There are several differences between car and truck accidents. One of the largest is severity. Trucks are much larger and heavier than passenger vehicles. In an accident involving both, the occupants of the smaller vehicle are at heightened risk for serious, life threatening injury. This often makes the damages sought in trucking accident claims much larger than those in other motor vehicle accidents.
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A review of five years of collision data gathered by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia shows there is an average of 165 lives lost in truck accidents in our state every year. Georgia sees hundreds of accidents involving large trucks and commercial vehicles yearly and, while a handful result in fatal injury, many more result in serious or catastrophic injury.
Common truck accident injuries include:
Accidents involving two or more passenger vehicles are much different than accidents involving passenger vehicles and trucks. Accidents involving semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles are often fatal for the occupants of smaller vehicles. When not, they are typically much more injurious.
If you believe there are too many civil lawsuits in America, you are not alone. In fact. A recent poll found that 87% of Americans believe there are too many civil lawsuits, going so far as to call several of them “frivolous.” But here’s the problem: over the past 20 years, civil lawsuits have declined by 80%. And in this time, personal injury lawsuits have also helped save countless lives by holding negligent corporations accountable for their actions.
Truck accidents are often serious and the aftermath can be incredibly confusing. Here, we debunk five popular myths about truck accidents to help you better understand your options. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, the attorneys at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance are here to help.
There are significant differences between filing a car accident claim and filing one for a truck accident, not the least of which is determining liability. In a car accident, it can typically be established that one or more drivers contributed to the accident, but when a commercial vehicle is involved, even accidents that seem to be driver-caused may be much more complex.
Running just under 64 miles, I-285 is consistently named one of America’s deadliest stretches of road. While the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents varies from year to year, sometimes even dipping, I-285 is frequently listed among the top 10 most dangerous interstates.
Most of the leading causes of truck accidents are entirely avoidable, making these often-fatal accidents all the more tragic. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a truck accident, our Atlanta personal injury lawyers can help.
Call Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance at 404-948-4893 to schedule a free consultation and learn more. We serve Columbus, Decatur, Augusta, Savanah, and surrounding Georgia communities from our offices in Atlanta.
In 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration banned truck drivers from using handheld cellphones while driving. This regulation is in addition to cellphone laws already in place in various states and holds truckers accountable for cellphone use even in those states where no existing regulations exist. If you or a loved one have sustained an injury during an accident caused by a truck driver using a cellphone, you may be entitled to significant compensation.
When you are involved in a truck accident, there may be several parties who will be held responsible for your injuries. Each of these parties will likely have legal counsel and will certainly have insurance adjusters working to minimize any settlement you may be offered. This is but one reason you need an experienced and aggressive truck accident lawyer on your side as soon as possible following a collision with a larger vehicle.