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keep-calm-and-shhhhhThe period immediately following an accident often sets the tone for the insurance claim process.  Though the claims adjuster representing the other party’s insurance company may seem friendly, their primary concern is saving their company money while protecting the individual they insure.  During the claims process the adjuster can use your statements, actions, and behavior against you making it difficult to receive compensation.  Being aware of what not to say after an accident may reduce your chances of doing something that compromises your case.

Avoid Apologizing for the Accident

Immediately following a vehicle accident it is not unusual for drivers to apologize to the owner of the other vehicle.  Even if the other driver is at fault, it is considered common courtesy apologize especially when speaking to someone who is physically injured.  Unfortunately, telling the other driver or the individuals occupying their vehicle that you are sorry may be construed as an admission of fault.  While you will need to talk to the other party in order to exchange insurance information and other details, do not apologize for the accident even if you secretly believe that you were partly responsible.

truck regulations prevent accidents
Those who operate commercial vehicles are governed by a completely different set of regulations than those who carry a regular Driver’s License. As intimidating as commercial vehicles might be, they are a necessity in today’s growing society. They transport produce, haul gravel and asphalt, and even are responsible for delivering packages and other vehicles. The list goes on and on when discussing the ways in which commercial vehicles are utilized. As you drive along the highway you find yourself in between two large commercial tractor trailers, scary, right? You wonder whether they see you switching lanes or whether they see you at all. Something else to think about is whether the driver has slept for an adequate amount of time. Not a normal question to ask a fellow motorist, right? As uncommon as that inquiry may be, it is very relevant and important when it has been reported that out of the 4,000 individuals that died in large truck crashes, 13 percent of the drivers involved were fatigued.

Fatigued Driving

Fatigued driving is defined as operation of a motor vehicle while you are tired and/or sleepy. Driving while you are in a state of exhaustion has the potential to bring about serious injury. Driving while you are fatigued increases the chance that your driving skills are impaired. Due to irritability you may begin driving erratically, reaction time may be weakened, or your judgment may become affected. It is best to get adequate rest when in operation of a vehicle because an exhausted driver is as dangerous as an intoxicated one.

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Have you ever heard the saying “Share the Road.” Usually this is interpreted as an urge for motorists to be considerate to those traveling the roads alongside them. The types of vehicles that should be given much consideration are those that have the potential to bring about much damage, such as, tractor trailers, buses, and dump trucks. Have you ever driven beside an 18-wheeler and you are not sure whether they see you and you quickly accelerate? What about the instances when that same type of truck is tailing you on the freeway? Doesn’t that make you the least bit nervous?

Recently, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration petitioned to implement an innovative type of software that would be installed automatically in all new commercial vehicles that weigh 10,000 pounds or more. F-CAMs or forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking systems are equipped with the technology that will notify the driver when they are in close proximity of becoming involved in an accident. The system will allow sufficient time for the driver to brake on their own. However, in the event the driver fails to do so the system will activate a “follow-up” system, a Collision Mitigation Braking System or CMB that will take over operation of the entire vehicle and begin minimizing speed on its own. Advocates suggest that this mandate will significantly decrease the rate of death and injury involving large commercial vehicles. According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 691 large truck occupants were killed in 2013. While 2,834 other vehicle occupants were killed in accidents involving large trucks that same year. Although the technology is not able to prevent all accidents involving large trucks, they will mitigate the most common type which are vehicles that are rear-ended by these large trucks. F-CAM software is offered by most commercial dealers at an option. Advocates believe this mandate will ensure greater public safety and fewer fatalities. Out of the 3 million commercial vehicles on the road, it has been reported that only 3 percent of them are utilizing F-CAMS.

The new safety precautions will be welcomed in the State of Georgia, where the state ranks in the top five for area where the fatality rate involving commercial trucks is at its highest. In 2014, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reported 16,000 injuries and 157 deaths. In effort to combat the growing problem, Gov. Nathan Deal made the announcement that extra law enforcement will be appointed to police areas that have been described as “high crash corridors.” These areas exist near and around both Interstate 16 and 95.

Safe Driving Tips For Truck Drivers

Are truck drivers trained on safety before they get out on the road? The answer is that most companies require their truck drivers to go through safety training.  One of the common training methods is to develop what we call the “Five Seeing Habits.” These are driving tips that stress the importance of space and visibility when driving tractor trailers. They may seem awkward but with practice you can easily use them into your every day driving.

