Truck Accidents

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The Myth of the Frivolous Lawsuit

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.

Who Can I Sue for Truck Accident Injuries?

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.

Infographic: Leading Causes of Truck Accidents

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.

Truck Accidents and Cellphone Use

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.

Who Can be Held Liable for Damages in a Truck Accident?

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.

What do Truckers and Uber Drivers Have in Common?

A new study, published in USA Today, suggests that some Uber drivers are operating their vehicles for upwards of 16 hours without rest. Low wages, heavy competition, and company incentives may be driving this dangerous trend, though the company reports that only 7% of its drivers work more than 50 hours a week. Uber has no policy regarding the number of hours a driver can work each week. The company does suggest, however, that all reports of fatigued driving are investigated and handled internally.

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