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Types of Truck Accidents

Types of Truck Accidents

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Types of Truck Accidents in Atlanta

When we think about truck accidents, we’re usually thinking about the massive multi-vehicle pile-ups on the freeways that are caused, at least in part, by commercial semi-trucks and tractor-trailer trucks. However, our Georgia truck accident lawyers see accidents come in many shapes and sizes.

Accidents involving any type of large trucks typically have a few things in common:

  • Because of the size and weight of these trucks, vehicle damage and injuries tend to be more severe.
  • Their size and weight also make stopping and maneuvering more difficult for the drivers, leading to more accidents.
  • There are often many different parties that may share liability, such as owners, leasing companies, multiple service technicians, and drivers, to name a few.

If you have been involved in a truck accident in Georgia, contact the Atlanta truck lawyers at Gilormo Injury Law for help with your insurance and legal claims.

Tanker Truck Accidents

Tanker trucks are easily identifiable: they are trucks the size of commercial semi-trucks or tractor-trailers but have a cylindrical tank. They are commonly used to transport a variety of liquids, such as chemicals, liquids, gases, beverages, and dry goods. They can be used for heavy haul purposes, especially when transporting hazardous materials.

Accidents with tanker trucks can be particularly damaging, depending on what type of material is being transported. Spilling fuel, oil, and various types of toxic and hazardous materials can not only affect those involved in the accidents but can also be severe enough to shut down highways, surrounding areas, and even entire communities.

Accidents in Atlanta Involving Dump Trucks

Dump trucks are used for moving large loads of materials such as sand, gravel, or demolition waste for construction. A typical dump truck has an open-box bed, which is hinged at the rear and equipped with hydraulic rams to lift the front of the bed, allowing the material in the bed to be deposited, or “dumped,” on the ground behind the truck at the site of delivery.

As discussed above, dump truck accidents pose a unique set of challenges because of the number of parties that may share liability, from the driver up to the manufacturer of the truck.

Atlanta Accident Attorneys for Garbage Truck Collisions

As U.S. citizens become more environmentally aware, the number of accidents involving garbage and/or recycling trucks increases accordingly. Garbage disposal and recycling are industries on the rise and are generally recession-proof since people always need their waste removed.

Along with some of the issues surrounding all truck accidents, waste trucks accidents are particularly damaging because:

  • These trucks stop and start frequently.
  • They are often out very early in the morning when the streets are still dark.
  • To save time, drivers often stop in the middle of the road rather than pulling over to the side.

Flatbed Trucks Accidents

Flatbed trucks are common because they can transport large and awkward items, like logs and telephone poles, huge pipes, manufactured homes, and heavy machinery. Unfortunately, flatbed trucks don’t have walls or sides to safely hold their cargo in place. 

If the truck’s cargo is secured improperly, it may move around, making the truck unstable and sometimes uncontrollable. This can lead to jackknife and rollover accidents, or even loose cargo falling onto the roadway, striking other vehicles without warning.

About Oversized Truck Accidents in Atlanta

Federal and state laws have been established regarding the movement of oversized loads, but many shipping companies will either ignore these rules or follow them to the bare minimum if they think they can get away with it. Serious injury and even death may be the result when oversized trucks are not operating according to the rules of the road. The Atlanta truck attorneys at Gilormo Injury Law can help determine whether any laws have been violated.

Even experienced drivers have trouble controlling their overloaded trucks, even at slow speeds. Common causes for overloaded truck accidents include inattentive drivers, clipping overpasses or roadside barriers, and improper flagging.

Let an Atlanta Truck Attorney at Gilormo Injury Law Help if You’ve Been Involved in a Truck Accident

Large trucks of any type are among the most dangerous vehicles on our roadways. If you’ve been injured in a truck-related accident, our Atlanta truck lawyers at Gilormo Injury Law have the understanding and experience to help you deal with the complex insurance and legal issues surrounding claims. We will fight for you and help you recover all of the compensation you’re entitled to. We serve clients in all of Greater Atlanta, including Roswell, Canton, and CummingContact us to schedule a free consultation if you need our help.

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