Truck Accidents Can Require Investigation
A recent accident1 in a nearby town shut down major roadways and affected traffic flow for almost two days on Georgia’s I-285 highway. A tractor-trailer truck carrying cargo for Publix Supermarkets first drove off of an overpass and was then followed by a tanker truck reportedly hauling 8,000 gallons of gasoline. The first truck overturned and landed inverted in the middle of traffic lanes while the tanker came to a stop on its side on an embankment. The scene took most of two days to clear.
Often, commercial truck accidents can cause severe injuries, especially when they involved rollovers. These large trucks have the potential to take out any vehicles that may be in their path once a driver loses control. Fortunately—and shockingly—no one was seriously injured in the above accident. Both of the drivers sustained non-life-threatening injuries while no other motorists were involved. Additionally, though the tanker was carrying potentially hazardous cargo, no fire or explosion occurred and the fuel did not appear to leak from the truck. Similar accidents in the past have been significantly more disastrous with much worse effects.
Investigation underway regarding cause of the accident
At the time of the media reports, law enforcement officers were still investigating what caused both drivers to leave the road. There are many different common causes for truck accidents such as the one above, many of which involve a negligent party. Some examples of negligence that can cause truck accidents include:
- Distracted driving2
- Aggressive driving
- Fatigued driving
- Impaired driving
- Road hazards or obstacles
- Defective truck parts
- Failure to properly inspect or maintain the truck
These are some of the most common acts of negligence in truck accidents though collisions can occur for any number of reasons. If you suffer injuries in a truck accident, you must identify the correct negligent party in order to recover and, often, an extensive investigation is required to determine who or what caused the crash.
Call for a free consultation with a truck accident attorney in Cumming, Georgia
If you have been involved in a truck accident, your first call should be to the Cumming, Georgia office of Boling Rice LLC so that we may begin working on your case as soon as possible. Call us today at 770-887-3162 for help.