Perhaps you know someone who was recently involved in an accident involving a semi-truck, or you yourself have miraculously survived such a collision. You want answers, though you are not sure where to look.
Experienced Rollover Accident Attorneys
At Fried Rogers Goldberg, more than 95% of our time, energy and resources is dedicated to defending people like you whose lives have been drastically changed by an accident with a big rig truck â€“ in this case, a semi-truck rollover. Georgia especially is one of the few states that is home to frequent truck rollover accidents. If you are looking for answers, you have come to the right place.
You may have never been involved in a collision before and might feel confused and alone. Itâ€™s normal to feel this way, though you are certainly not alone.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that in 2015, over 3,850 people lost their lives to large trucking crashes. This number was 22 percent higher than in 2009, with 69 percent being the drivers of other vehicles â€“ not truck drivers.
We have listened firsthand to countless stories of loss and hope, witnessing how collisions like these can impact entire families. If you are ready to move forward, we want to help you do just that.
However, if youâ€™re ready to speak with a professional about your case today, contact the team at Fried Rogers Goldberg at (404) 591-1800 for your no-cost, no-obligation consultation. This consultation is 100% free and 100% confidential. We want to hear your story and we are ready for your phone call.
Causes and Factors of Truck Rollovers
A rollover accident can yield even more fatalities and harm than other types of semi-truck accidents. Part of this is because not only can the truck become a hazard, but so can its cargo. Any vehicle or object in the truckâ€™s path is endangered during a rollover.
Did you know that 90 percent of accidents are caused by human error? (The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) Crashes involving trucks and commercial vehicles are far more common than they should be. This means that almost all collisions involving large trucks and commercial vehicles are preventable.
Was the accident you were involved in preventable? We can help you find out.
Other common causes and contributing factors of truck rollover accidents include:
- Steering Issues
- Loss of Control (often in poor weather)
- High Center of Gravity (cargo piled too high, or is too heavy)
- Improper Loading of Cargo
- Distracted and/or Negligent
Still, according to the data mentioned above, itâ€™s more likely that a big rig driver was distracted or negligent while driving before a collision. Often, distracted driving includes:
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Texting while driving
- Sudden lane changes
We have zero tolerance for distracted or negligent driving at our firm. Itâ€™s true that some factors are beyond a driverâ€™s control, such as unsafe road conditions or the poor driving habits of others. But when a truck driver chooses to operate a 40-ton vehicle while text messaging, eating, under the influence or without proper rest, he or she is actively choosing to endanger all who are within their vicinity.
If you or someone you love has been injured because of a distracted and/or negligent truck driver, that driver should be held accountable for their actions. We want to help ensure this happens.
Truck Accident Rollovers and Vehicle Stability
A large truckâ€™s stability, and the ease at which it can tip or rollover should be enough to convince other drivers to be more cautious on the road â€“ but this isnâ€™t always the case.
For example, in 2015, Bloomberg reported on an accident involving an 18-wheeler and small car. The wreck occurred as the driver of the car suddenly stopped. Attempting to avoid a rear-end collision, the truck driver veered left, slammed on the brakes, and as a result, tipped over.
This is an accident that could have been avoided.
Itâ€™s always important to be cautious and alert behind the wheel, but itâ€™s even more important to be aware of your surroundings when driving near a commercial vehicle.
Larger vehicles have more blind spots than other cars. A big rig truck also needs 40% more stopping time than a car does. For example, an 80,000-pound truck can take a 10th of a mile to come to a complete stop.
Youâ€™re not responsible for another driverâ€™s actions, but you can do your part to pay attention and promote road safety.
The Dangers of a Semi-Truck Rollover
The most recent study by Bloomberg showed that truck rollover accidents were responsible for more than half of all driver deaths. On top of this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that trucking accidents are the leading cause of on-the-job deaths.
You donâ€™t need statistics to know that an accident with a semi-truck has the potential to be life changing.
If you are fortunate enough to walk away from such a collision with minor injuries such as scrapes, cuts or broken bones, your recovery time will be much shorter. More common injuries that are considered serious injuries are:
- Back and Neck Injuries (dislocated discs, whiplash)
- Head/Brain Injuries (traumatic brain trauma can occur, which is often life-altering)
- Internal Injuries (organs like the liver, kidneys, and spleen can become damaged)
- Spinal Cord Injuries/Paralysis
- Wrongful Death
Seeking medical attention immediately following an accident is not only critical for your health and well-being, but also for the overall success of your claim, should you choose to file one. Only a proper medical assessment can determine the extent of your injuries, and some injuries may take a day or two to progress, such as those involving the head or brain. You could be seriously injured and just not aware; even a concussion should be carefully evaluated. Whether you choose to go to the emergency room or see your family doctor, be sure you are examined by a professional physician as soon as possible.
Rollover Accidents in Atlanta
Since 2001, more than 200 trucks have flipped over in or around Atlanta and more than 200 people have lost their lives due to rollover accidents in Georgia (American Transportation Research Institute).
Where have you seen a truck rollover occur? Bloomberg revealed that the top 10-rollover spots in Atlanta all involve exit ramps. Accidents are more common in these areas due to factors such as speed, curvature, lack of signs or lights and obscured roadways.
Back in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent a proposed rule to the White House, asking for mandated electronic ability control for braking on big trucks, which could save up to 60 lives a year and prevent over 2,329 crashes.
Unfortunately, not everyone understands the severity of the situation.
Semi rollover accidents continue to take place in Atlanta and throughout Georgia, despite awareness of the problem. People continue to avoid taking the necessary safety precautions to prevent these tragic incidents.
If you or someone you know was recently involved in a trucking accident, speaking with an experienced attorney with years of handling claims just like yours could make a world of difference for you and your family. A distracted or negligent semi-truck driver may be to blame for your familyâ€™s suffering.
Contact the Truck Accident Attorneys Today
Do you have questions about the legal process and what it would look like for you? Or perhaps you donâ€™t know what step to take first or have just never sought legal help before. We can answer all your questions, but more than that â€“ we are qualified, we care, and have over 100 years of combined experience.
At Fried Rogers Goldberg, we are here for you. Our team has worked with hundreds of other victims of trucking accidents and fought diligently on their behalf to help them recover with a higher quality of life for themselves and their families. We know how hard this time can be, and we make ourselves available for our clients as if they were family. Whatever your needs are, they matter to us.
You can move on from this difficult time, and we can help you. Compensation isnâ€™t an end-all and wonâ€™t change the past, but it can certainly help with medical bills, missed wages and meeting practical needs.
Contact us today by calling (404) 591-1800 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. We will handle all aspects of your case, whether itâ€™s making phone calls on your behalf or collecting medical records. Youâ€™ve been through enough â€“ weâ€™ll take it from here!