Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) March 08, 2012
UPS recently honored 48 drivers from Georgia for 25 years of accident-free driving. Given the large number of deadly truck crashes on the state’s roads, their accomplishment deserves applause, Atlanta truck accident attorney Bruce Millar said today.
The Atlanta personal injury attorneys of Millar’s law firm, Millar & Mixon, LLC, represent clients in negligence lawsuits. The firm has a background in helping victims of accidents involving trucks and other large commercial motor vehicles.
“It’s encouraging to see there are careful and responsible truck drivers in Georgia,” Millar said. “With so many large trucks on the road, it’s important for every driver to set a good example.”
The drivers recently were inducted into the Atlanta-based UPS’s “Circle of Honor.” The top safe Georgia driver in 2011 had logged 50 years and more than 4 million miles without an accident, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. There are 2,456 UPS drivers in Georgia, and 252 are members of the Circle of Honor, the newspaper said.
Overall, UPS’s 102,000 truck drivers log more than 3 billion miles on the road per year. They average less than one accident for every million miles driven, according to the Chronicle.
Millar said that the UPS track record can serve as a reminder to all truck drivers – and all motorists – to take every possible precaution to avoid accidents.
“The attorneys at our law firm see the tragic outcomes of Georgia truck accidents all too often,” the Atlanta trucking accident lawyer said. “Our goal is to help injured clients and victims’ families hold irresponsible drivers and companies responsible for their negligence.
“An equally important task is using the law to make sure the same types of accidents don’t keep happening.”
According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the percentage of fatal large truck accidents in the state in an average year is four times greater than those involving automobiles.
GDOT statistics also show there are more than 200 fatalities stemming from truck wrecks in the state each year. An estimated 5,000 people are injured annually.
Millar said the causes of truck accidents are generally the same as those involving cars and motorcycles.
“Speeding, distracted driving, drunk driving and other unsafe driving behavior can be deadly no matter what the vehicle,” he said. “However, truck accidents frequently cause the worst of the injuries because they outweigh other cars by thousands of pounds.”
He pointed out that an accident involving a tractor-trailer may also be the result of the company’s negligence, not just the truck driver’s.
For example, federal regulations set standards for how long truck drivers may remain behind the wheel per shift. Millar said profit-driven companies sometimes push their employees to bend the rules. This culture can cause crashes involving driver fatigue.
“Companies are also charged with maintaining their rigs properly and inspecting their tires, brakes and other equipment to ensure they are functioning properly,” Millar said. “But sometimes they cut corners. When an accident happens as a result, the injured party may have grounds to file a lawsuit.”
Because truck accidents involve both federal and state laws, Millar said it is important for accident victims to speak with a Georgia attorney with experience handling truck claims.
“Compensation can be essential for families to handle the costs of medical bills, lost wages and other expenses following a truck crash,” he explained. “A consultation with a lawyer can help them understand their legal options and how to attain the justice they deserve.”
About Millar & Mixon, LLC
The Atlanta personal injury law firm of Millar & Mixon, LLC, based in Atlanta, GA, focuses on representing persons injured in car, truck, motorcycle, bus and other motor vehicle accidents. The firm also handles DUI cases, slip and fall injuries and animal attacks and bites, among other personal injury claims. Since 1993 Atlanta attorney Bruce Millar has obtained judgments and settlements exceeding $60 million for his clients. The firm represents Georgia accident and injury clients throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and the state of Georgia, including Jonesboro, East Point, North Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Forest Park, College Park, Decatur, Roswell, Marietta, Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Riverdale. For more information, call (877) 475-7015 or contact the firm through its online form.