Sharing the busy Georgia highways with big rigs like semis and tractor-trailers can be harrowing experiences. Pedestrians, drivers of passenger vehicles, cyclists and motorcyclists can take precautions to avoid being involved in truck accidents. The best way to do this might be to become familiar with the challenges faced by the drivers of these large vehicles.
Tall vehicles roll over much more easily than cars and other small vehicles because their center of gravity is much higher. For this reason, truckers have to navigate ramps and curves at much lower speeds, often causing impatient drivers of cars to make unsafe passes. When commercial vehicles travel at the allowed speed they typically generate gusts of wind that can push smaller cars into adjacent lanes, and the force of the wind they generate can even pull cars under trucks with high ground clearances.
The sheer mass and size of big rigs compared to other vehicles are enough to cause catastrophic or fatal injuries to other road users. Safety authorities say large trucks could weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger cars. This significantly increases the risks faced by crash victims. Most truck operators are properly trained and responsible drivers who recognize the challenges posed by the massive trucks when they accelerate, brake and maneuver their vehicles when sharing the roads with passenger cars.
However, that is not always the case, and victims of truck accidents that were caused by negligent truckers are typically entitled to seek recovery of damages through the Georgia civil justice system. An experienced personal injury attorney can be an invaluable source of support and guidance throughout ensuing legal proceedings. Not only can financial damages like medical expenses and lost income be recovered, but also emotional harm such as pain and suffering, lost life enjoyment and more.