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Trucking Accidents – Just Not The Same

Each year more than 300,000 car crashes involve large commercial trucks and buses according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA also reports that almost 4,000 lives are lost each year in these crashes.

The impact of collision with a large commercial truck or bus is undoubtedly much more severe than with another passenger vehicle. Commercial vehicles have a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of more than 10,001 lbs due to their size. Semi-trailers can carry a GVWR of more than 26,000 lbs. The GVWR is the limit a vehicle may be loaded, including passengers and cargo. For comparison, a Honda Civic has a GVWR of about 4,500 lbs. The damage of being struck by another vehicle carrying two to five times the weight of your vehicle can be catastrophic.

While commercial vehicle are significantly larger in size and carry more weight, pursuing a claim for injuries or property damage caused by a collision with a commercial vehicle is not comparable to a claim against a driver of a passenger vehicle.

Because of the large GVWR of commercial vehicles, commercial drivers are governed by strict federal and Georgia laws. Violations of these laws can be used to support a victim’s personal injury claim. Further, knowledge of the laws and the standard record keeping procedures will help a victim to obtain the documentation he may need to receive a fair value for his injuries. A victim injured in a trucking accident should have an attorney that is familiar with the intricacies and laws regarding commercial vehicle drivers.

To ensure you receive the full recovery your family deserves, you should contact an experienced Georgia’s personal injury lawyer. Contact Georgia’s injury team, Terance Madden, at 770-978-6711. Visit our law firm website: Turning Injury To Cash.

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