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Gwinnett County Truck Accident Attorney

In a collision with a large, commercial truck, passenger vehicle occupants are likely to suffer serious injuries or death. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a truck accident due to an act of negligence, whether by the driver, truck manufacturer, or another party, call our Gwinnett County truck accident attorney as soon as possible. We are tough and compassionate advocates for truck accident victims.

Why Choose Bross, McAllister & Williams, LLC?

  • We are not intimidated by large corporations and will fight for your right to compensation, even if it means going to trial.
  • Our attorneys are respected by our peers and insurance companies. We have been distinguished with the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 award.
  • We have a history of success for our clients, recovering millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts.

What Makes Truck Accidents So Deadly?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) states that most of the people killed in large truck crashes are occupants of passenger vehicles. Commercial trucks can weight 20 to 30 times more than passenger cars. They are much taller, with greater ground clearance, making deadly underride car accidents a possibility. Truck braking capability can be a problem. Loaded tractor-trailers require 20 to 40 percent more distance to stop, and more on slippery roads or with poorly maintained brakes. Truck accidents can leave a victim with severe personal injuries that may last a lifetime, a Gwinnett County truck accident lawyer can help you receive compensation for your injuries.

Truck Accident Statistics

As reported by IIHS:

  • 4,102 people died in large truck crashes in the most recent year for which statistics are available.
  • 68% of these fatalities were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles.
  • 14% were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists.
  • The number of truck accident fatalities has increased by 30% in the past eight years.
  • 31% of passenger vehicle occupants killed in a two-vehicle crash with a large truck were struck head-on by the truck and 25% were side-struck by a truck.

Causes of Truck Accidents

In its Large Truck Crash Causation Study Analysis Brief, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) defines “critical event” as an action or event that made the collision unavoidable, assigned to the vehicle that took the action that caused the crash. A “critical reason” is the immediate reason for a critical event (or error leading to the event). Large trucks and their drivers were assigned the critical reason in 55% of the single and multi-vehicle large truck accidents studied. Our truck accident attorneys in Gwinnett County can determine what was the critical event that caused your accident. The three major critical events assigned to large trucks were:

  • Running out of the travel lane into another lane or off the road. (32%)
  • Loss of control of the vehicle, due to traveling too fast for conditions, cargo shift, vehicle system failures, road conditions, or other causes. (29%)
  • Rear-ending another vehicle in the truck’s travel lane. (22%)

Truck and Driver Factors Associated with Accidents

Researchers in the FMCSA study collected and coded hundreds of associated factors for each vehicle involved in a truck accident. The top 10 factors assigned to large trucks and their drivers were:

  • Brake problems
  • Interruption of traffic flow (congestion, previous crash)
  • Prescription drug use
  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Driver unfamiliarity with roadway
  • Problems with roadway
  • Driver required to stop before a crash (crosswalks, traffic lights)
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Driver fatigue

Get in Touch with Our Truck Accident Lawyers in Gwinnett County

Truck accidents are typically high-stakes, complex cases involving state and federal regulations, several mandatory records, and multiple potentially responsible parties. At Bross, McAllister & Williams, LLC, we are here for you to provide sound legal counsel and dedicated advocacy in your truck accident claim. Contact us today for a free consultation with no obligation in Atlanta and Suwanee, Georgia.

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