Recent tractor trailer accidents in Augusta, GA
May 28, 2011 – Exit ramp of Sigman Road and I-20
A man was injured when his vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer in Conyers, Georgia. The wreck occurred at 5 p.m. and involved a passenger vehicle becoming wedged underneath a tractor-trailer truck hauling paper supplies. The cause of the incident is still under investigation.
Monitoring Trailer Placement: Truck drivers are trained to use extreme care on entry and exit ramps because their articulated vehicles track differently than normal vehicles. The trailer tires do not necessarily follow in the same arc as the tractor tires. Truck drivers have a responsibility to make sure that the trailer has sufficient room to complete a maneuver without contacting other vehicles in the roadway. We have handled a number of cases involving truck and commercial vehicle accidents. You can see our case results by clicking here.
Interstate trucking companies are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (“FMCSR”), including trucking operations, driver qualifications, hours of service, maintenance of equipment, insurance, and alcohol and drug testing. Georgia also has state specific regulations governing intrastate trucking companies. Intrastate trucking companies pick up and deliver loads only in the state of Georgia and do not cross state lines. By statute, Georgia has adopted many of the federal regulations as also being applicable to intrastate trucking companies. Under Georgia law, intrastate trucking companies must have minimum insurance of $100,000/ $300,000 in liability coverage. Georgia also has a special exemption for logging trucks from many regulations applicable to other commercial vehicles.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a trucking accident, you should contact a trucking attorney at Fried Goldberg LLC as soon as possible to make sure that evidence is preserved and not destroyed by the trucking company. You can contact us by calling 877-591-1801 or clicking here to email us.