Tractor trailers are important to the United States economy, but they are also some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. It’s imperative for both truck drivers and regular motorists to appreciate the dangers these vehicles represent, especially at night. Tractor trailers require light fixtures and reflectors so other drivers can spot them on the road. Poor roadway lighting could leave a local government agency or municipality responsible for maintaining the light fixtures liable for damages resulting from inadequate lighting.
At Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, we want drivers in Atlanta and throughout Georgia to understand the dangers of inadequate lighting on the road, both in terms of roadway lighting and lighting fixtures on tractor trailers. When trucking companies fail to properly maintain their vehicles, or when government agencies fail to maintain safe roadways, injured victims should know what to expect and how to start the process of suing for compensation.
Trucking companies have a duty of care to the public that entails several safety measures. First, they must ensure their drivers have the appropriate licenses and skill to operate their trucks. Next, they must also ensure those trucks are safe to drive, and lighting is an important part of this. While maintaining the components under the hood is crucial, it’s also imperative for truck maintenance teams to check trucks’ lighting systems and reflectors.
Reflectors and reflective tape help other drivers notice trucks on the road at night. Depending on the location, the color of the truck, and the available light in the area, a truck and its trailer can be extremely difficult to discern at night. If a trucking company did not perform thorough maintenance and allows a truck’s lighting system to fall into disrepair, or fails to replace worn, faded, or lost reflective tape, the company an incur liability for any resulting injuries and damages from other drivers.
State and local governments maintain the roadways and the lighting fixtures on them. If a roadway lighting failure causes an accident, the injured plaintiffs must file a claim against the government agency responsible for the road’s maintenance. Suing a government entity is much different than suing a private individual or company. When suing a government agency, plaintiffs typically have a much shorter statute of limitations and must also meet strict filing deadlines. An attorney is a tremendous asset in these situations.
If you suffered injuries and other losses in a truck accident due to the trucking company’s failure to maintain the lighting on their trucks, an attorney can help you gather the evidence you’ll need to win your case. Like most personal injury cases, plaintiffs can potentially secure compensation for:
After experiencing a truck accident due to inadequate lighting, handle your medical issues first, and then contact an attorney as soon as possible. The team at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP is here to handle all types of truck accident cases in the Atlanta area and throughout the state of Georgia, so call our office to schedule a free case evaluation.