Improper Truck Lane Usage A Primary Cause of Truck Accidents
In Georgia, it’s not uncommon to open a newspaper or turn on a local news station and hear about a truck accident involving a Georgia-based company, especially large-scale businesses like Walmart of Federal Express, whose drivers are on the roadway every day of the week. Statistically speaking, the number of Walmart truck accidents and Federal Express truck accidents may not be all that surprising to those who have never been accident victims, and both companies have good safety track records overall. But for those who have experienced the devastating effects of an accident involving a large truck, all it takes is one accident to change lives forever.
Trucks and Lane Usage: Georgia Law
Lane drift is one of the primary causes of truck accidents in Georgia and throughout the U.S. In Georgia as in many other states, the law on lane usage by trucks with six or more wheels is clear: The leftmost lane of any multilane roadway is reserved for passing other vehicles or making a left turn, and when a truck uses the leftmost lane as a regular driving lane, it’s in violation of Georgia law Section 40-6-52. The only exception is when the state Department of Transportation decides to allow use of another lane by trucks, and in those cases, the state will use signs to designate that use.
How Lane Usage Accidents Occur
There are many reasons why trucks may cross unsafely into another traffic lane. In some cases, slick roadways or poor visibility due to weather can make lane drift difficult to avoid. But for other truck accidents, there’s often another factor at play: Many truck drivers are under pressure to make specific delivery deadlines; in fact, a surprising number of companies reward their drivers for early arrivals. As a result, some drivers may drive recklessly to make delivery deadlines, or more commonly, they may go without sleep for long periods of time, resulting in drowsiness and even outright sleeping behind the wheel. Many drivers “make time” by eating meals while driving, a common cause of distracted driving-related accidents.
No matter what causes a truck accident, one thing remains true: Trucks are massive and heavy, and the results of an accident involving a truck can be far more substantial than one involving another car. Making sure accident victims are compensated requires the skill of an experienced truck accident lawyer.
Ga. Truck Accident Attorney
At the Law Offices of Roger Ghai, our legal knowledge, experience and excellent record of personal injury case outcomes have made us one of the most well-respected truck accident and personal injury law firms in the Kennesaw area. As a leading Kennesaw truck accident lawyer, Roger Ghai provides the skilled counsel and guidance accident victims need to make sure they get the compensation they deserve for their accident-related injuries and other costs like lost wages and pain and suffering. If you’ve been in a truck accident in Georgia, you owe it to yourself to have the best representation possible. Call the Law Offices of Roger Ghai today at (770) 792-1000 and learn how our firm can help.