Steering Clear of Trucking Accidents through Memorial Day

A study conducted by the National Coalition for Safer Roads suggests that Memorial Day weekend is the most dangerous of the year. During this time, residents and visitors will be jumping in their vehicles and heading out for long weekend vacations.

Unfortunately, there will also be a lot of commercial vehicles out there trying to make their deadlines. When tractor-trailers share the roadways with our passenger vehicles, serious accidents occur. These commercial drivers will also be pushing hard to get home for the holidays, or setting out to make up for lost time after the weekend.

According to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were close to 4,000 people killed in traffic accidents that involve a large vehicle in 2013. These accidents have actually been on the rise in recent years. So, lookout! In addition to all of these fatalities, there were also another 95,000 people injured in these kinds of accidents.

Our Atlanta trucking accident lawyers understand that many of these accidents could have been prevented if drivers were more careful when sharing the road with these dangerous vehicles. Unfortunately, it’s the occupants of passenger vehicles who are more likely to be injured and killed in the event of an accident with one of these larger vehicles. We stand virtually no chance against the size, weight and power of these commercial trucks.

Tips for Driving Near Large Trucks,:

  • Avoid cutting off these vehicles. When you pass a large truck, look for the front of the truck in your rearview mirror before you pull in front on it.
  • Make sure you’ve always got your seat belt buckled — properly. Seat belts are your number one defense against injury or death in the event of an accident.
  • Avoid driving in a trucker’s blind spots. These are the areas around the truck in which a driver cannot see. Your best bet is to remember that if you can’t see the driver, then the driver cannot see you.
  • Keep 100 percent of your attention on the road. Put down the cell phones and the text messaging devices when you’re in the driver’s seat. It only takes a split second for a fatal accident to happen, and you need every second you’ve got to avoid it.
  • Avoid drinking and driving. These kinds of accidents account for about a third of all traffic fatalities recorded every year. And it’s these accidents that are completely preventable. Stay sober and stay alive.

About Richard Hendrix

Richard W. Hendrix is a former state and federal prosecutor who has more than 30 years of experience in complex civil and criminal litigation. He has also served as a mediator in Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR).

Since joining Finch McCranie in 1985, Mr. Hendrix has built an extensive litigation practice focusing on wrongful death and serious personal injury cases as well as federal white collar criminal defense cases. He has successfully represented injured parties in personal injury cases throughout the state of Georgia. Mr. Hendrix has also effectively defended business and individuals, including a former US Congressman, against indictments and grand jury investigations. In 2006 and 2008-2012, he was selected to Georgia Super Lawyers.

He is admitted to practice in Georgia and South Carolina. Mr. Hendrix is licensed to appear before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the District of South Carolina as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Fifth Circuit, and Eleventh Circuit.

From 1979-1985, Mr. Hendrix served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. He was also Associate Independent Counsel for the investigation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1991-1992.

Mr. Hendrix graduated with cum laude honors from Davidson College and he received his law degree from Emory University. Since 1992, Mr. Hendrix has been an Adjunct Professor of Litigation at Georgia State University College of Law. He is also a Master of the Bench with the Lamar American Inn of Court where he works to enhance the professional, ethics and skills of the legal community.

Mr. Hendrix has also authored numerous articles including: “High Speed Police Chases and Injured Innocent By-Standers,” The Verdict (Summer, 2015) “Tolling the Statute of Limitations in Tort Cases for Victims of a Crime,” The Verdict (Fall, 2007); “A Refresher On the Federal Tort Claims Act,” The Verdict (Winter, 1999); “Rule 16 and the Jencks Act: A Need for Legal Reform,” Calendar Call (Winter, 1996); “Corporate Criminal Liability: The Need for Effective Compliance Programs,” South Carolina Lawyer (March/April, 1993); “Crossing State Lines in Wrongful Death Actions: Traps for the Unwary,” The Verdict (Fall, 1990); and “White Collar Crime: New Tools for Prosecution,” The Atlanta Lawyer (Summer, 1986)