawyers at HLM understand how devastating the loss of a loved one or a catastrophic injury can be. We have worked with many clients who can no longer walk, talk, work, or see because of a serious truck accident. We sympathize with your daily pain.