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The Dangers of Tractor-Trailers

Two Georgia 18-wheeler accidents caught my eye in the news this week. One took place on Georgia Highway 88 and Ramsey Road. In an all too familiar scenario Dennis Neely of Hephzibah, Ga. drifted into the opposite lane and was hit head-on by a Pepsi-Cola delivery truck. By all appearances, he died instantly. By all appearances, the delivery truck was pretty much fine.

Another accident took place right here in Gwinnett County. Here, a tractor-trailer hauling flammables caught fire, and was completely destroyed within a very short period of time. The driver, and other motorists, fortunately got away unharmed, but the fact that such a fire occurred and developed so quickly that the vehicle was a total loss by the time the fire department showed up should give serious pause to any trucker hauling any potentially flammable load.

There was no information on what exactly had caused the fire, but 18 wheels of friction plus high outdoor temperatures plus who knows what conditions inside the trailer or under the hood can definitely spell trouble. Truckers commonly have safety checklists they are required by law to fulfill every time they hit the road, and this is why–to catch just as many potentially deadly situations as possible before they can happen. Tractor-trailers are uniquely dangerous vehicles inside and out.

Truck4.jpgAnd, of course, the most obvious way in which commercial trucks are uniquely dangerous is in their size. It is not uncommon for people to die when rear-ended by an 18-wheeler. What do you think happens when they are hit head-on by a tractor-trailer? Their car, at the very least, is unlikely to survive. So, statistically, are they.

Have you or a loved one been injured as the result of a truck driver’s negligence? We at The Law Offices of Charles Scholle, PC have many years of experience representing victims of tractor-trailer accidents. Please contact us today to learn more about how we can help you to get the compensation that you and your family deserve.