Truck Accident Victims
The consequences of a collision between a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle are often devastating. Serious accident injuries and fatalities are common in Florida and victims are often those in the passenger vehicle due to the sheer size difference. In many of these cases, truck accident victims can seek justice with the help of our law firm. The lawyers of The Truck Accident Law Firm are known as “The Truck Accident Dream Team” servicing Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, New York, and Texas focusing specifically on truck accident injury law. Over the years we’ve achieved successful verdicts for our clients through our understandings of the nuances specific to truck accident litigation.
Below is a video example of a collision between a semi-truck and a car. The video is from “SafeDrivePod.”
Unmatched Dedication and Experience
We dedicate more than 75 percent of our law firm practice to the handling of accidents involving commercial vehicles. This includes cases that involve commercial trucks, tractor trailers and RVs. A truck accident lawsuit requires a specific knowledge of this type of law and the regulations required by those in the trucking industry. Truck accident cases are different than regular motor vehicle accident cases and include specific information regarding the operation of commercial vehicles. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a trucking accident, contact our law firm for your free case evaluation. Our trucking attorneys have over 50 years of combined legal experience in this field and have achieved multi-million dollar settlements for our clients, across Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, New York, and Texas. We can help you too.
What You Can Do after a Truck Accident
A truck accident can be a traumatic experience and recovery from injuries can last days or even weeks following the original incident. When you’ve sustained a personal injury as a result of a trucking accident, you will want to contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. An attorney can gather the evidence necessary to put together a truck accident lawsuit on your behalf. Insurance companies will often want to settle a claim as quickly as possible, which often does not allow for the full coverage of costs for the injuries sustained. Our lawyers will gather all the necessary information, such as accident reports, driver’s log, truck maintenance records and accident-related costs, to build a strong case on your behalf. We will fight for the maximum amount of compensation owed to you.
Causes of Truck Accidents
There are multiple factors that can contribute to a trucking accident. A motor vehicle accident that involves a commercial truck is much different than when the accident involves two cars. The size and weight of a commercial truck has a huge impact on the amount of property damage and the seriousness of injuries that can arise out of this specific type of accident. Truck drivers are obligated to abide by specific federal safety regulations when they are on the road. When these are not followed, accidents happen. Occurrences of trucking accidents often occur due to:
• Driving when fatigued
• Reckless driving (especially during adverse weather conditions)
• Defective equipment
• Improperly secured loads or loads that exceed a truck’s maximum capacity
• Unsafe passing
Fatigued driving remains one of the top reasons that commercial trucks are involved in auto accidents. There are strict regulations in place to ensure that truck drivers are receiving adequate amounts of restful sleep between the long hours traveling on the road. Failure to properly log these breaks or rest times is against federal safety regulations and puts everyone in danger on the road.
Other Dangers of Commercial Trucks
There are also separate dangers possible when operating a commercial truck versus a regular motor vehicle. For example, it takes longer for a truck to be able to fully slow down or brake than a car. This means that cutting in front of truck or weaving in and out of traffic can easily lead to an accident on the road. A commercial truck should maintain a proper distance between vehicles to prevent this from happening.
It is up to each truck company to properly train its drivers and keep updated records of vehicle maintenance, changes in safety guidelines and any other information that is relevant to providing safety on the road. When an accident occurs, both the driver and his or her truck company can be held liable for damages. In addition to handling cases that involve commercial trucks on the road, we also handle cases that involve RVs and tractor trailers. These types of cases are unique in nature and can be prevented when implementing the right safety measures. These types of cases are often due to vehicle rollovers, faulty equipment or driver negligence.
Truck Accident Liability
When auto accidents occur, there is typically an exchange of contact information and insurance between the parties involved. Depending on the details of the case, there may be more than just the drivers who are held responsible for being at fault. Although truck drivers are directly accountable for the accidents they cause, liability might also apply to the company the driver works for, the company the shipment is being delivered to or the company that loaded the truck. Truck companies must ensure that its vehicles are in good working condition and have been properly inspected and maintained. It is also the responsibility of a driver and the trucking company to ensure that log books are being properly updated and protocols are being followed.
Drivers of RVs or tractor trailers must also establish the proper type of experience to operate such large vehicles. They, too, must abide by the rules of the road, but also have additional factors to consider when driving due to the size of their vehicle. In some cases, drivers travel in teams. One person will drive the truck while the other person rests and then they switch. When there is a trucking accident which involves a co-driver, this person may also be able to sue the actual person driving at the time and the trucking company, if they are injured.
What Compensation Can Be Recovered?
If you are a victim of a truck accident, the most important thing to focus on is your health and recovery. Accident-related expenses, such as medical costs to pay for truck accident injuries, can quickly add up causing undue stress on a person. Hiring a truck accident attorney can help you get the compensation you need from an insurance company to cover expenses such as medical bills, time lost from work, rehabilitation and any other costs that you might have to endure as a result.
Payment for damages in a truck accident settlement can help take care of:
• Emergency room and hospital bills
• Rehabilitative care
• Lost wages or the loss of earning capacity due to injuries
• Pain and suffering
The cost of being injured in a truck accident can lead to expenses that last several days or even weeks past the initial incident. We want to make sure that you are eligible for the full amount of compensation you are entitled to in order to provide some relief for the future. Over the years, our attorneys have secured successful verdicts and multi-million dollar settlements for our clients. We fight for the best possible outcome with every case we take.
How Can a Truck Accident Attorney Help Me?
When you’ve been injured in a truck accident, the last thing you may want to do is deal with an insurance company or a driver’s trucking company. Our Atlanta based law firm has the experience and expertise necessary to handle your case, whether in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, New York, of Texas, so that you can concentrate on your recovery. Since our practice is devoted to these specific types of cases, we know the rules that a trucking company must follow and expectations to set when discussing settlement offers.
Without an attorney, an insurance company may pay out a minimal settlement to you that will not begin to cover the cost of your truck accident injuries. You should not have to suffer more from an accident that you were not at fault for causing. Our lawyers will fight on your behalf for a favorable verdict and fair settlement offer. There is a statute of limitations in place, which is the time a person has to file a claim for a trucking accident. Therefore, it’s best to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to review your options and begin gathering evidence and information from the accident to put together a complete claim.
Why Choose Our Truck Accident Lawyers?
At The Truck Accident Law Firm, our truck accident attorneys have devoted many hours of research and study of state and federal trucking laws. We have written a book outlining these very regulations and have litigated against numerous trucking accidents claims throughout the Eastern region. We have the resources and expertise necessary to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Don’t accept a settlement offer from any insurance company until you’ve had a chance to speak with a lawyer about your case. Contact The Truck Accident Law Firm, we offer free case evaluations and we are dedicated to helping our clients seek justice.
With over 80 years of combined experience representing truck accident victims across the nation, we are the preeminent law firm that other attorneys turn to for help. Serving Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, New York, and the nation.
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