Tractor trailers are in integral part of the U.S. economy, responsible for transporting raw materials, goods, and equipment all over the country. Because trucks are large most people may assume that they are easy to see and avoid. This is not always true, especially at night. In some situations, a truck may be blocking the road but may be difficult for other drivers to spot in time to avoid a collision. In other cases, truck drivers may block one or more lanes of traffic to maneuver toward their destination, creating serious problems as well.
Truck drivers must complete extensive training and obtain a commercial driver’s license to do their work. Due to the nature of this type of work and the vehicles they drive, truck drivers must hold to a higher duty of care than other drivers to prevent accidents, injuries, and deaths from collisions. When truck drivers violate this duty, it’s important for the victims of their poor decisions to know their options for recovery.
Many large trucks have to make stops at places that do not have large driveways or parking lots in which to maneuver. In some situations, a truck driver may need to back into a parking spot or next to a loading dock, and in doing so block one or more lanes of traffic. This is sometimes unavoidable but always dangerous for several reasons.
A truck driver at night may need to back up in such a fashion that the truck’s headlights face oncoming traffic. This can blind oncoming drivers or cause them to fail to see the trailer across the other lanes, causing an accident.
A truck driver that has to cross over one or more lanes of traffic to back into a spot may frustrate other drivers. A driver who tries to cross into the other lane to get around the truck may unexpectedly strike another car that was hidden, or travelling from the opposite direction with the same intention to pass around the truck.
Poor lighting and visibility can make a truck harder to spot, and other drivers may not be able to recognize a trailer blocking the road in some circumstances.
If you’ve suffered an injury due to a tractor trailer blocking a road, it’s crucial to know your options for collecting compensation. Most car accidents involving trucks lead to serious injuries and even deaths in many cases. After addressing your medical concerns following a truck accident, it’s a wise idea to speak with a qualified attorney who can advise you of your likelihood of winning a case against the driver who caused your injuries.
It’s important to remember that Georgia follows a comparative negligence law. This means that you can collect compensation even if a judge determines you were partially at fault for your injuries. The judge will review the case and determine your degree of fault or “fault percentage” based on your role in the events in question. If you win your case, your case award decreases by your fault percentage. For example, if you are found 10% at fault for a $1,000 case, you would receive 10% less, or $900.
Accidents involving trucks can easily turn into complex legal battles, and finding the right attorney can seem like a challenge. The team at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP has extensive experience in handling all types of truck accident cases, and we are confident in our ability to represent our clients and obtain the compensation they need to recover after serious accidents. Cases involving tractor trailers blocking roads are often complicated, and we can help. Reach out to our team to schedule a free consultation about your situation today.