An easy way many truck drivers remember the habits are  by remembering “ All Good Kids Like Milk”.  An acronym for Aim High in Steering, Get the Big Picture, Keep Your Eyes Moving, Leave Yourself an Out, Make Sure They See You. Ok, now give it a try and be a safer driver.

Securing Compensation for Bus Related Injuries

While many passengers see bus transportation as a safe alternative to cars, the fact is that many bus accidents occur every year, and 15 out of every 19 accidents are due to avoidable error on the part of the bus driver. In other cases, bus accidents may be due to improper maintenance, the lack of seat belts, or mechanical failures to systems such as the brake system.Unfortunately, due to the common lack of seat belts or other restraints, bus accidents are actually more likely to produce traumatic injuries, especially to the head and brain, than accidents involving passenger vehicles. For this reason, bus accidents have a higher rate of passenger fatalities than other forms of vehicular accidents and can require the services of a skilled Atlanta bus injury attorney.

Types of Bus related Transportation and Bus Accidents

Since January 1, 2010, HB160 has been the law of the land, and especially the highways, in Georgia. This law is known as the Super Speeder law, and anyone who violates it is designated a Super Speeder, and is subject to a $200 fine. If you ask an Atlanta speeding accident lawyer, he or she will probably tell you that the Georgia Super Speeder Law is a good thing. Attorneys know that Georgia averages one death in which speeding was a factor every day. They will also tell you that the trauma care costs due to speeders are tremendous. Vehicle crashes account for 69 percent of the people admitted to trauma care hospitals. Fees collected from Super Speeders will help fund these hospitals. Hopefully, Super Speeder fees will also save lives by getting people to slow down.

The Consequences of Super Speeding

You should consult with a state official or an Atlanta speeding accident attorney if you need specific information, but in general the Super Speeder law applies to anyone caught speeding at over 75 miles per hour on any two-lane road, or 85 miles per hour anywhere. The Super Speeder fee is $200. This fee is paid to the Department of Driver Services (DDS). This is a state fee, and is in addition to any fines or other penalties imposed by the municipality in which the speeding occurred. This fee does not add points to your driver’s license.

Thousands of delivery trucks deliver millions of packages to people and businesses each day. Unfortunately, this means that accidents involving deliver trucks happen fairly regularly. Most of the time, damage is minor in nature, such as scratches or dents, but sometimes, serious injuries do occur.

Our experienced Georgia deliver truck accident attorneys are extremely knowledgeable in liability cases involving deliver trucks such as FedEx, UPS, freight shipping trucks, and service trucks.

We understand that many accidents happen because these companies put so much pressure on their drivers to deliver as many packages as possible. It is understandable, the more packages they deliver, the more money the company makes. However, all this pressure sometimes forces drivers to make poor driving decisions. Ultimately, these poor decisions are the direct cause of a large majority of delivery truck accidents.

Thousands of American businesses and people rely on FedEx for the transportation and delivery of goods each day. Normally, products are delivered on time and unharmed by FedEx. However, due to the large number of FedEx trucks on the market, accidents involving FedEx, UPS or other delivery trucks are not an uncommon thing. Here are a few recent serious incidents involving FedEx trucks:

– In March of 2009, a FedEx truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and collided with two other trucks, causing three people to be injured.

– In Orlando, FL, A FedEx truck collided with two tractor-trailers. This accident caused one fatality and several other people to be seriously injured.

Tractor Trailers represent an incredibly important way to transport goods throughout the United States. Every time a truck driver enters his truck, he takes a huge risk that he might not come home. With the sheer amount of trucks on the road, accidents are bound to happen. There are two types of truck accidents: trucking accidents with a collision and non-collision accidents such as jackknifing and rollovers.  Below is some information on non-collision accidents involving trucks.

Atlanta Area Jackknifing Accident Attorneys

Technical Services says that there are normally three breaks in a tractor trailer: the steering axle brakes, the drive axle brakes, and the trailer axle brakes. If the steering axle breaks lock up, a truck driver cannot steer and the truck will move straight regardless of the wheel angle of the truck. If the truck’s axle breaks lock up, the truck will jackknife. If the trailer axle breaks lock up, the trailer will swing and lower the stability of the truck.