Accidents involving commercial trucks on Georgia roads can have devastating consequences. Unfortunately, not all of these crashes can be prevented. Some factors render commercial truck accidents non-preventable.
What constitutes preventable truck accidents?
Often, when commercial truck accidents occur, it’s due to negligence. For example, if a trucker becomes distracted behind the wheel while using a cell phone or eating, it can increase the risk of a serious crash occurring. Truck drivers often become fatigued due to their long working hours. Many try to get to their destination as soon as possible and fail to take breaks to get rest. That, too, can result in a preventable commercial truck accident.
What constitutes non-preventable truck accidents?
Non-preventable truck accidents are those that could not be avoided. They are caused by factors that are unforeseen and not from anything the truck driver does. Non-preventable accidents can be caused by the following:
- A driver of another vehicle or the truck driver suffering a medical emergency such as a heart attack
- A vehicle incorrectly passing the truck from the right or at other blind spots
- Another vehicle striking the truck in the rear or side-rear
- A person deliberately jumping out in front of the truck in a suicide attempt
- A driver of another vehicle falling asleep at the wheel
- A driver of another vehicle becoming distracted behind the wheel
- An animal suddenly darting onto the road in front of the truck
- Debris suddenly littering the road due to infrastructure failure
- A driver of another vehicle failing to stop or slow down when necessary and hitting the truck
- A driver being under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- A vehicle traveling in the wrong direction or making an illegal turn or U-turn when it’s unsafe
Even if the accident was non-preventable, if you were involved in a crash with a truck, the effects can be life-changing. Protect your rights and your health.