Every 16 minutes, somebody is killed or injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer, or semi-truck.
Georgia sees a great deal of tractor trailer traffic and thus many large truck accidents. Following are Georgia tractor trailer accident statistics:
Georgia Fatal Truck Accidents per year: 200+
Georgia Non-Fatal Truck Accidents per year: 5,200+
Georgia Truck Accident Locations: 57% rural, 33% urban
Georgia’s Largest Trucking Companies:
– B-H Transfer Co.
– Colonial Cartage Corporation
– Energy Dispatch, LLC
– Hills Transport, Inc.
– Howard Sheppard, Inc.
– Kennesaw Transportation, Inc.
– Nationwide Southeast, Inc.
– Southern AG Carriers, Inc.
– Southern Freight, Inc.
– Transus Intermodal, LLC
50% of the tractor trailer accidents in Georgia involve out-of-state carrier companies.
In the United States as a whole, there are around 500,000 annual trucking accidents, and approximately 5,000 of them result in fatalities.
68% of fatal accidents occur in rural areas; 66% occur during the daytime; and 78% occur on weekdays.
27% of all tractor trailer drivers in accidents had at least one previous speeding conviction.
From 1992 to 2002, the number of tractor trailers involved in fatal wrecks increased by 10%. Each year, about 700 tractor trailer truck drivers an passengers in the truck cab die, compared to about 4,000 passengers of other vehicles involved in collisions with big rigs.
1 out of 3 trucks fail roadside inspections.
Speeding was a factor in 22% of fatal crashes involving a large truck.
Driver fatigue causes 30% to 40% of truck accidents.
19% of truck drivers admit that they’ve fallen asleep at the wheel in the previous month.
64% of truck drivers admit to falsifying hours in their service logs.
There are 3.5 million truck drivers operating 1.9 million tractor trailers.
There are over 360,000 trucking companies in the U.S.
Tractor trailer drivers must abide by many federal and state regulations. The federal regulations may be found in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (49 C.F.R. §§ 350-399), which govern all interstate traffic. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations are extensive and often confusing.
If you’ve been injured in a tractor trailer wreck, or if you’ve lost a loved one, you must find an experienced attorney who is familiar with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Your attorney should also have the time, interest, and resources necessary to take on your case.
MLN Law provides caring, aggressive representation for victims of large truck accidents. We’ll explore all options to get you the compensation you deserve.
You should hire an attorney immediately so that he can begin to secure evidence. The trucking companies will have “go teams” at the scene of the accident within hours. Often times, evidence can disappear or become lost if your attorney does not act quickly.
To schedule your free consultation, call MLN Law at (404) 531-9700. The longer you wait, the weaker your case becomes. Call now, and let us go to work for you. We’ll stand up to the insurance companies and trucking companies to make sure you get fair compensation.