More than 5,300 accidents involving trucks and
other commercial vehicles occur on Georgia roads every year. From the dense
traffic on Interstate 75 near Atlanta, to the congestion on Interstate 95 along
Georgia's eastern border, to the thousands of miles of two-lane highways in the
state that carry trucks to points such as Savannah, Macon and Montgomery, truck
traffic is an everyday reality throughout Georgia. According to TruckInfo.net,
Georgia ranks among the top 5 states for the number of traffic accidents
involving commercial vehicles that occur every year. If you or a family member
has been affected by an accident with a tractor-trailer, semi-truck or other
big rig and you believe the driver of the commercial vehicle was at fault,
enlist the representation of an attorney with a track record of success in
truck accident litigation. Enlist the representation of Michael Leizerman, who
can evaluate the proper forum in which to file your action and work with local
lawyers when appropriate.
Michael Leizerman regularly engages in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in or near Georgia:
- Litigating Truck Collision Cases: “Rules,” “Reptiles,” & Experts Seminar, Atlanta (May 20, 2011)
Topic: Maximizing Damages In A Trucking Collision Case Using Rules, Reptiles, And Experts
- Litigating Truck Collision Cases College, Atlanta (October 9-12, 2009)
Topic: Discovery Presentation, SafeStat/CSA Presentation, Instructor
- Interstate Trucking Group of ATLA, Atlanta (July 20, 2002)
Topic: Punitive Damages In Large Truck Cases
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.
There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Athens may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.
The Georgia Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382, 383, 384, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, and 399 of the federal regulations.
For an overview of laws that affect trucks operating only in Georgia, visit our Georgia Trucking Laws page.
Your truck accident case may be larger than you think. My experience often enables me to maximize awards, well beyond what the co-counsel originally expected. My book Litigating Truck Accident Cases, published by West Publishing, is considered the definitive work on handling truck accident cases. Contact me if you are seeking co-counsel on your case.
Fatal Truck Accidents: 208 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 5,244 per year
Accident Locales: 57%(Rural), 33%(Urban)
Carrier Fact: 50% of Georgia's truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not Georgia.
In 92% of Georgia's truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.
Interstate 16: Also known as Georgia State Route 404, I-16 is contained entirely within Georgia and its 169 miles travel from Macon to Savannah.
Interstate 20: From Texas to South Carolina, I-20 stretches over 1,500 miles through America's great southeast. Its Georgia miles pass through Atlanta and Augusta.
Interstate 59: An important regional route, I-59 travels a total of 442 miles from Slidell, Louisana to Lookout Mountain Georgia, but spends very little time in the Peach State.
Interstate 75: As anyone who has travelled from the Great Lakes to Florida knows, I-75 is the main link between the two. Its 355 Georgia miles include the cities of Atlanta, Dalton, Macon, Marietta and Valdosta.
Interstate 85: 180 of I-85's 668 miles are contained within Georgia and pass through the cities of Auburn and Montgomery.
Interstate 95: From Miami to Maine, I-95 is a major north/south Interstate that spends only 113 of its miles in Georgia. They are important miles, however, as they include links with the thriving Georgia cities of Brunswick and Savannah.