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Winter Weather and Truck Accidents

If you or a loved one is involved in a truck accident, you may be able to make a claim for monetary damages. An Atlanta, Georgia truck accident lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can help you to understand and enforce your legal rights. Give us a call today to learn more.

Winter Weather Causes Truck Accidents
According to the Southeast Regional Climate Center, the average annual snowfall in Atlanta, Georgia was 2.1 inches. Snow is not the only type of bad winter weather either. Drivers in Atlanta, Georgia may need to contend with fog, freezing rain or hail. Bad winter weather can make the roads slick and visibility difficult and can increase the risk of an accident occurring.

Unfortunately, large trucks and commercial vehicles can be especially susceptible to winter-weather accidents because trucks already have a longer stopping distance than cars and are more top-heavy and thus more likely to tip over when they lose traction.

When a truck accident happens as a result of bad winter weather, the driver of the truck as well as other motorists on the road can all be seriously harmed by the wreck. If the crash happened because the truck driver was negligent in failing to drive safely under current road conditions, then the accident victims may be able to take legal action.

Causes of Truck Accidents in Winter Weather
Truck drivers are expected to drive in a reasonably safe way under all weather conditions. This means that if it is snowing, raining, foggy or the current weather is otherwise making the roads more dangerous, the driver is expected to respond appropriately. This could mean slowing down his speed or increasing the following distance. In some cases, it could also mean stopping the vehicle and waiting for the weather to clear.

When a truck driver fails in his obligation to drive safely and takes careless risks, then a winter-weather accident can occur and cause injuries including spinal cord damage, brain injuries, broken bones or even death.

An Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you or a loved one is involved in a truck accident and you believe the driver caused the crash through his negligence, an Atlanta, Georgia truck accident lawyer can help.

Your attorney can assist you with gathering evidence from the accident scene, from witnesses and from experts about how the crash happened. We can help you to prove the truck driver did not drive in a safe way in light of the winter weather, and that his negligence was a cause of your accident.

Our Atlanta, Georgia truck accident lawyers will not only help you to file a claim against the truck driver who caused your accident but will also assist you in understanding if others could be held responsible such as the trucking company that employs the driver.

You have only a limited amount of time to file a claim to receive compensation for losses caused by a winter-weather truck accident, so don't hesitate to take action. Contact the Atlanta, Georgia truck accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., today at (404) 991-5950 for more information on your case or about how our experienced and caring attorneys can help you.  

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