Unsafe Driving / Driving too Fast for Conditions
Unsafe driving can lead to serious accidents. For victims who are injured due to a truck driver’s unsafe driving, the results can be particularly devastating. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, two percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States involved large trucks. The aftermath of an accident often can be as difficult as the accident itself.
At Miller Legal Services, Marietta truck accident lawyer Norman Miller offers skilled and vigorous legal representation to victims who have been injured due to careless driving. We understand the traumatic effects an accident can have on a victim, which is why we are committed to helping our clients pursue the compensation that they deserve.What Constitutes Unsafe Driving?
While there are many ways to drive in an unsafe manner, some of the most common examples include:
- Excessive speeding
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to maintain the vehicle properly
- Driver fatigue
- Violating federal hours-of-service regulations
- Distracted driving, including texting while driving
- Tire blowouts
- Unsafe lane changes
- Unsecured cargo
- Overweight or overloaded trucks
If the victim of an accident can establish that the truck driver engaged in any of the above behaviors, or similar behaviors, the victim may be able to file a claim under the theory of negligence.Establishing a Negligence Claim and Seeking Compensation
Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care in one’s actions. Using reasonable care means acting how a reasonably prudent person would act in similar circumstances. To succeed in a negligence claim based on a truck crash, a victim must show that he or she was owed a duty of care by a truck driver, that the truck driver breached that duty by failing to drive safely, and that the truck driver’s unsafe driving caused the accident and led to the victim’s injuries. If a commercial driver creates a hazardous condition on the road that injures someone else, for example, the commercial driver may be liable. Under Georgia law, moreover, certain family members can bring a wrongful death claim when they lose a loved one to an accident caused by a truck driver’s careless actions.
If you file your negligence claim in a timely manner, you may be able to get compensation from the at-fault party. Types of damages that you can consider pursuing include medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. In wrongful death actions, you may be able to recover different types of damages such as the loss of the deceased person’s earning capacity, funeral expenses, and emotional distress. If the truck driver acted in an extremely careless or reckless manner, you may be able to pursue punitive damages as well.Diligent Representation in Marietta Truck Accident Cases
At Miller Legal Services, truck crash attorney Norman Miller will fight aggressively to seek the compensation you deserve. With years of experience, we understand the art of negotiating a fair settlement for our clients. However, if necessary, we will advocate for your rights in the courtroom. If you’ve been injured because of a truck driver driving in an unsafe manner, you should talk to an attorney who can help you assess your legal options. We proudly serve clients throughout Georgia, including in Marietta, Roswell, and Smyrna. Please give us a call us at 770-284-3727 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.