Commercial Vehicles and Trucking Accident Attorney
Georgia is a major hub for the trucking industry. At any given time, you will see tractor-trailers barreling down I-85, I-75, I-20, GA-400, and all over the streets of metro Atlanta. When one of these 80,000-lb trucks crashes into a passenger car, pedestrian, or motorcycle, the results are often catastrophic or deadly. In fact, in 2012, 24 people lost their lives in accidents involving large trucks in Georgia, according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. If you were in an accident with a large truck or commercial vehicle of any kind, please call us right away to review your case. Our law firm will ensure that your rights are protected and that you obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries.
What are some common causes of truck accidents?
Any number of factors can cause a truck accident. Drivers of passenger cars can contribute to trucking accidents by tailgating, riding in the truck’s blind spots, and simply by not paying attention. In many cases, the truck company’s or the truck driver’s carelessness or negligence causes the accident. Below are few of the most common causes that lead to trucking accidents:
- The driver was inadequately trained/did not have adequate maneuvering skills.
- The load was improperly secured.
- The driver was driving too fast for road conditions.
- The driver violated industry regulations
- There was a defect with a truck or load securement component.
- The driver was negligent, e.g., eating, talking on the phone, reading a GPS, etc.
- The company was negligent in the service, maintenance, or repairs of the truck.
- The driver was sleepy, fatigued, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- The roads were defective or poorly designed, slick, or cluttered with debris.
- The weather was inclement.
- The driver was unfamiliar with his surroundings, e.g., made a wrong turn, did not have clearance, etc.
Can I sue the trucking company for damages?
If you are injured in a truck accident, you can file suit if the trucker or carrier was negligent, or if some truck component was defective, and that the negligence caused the accident. You can file a wrongful death claim if a family member is killed in an accident. Just as with any accident claim, truck crash lawsuits require adequate evidence and thorough case preparation. Our law firm has decades of experience handling these cases, and we will obtain the best possible results for you.
Truck accident cases are unique. Certain laws here in Georgia apply specifically to truck drivers and trucking companies, and there are certain procedures that trucking companies must follow. There are also benefits to the plaintiff who files suit against a trucking company or “common carrier” in the state of Georgia.
For example, after an accident, it is essential for the plaintiff’s attorney send aspoliation letterto the carrier to preserve evidence. Your case may also require that your lawyer subpoena records or witnesses to prove liability and/or demonstrate your damages. The defense in trucking cases will usually employ a team of legal experts to defend the case and reduce the legal exposure. For this reason, it is essential that one hires a qualified, experienced attorney to represent his interests and protect his legal rights.
Call our law firm as soon as possible after a trucking accident for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
Call The Law Offices of John Morrison, LLC at (770)951-8900, and we will gladly review your case.
What steps do I take?
After you have taken care of your immediate medical needs, you must open a claim with the insurance carrier. This initial stage is quite important. If an attorney does not yet represent you, the insurance carrier will likely request that you give a recorded statement by telephone about your injuries and how the wreck occurred. Do not agree to any such recorded statement! If an insurance adjuster requests this of you, please call our office right away. We will handle all communications with the insurance carrier to ensure that your claim is not prejudiced. When unrepresented clients give recorded statements to an insurer, they can inadvertently harm their own claims. For this reason, it is preferable that an experienced attorney represent you for your case.
If you need to file a lawsuit for injuries, it is essential you have a quality, experienced litigator handle this for you. Our firm has decades of experience with truck accident cases, and we know how to present your case to the opposing side such that you get the best possible outcome. Our firm will ensure that you have sufficient grounds to file suit by investigating the accident, gathering evidence, and speaking with all witnesses. We will then draft and file suit with the court of proper jurisdiction all the necessary documents with the proper parties and work towards negotiating a settlement with the trucking company’s insurer. If liability for the crash is in disputed or a fair agreement cannot be reached, we will fight for you in court.
Contact The Law Offices of John Morrison, LLC today at (770)951-8900 and schedule your free case evaluation.