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What Are Common Causes & Factors In Accidents Between Commercial Trucks & Automobiles?

An accident between a commercial truck and an automobile in the state of Georgia can be a catastrophic event. The injuries tend to be more severe, and the damages worse. It is important to be aware of some of the common causes and factors of these accidents so that you can take every step possible to prevent them from occurring.

Were You Involved In An Accident Involving a Commercial Truck? We Can Help!

Of course, no matter how careful you are in Atlanta, accidents can still happen. The other guy on the road is always a concern, no matter what preventative steps you take. If you have done all you could to protect yourself and still became the victim of an accident, a truck accident lawyer can help.

Did you know you can demand additional damages if you can prove the other driver was driving while distracted or intoxicated? Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC has decades of experience helping clients get the justice they deserve.

Driver Error

Driver error is actually the most common cause of commercial truck accidents. When filing an accident claim, there are numerous actions the driver may have engaged in that would fall under the category of “driver error.” Some of these actions include:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted driving (texting, eating, etc.)
  • Speeding
  • Not allowing enough distance between the truck and other vehicles
  • Being unfamiliar with the local roads
  • A failure to check blind spots
  • Road rage
  • Driving while fatigued

Driving Under The Influence

Despite the fact that driving under the influence is a crime in the state of Georgia, DUIs still account for about a third of all fatal car accidents in the state. And while most commercial truck drivers drive safely, It is not unheard of for one of these drivers to occasionally be caught driving while under the influence.

This is not a comforting thought, that someone responsible for so many tons of metal, and its cargo, may be operating such a truck while drunk or high on drugs. If you were the victim of an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC can help.


Fatigue is another common and serious issue among commercial truck drivers. It is an issue among automobile drivers as well, but it is among the most common reasons for accidents involving commercial trucks. Sometimes a company gives a driver a more hectic schedule than he can manage. Other times, the driver will drive over and above his daily limit.

Either way, driving while fatigued is no good. In fact, it is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, though more people admit to driving while tired – and with many falling asleep behind the wheel.

Improper Loading

When cargo is loaded onto a commercial truck, it is crucial that those who are loading the cargo follow the specifications to the letter. If they put too much cargo on the truck, the truck will be heavier and more difficult to stop. If they don’t load the cargo correctly, the cargo can fall off and into the road, which can cause a host of problems.

As an automobile driver, it may be impossible for you to determine whether an improperly loaded truck caused the truck accident you were involved in. Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC can hire qualified experts to investigate your case and determine what caused the accident and the parties responsible.

Weather Conditions

Sometimes the weather is to blame as a common cause of truck accidents. While all drivers struggle to control their cars in icy or rainy weather, big rigs in particular become especially dangerous. Drivers must be on high alert, as it takes even longer for trucks to slow down on slippery roads. If a driver is off his guard even for just a second, he can be responsible for causing a severe accident.

Hiring A Personal Injury Lawyer

When it comes to filing a truck accident claim, we know you have options. Here at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC, we have a unique understanding of how complicated truck accidents can be. We do not rush through your case just to get you a settlement. We take the time to learn even the minutest details of our clients’ cases, and we have the resources available to investigate your claim properly and thoroughly.

If you would like to speak with one of our qualified lawyers, fill out the form to the right, or call us at (855) 329-7144. You will receive a free consultation with no obligation to retain us, so call today!