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Trucking Companies Pressure Drivers into Dangerous Scenarios

By Butler Prather LLP on March 15, 2024

It requires an experienced driver with a clear head and a well-maintained vehicle to safely operate a semi-truck. When trucking companies push their drivers to the limit by forcing them to work long hours under unsafe and arduous conditions, it dramatically increases the chances that a collision will occur, and the true victim of one of these accidents could be you or someone you love.

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Understanding Trucking Regulations and Accident Liability

By Butler Prather LLP on February 25, 2024

A semi-truck is about 40 times bigger than a car. Crashes involving big rig trucks cause a high rate of fatalities and catastrophic injuries for people in other vehicles. That’s why it’s so important to prevent truck accidents. The trucking industry is regulated by state and federal laws. These rules are designed to ensure that trucks are properly maintained and safely loaded. There are also laws to make sure truckers are properly trained and don’t engage in unsafe activities, such as driving too many hours without taking a break or operating a truck while under the influence of drugs or…

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How Truck Accidents Are Different From Car Accidents

By Butler Prather LLP on February 15, 2024

If you suffered serious injuries in an accident involving a big rig truck, it’s challenging to get the compensation you deserve. That’s why you’ll want to find a personal injury lawyer with a proven track record of success in these cases.

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What Is a Tractor Trailer’s So-Called “Black Box”?

By Butler Prather LLP on January 5, 2024

Whenever an airplane crashes, you will hear reports in the media about efforts to recover the plane’s flight recorder, which is commonly referred to as the “black box.” A flight recorder contains crucial information about how the plane was operating at the time of the crash, and investigators use the flight recorder data to help determine what caused the crash.

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How Heavy Winds Cause Big Rig Truck Accidents

By Ramsey Prather on November 5, 2023

Because of their enormous size and awkward shape, big rig trucks are particularly susceptible to heavy winds. That’s why truck drivers must remain alert to the hazards of traveling through high-wind corridors. It’s also important for drivers and dispatchers to pay attention to local weather conditions when they plan their routes.

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How Amazon Trucks and Vans Cause Severe Injuries

By Ramsey Prather on October 20, 2023

Amazon is a very profitable business. The company makes over 1.6 million deliveries in America every day, shipping over $7 billion packages throughout the world each year. In a recent year, they generated almost $470 billion in sales. The key to Amazon’s success is fast shipping. When surveyed, over 80 percent of Amazon customers said that free and fast shipping was the number one reason why they chose the company, but this puts a heavy burden on their drivers.

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The Top 4 Causes of Fatal Truck Accidents

By Ramsey Prather on July 10, 2023

A truck driver yawns while driving.

A fully loaded big rig truck weighs about 20 times as much as the average passenger car. With so much mass, a truck has a devastating impact when it crashes. Most fatalities in semi-truck collisions are occupants of smaller vehicles. In fact, 83 percent of the people killed in truck accidents are motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and people traveling in regular motor vehicles.

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Big Rig Braking Practices That Prevent Tragedies

By Ramsey Prather on May 31, 2023

A red truck runs on a mountain road. 3d render and illustration.

A fully loaded big-rig truck weighs over 40 tons. Under the best circumstances, trucks are awkward, bulky, and difficult to stop. And when a truck crashes into a pedestrian, a motorcycle, or a regular passenger vehicle, it causes devastating injuries and fatalities.

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Unsafe Trucking Industry Practices Can Cause Serious Injuries

By Butler Prather LLP on May 15, 2023

A commercial truck, especially one loaded with cargo, can weigh tens of thousands of pounds.  When a commercial truck crashes into pedestrians, motorcycles, or regular passenger vehicles, devastating injuries and fatalities can result.

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4 Parties Who May be Liable in a Trucking Accident

By Butler Prather LLP on October 22, 2022

The aftermath of an accident with a larger commercial truck can be a chaotic and confusing experience. Individuals involved in these incidents often struggle to recover compensation from insurance carriers and the trucking company, but that should not be the case. Here, we want to discuss four different parties who may be held liable after a trucking accident occurred in Georgia. The Truck Driver One of the most obvious liable parties for a commercial truck accident is the driver. Commercial truck drivers are required to obtain and carry their commercial driver’s licenses, and they should be trained to operate each…

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