Massive commercial trucks are integral parts of a modern economy that depends on the quick, reliable transportation of goods from one point to another, distant point. However, these trucks also pose unique dangers to other drivers.
Our Atlanta, Marietta, Savannah and Macon area truck accident lawyers at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC have seen how negligence and misconduct on the part of truck drivers, trucking companies and cargo companies can hurt innocent people.
Auto accidents are often devastating. But the massive size of these commercial trucks means these wrecks are ferocious and, too often, result in serious injuries and death.
Can I Sue for Being Hit by a Semi-Truck?
When you are involved in an accident with a semi-truck, you may be entitled to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and personal pain and suffering through a truck accident lawsuit. The best way to learn if you are eligible to sue is through a one-on-one consultation with an experienced truck accident lawyer.
In Georgia, one particularly dangerous stretch for truck drivers and motorists is I-75. Interstate 75 (I-75) runs north to south along the US 41 corridor on the western side of the state, passing through the cities of Valdosta, Macon, and Atlanta. In downtown Atlanta, I-75 joins with I-85 as the Downtown Connector. If you're a resident of Savannah, Macon, or Atlanta, Georgia and you are in need of an attorney experienced in truck accident litigation, please call Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC today at 404-760-7400 for a free consultation.
Exceptional Complexity of truck accident claims
The essential truth of truck accident litigation is that it is often quite complex. Truck accident cases involve state laws, federal regulations, insurance companies and countless variables. It's the knowledge of these variables and the appropriate laws that make our truck accident lawyers so invaluable to you at this difficult time.
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Truck accidents differ from car accidents in myriad ways. Three of the most significant are:
- Truck accidents are typically more injurious and often deadly
- The damages sought in truck accidents is commonly much higher than in car accidents
- There are often multiple parties involved
Each accident is unique. How your accident has and will continue to impact your life is something you alone are forced to deal with. Talk to an attorney about your rights and your options today.
Driver fatigue Causing Accidents
Truck drivers who transport goods and supplies are rewarded for their work on the basis of the amount of goods hauled and/or by miles — not by hours worked. They are therefore motivated to drive as fast and far as they can in order to make more money. Truck driver fatigue can happen because of the following:
- Some truckers drive more hours than what is allowed by state and federal laws.
- Some truckers keep dual log books: an official one with contrived data and the other telling the truth — but not intended for review by others.
- Truckers are required to keep their log books for a certain amount of time. Waiting too long to begin an investigation puts access to the log book at risk.
Operating a massive commercial truck is an enterprise that requires a driver's full attention. It also requires quick reflexes and an agile mind. Tragically, these are often lacking, not because the driver is incapable of possessing them, but because he or she is too fatigued to display them. Responsibility for these accidents lies on the driver, but it also lies on the trucking companies, which too often force drivers to operate their vehicles at dangerous and unpredictable levels of exhaustion.
Who is Responsible for My Truck Accident?
Without accident reconstruction and similar techniques, it may be very difficult to tell who is responsible for a truck accident. Your attorney may choose to work with various professionals who can pour over accident reports and police records while recreating the scene to determine liability. In many truck accident cases, this is shared by multiple parties including the trucker and his or her employer.
Failure to maintain a truck properly
The Georgia Department of Transportation, the Federal Government, and other state governments and agencies have specific rules and regulations that are supposed to maximize the safety of trucks on the road. Cars and trucks share many miles of streets and highways, and in the interest of public safety, a truck driver is expected to ensure that the following are maintained and inspected:
- Load strapping
After a truck accident in which someone is injured or killed, a detailed inspection will be initiated by the DOT. A vigilant truck accident lawyer watching out for the rights and well-being of injury victims will keep a close watch on that government investigation, but will also launch an investigation of his own. Failure to maintain the truck according to regulations is a clear case of negligence by the driver and other responsible parties such as the driver's employer or the truck's owner. Often an experienced attorney can prove that the failure to maintain the truck according to the law was the cause of the crash.
intoxicated truck drivers Causing Truck Accidents
Everyone is at danger when a commercial truck driver is operating his vehicle under the influence of drugs. Drivers know this and still use. Trucking companies know this and set aggressive schedules, often looking the other way when it comes to drug abuse. Our Atlanta truck accident lawyers know this isn't acceptable. We will fight for you and the compensation you deserve if you've been hurt by an intoxicated truck driver- and that includes pursuing all avenues of compensation, no matter where they might lead.
What Should I do at The Scene of a Truck Accident?
If you are able to take action on the scene of a truck accident: gather the vehicle information, driver’s license, insurance, and contact information of all involved drivers. Gather the contact information of any witnesses. Take pictures of the scene from multiple angles. Cooperate with emergency personnel.
Do not, under any circumstances, suggest that the accident was your fault. You cannot know this for certain before a full and thorough investigation has been completed.
why you should choose our experienced georgia truck accident attorneys
Here's what we urge you to keep in mind as you consider a legal claim as a result of your truck accident:
- Experience is vital: This is true in every area of law, of course, but experience is crucial in truck accident cases. There are a bevy of complicated legal, technical and medical issues in play during most truck accident cases, and you don't want a lawyer who is trying to learn on the job.
- Liability might not be where you think it is: Fault in a typical car accident is usually pretty simple- with some notable exceptions, it lies with one of the drivers. Liability in a truck accident is much more complicated. The fault might lie not with the truck driver, but with a trucking company or cargo company hundreds of miles away.
- There are a number of laws and regulations to consider: Trucking companies have to adhere to state and federal laws, as well as regulations from different agencies. A failure to adhere to these regulations can be devastating. You want to ensure that your lawyer has enough experience to fully understand all relevant laws and regulations.
- A professional investigation is incredibly important: With all of this in mind, you can see how important a thorough, professional timely investigation into the nature of the accident really is. Our lawyers know how to analyze an accident and work with experts to determine its true cause.
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Accidents involving large commercial trucks are often devastating. The injuries suffered are often catastrophic. Our Atlanta truck accident lawyers know what you're going through, and will work tirelessly on your behalf to get you the justice you deserve.
While liability may seem obvious in some of those circumstances, it is often quite complex. Drivers often operate their vehicles while fatigued in an effort to meet unrealistic schedules set by their employers. That also explains why they drive under the influence and behave recklessly on the road.
These accidents have devastating consequences for their victims. Traumatic brain injuries are tragically common results of wrecks involving large commercial trucks. But regardless of your specific injury, the ensuing medical expenses are usually substantial.
Our firm's truck accident lawyers will bring their unique experience and expertise to your accident. We will also bring a passionate commitment to the cause of justice that has been proven time and time again in the courtroom and the negotiating room.
Do You Have a Case?
If you've been hurt in an Atlanta, Savannah, or Macon, Georgia-area trucking accident, you should speak to our lawyers as soon as possible. Please contact Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC for a free consultation. Call us today at 404-760-7400.
We maintain two offices in Atlanta. We serve Columbus, Augusta, Savannah, Decatur, and all surrounding areas of Georgia.