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Rural Truck Accidents

Trucking accidents can be some of the most dangerous or deadly of all car wrecks. If you or a loved one was hurt in a truck accident, the Atlanta, Georgia truck accident attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., can help you to take legal action. Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation.

Dangers of Rural Truck Accidents
According to the American Trucking Association, 80 percent of communities throughout the United States receive the majority of their products and goods by truck. Many of these communities are serviced exclusively or primarily by trucks because they are smaller local communities that are not located near to airports or major shipping hubs.

Unfortunately, as trucks move through communities to deliver goods or to get to their destinations, the trucks present a danger on the roadways. Truck accidents can happen anywhere, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that as many as 64 percent of all car wrecks involving large trucks occur in rural areas and on rural roads.

Drivers on back country roads or quiet local roads may not expect to see a truck in their midst and may not be aware of the fact that large tractor trailers and big rigs routinely travel through rural areas where they present a serious accident risk.

Causes of Rural Truck Accidents
There are a lot of different reasons why most truck accidents happen on rural roads rather than on city roads or highways. Some of the factors that contribute to the high number of car wrecks are related to the rural roads themselves, while others are caused by driver behavior.

For example, the Mid-American Transportation Center indicates that truck accidents may be more likely on rural roads because the road shoulders are often narrow and unpaved and because country roads in rural areas often have steep side slopes that a truck could careen off of.   Rural roads are also more likely than highways to be very curvy and often have fixed obstacles around the curves such as nearby fences or trees.  Large trucks can have difficulty navigating around these curves, increasing the chances of a crash occurring.

Driver behavior also plays an important role in increasing the risk of truck accidents on rural roads. Truck drivers may be more likely to speed on quieter and emptier country roads. These drivers may also be more likely to be distracted by a GPS or navigation device guiding them through unfamiliar rural roads than they would be on a straight highway that they may have driven many times.

An Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you or a loved one is involved in a truck accident on a rural road, it is important to determine if the truck driver did anything wrongful or negligent in a way that led to your crash. If the driver made careless mistakes or broke safety rules, you may be able to take legal action not only against the driver but also against the trucking company that employs him.  A truck accident claim can make it possible for you to obtain compensation for medical costs; lost wages; pain and suffering; emotional distress; or the wrongful death of a family member.

To learn more about truck accident claims and for help obtaining compensation after your truck crash, contact the Atlanta, Georgia truck accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., today at (404) 991-5950 or use our online contact form to schedule your free consultation.

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