Large commercial trucks speeding down the interstate or the highway are an unfortunately common sight throughout Georgia and the rest of the United States. While many of us have been known to drive a few miles per hour over the posted speed limit, it’s against the law, and it puts everyone at risk—especially when you’re behind the wheel of an 80,000-pound vehicle that’s several times the size of most other cars and trucks on the road.
Despite these dangers, truck drivers continue to speed on a regular basis. The reasons truckers speed can vary from trying to stay on schedule to sheer boredom, but regardless of their reasons, one thing remains the same—when speeding truck drivers cause injuries to other people, victims can typically recover compensation for their injuries. For this reason, if a speeding driver has injured you, you should speak to a truck accident attorney in Gwinnett County as soon as you can.
What are the Dangers of a Speeding Truck?
Speeding is so commonplace it’s easy to forget just how dangerous it really is. Engineers design roadways with a specific speed limit in mind, and exceeding that speed limit can significantly increase the risk of a serious accident. Some of the reasons that it’s extremely dangerous for anyone to speed include the following:
- The faster a vehicle is moving, the longer it takes to stop.
- When drivers speed, they have less time to react to obstacles or dangerous situations that may suddenly arise.
- Many truck tires are built to sustain a maximum speed of 75 miles-per-hour, and exceeding this speed can increase the risk of a blowout, which can, in turn, lead to a serious accident.
- When vehicles speed, they are harder to control. In fact, speed is a significant factor in many commercial trucking rollover accidents.
Protecting Your Rights after a Commercial Truck Accident
As a truck accident victim, protect your rights after a crash. Here are some of the things you can do to maximize your chances of recovering all of the compensation to which you are legally entitled:
- Make sure you call the police and that they investigate the cause of the accident.
- Seek medical attention and undergo a thorough evaluation conducted by a healthcare professional, even if you do not think you are seriously injured. It’s important to develop official documentation of your injuries for any insurance or legal claim you may file.
- Do not discuss your accident with the insurance company until you have spoken to an attorney.
- Retain a qualified lawyer as soon as you can.
Call Brauns Law, PC, Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation With a Gwinnett County Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have suffered an injury in an accident caused by a speeding trucker, there’s a strong chance that you are entitled to compensation under Georgia law. To schedule a free case evaluation with attorney David Brauns, call our office today at (404) 418-8244 or send us an email through our online contact form.