Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyers
Collisions involving tractor-trailers or 18-wheelers involve a significant amount of evidence that must be gathered and a set of highly complicated laws and regulations that can affect the validity of a claim. Truck and tractor-trailer accident cases are often significantly more complex than your typical auto accident claim—-we explain why in more detail in our article title “Why Your Tractor Trailer Accident Case Is So Different“. Injuries stemming from truck accidents can be quite devastating often including death, spinal cord injuries and paralysis.
Tractor-Trailer Cases Are Complex
Minimizing their liability and thus the compensation to victims is of the utmost importance to the trucking company and its insurer’s in responding to your truck accident claim. Often, the insurance adjuster assigned to handle your claim will act aggressively in handling your claim in an effort to quickly gain information that may help minimize the value of your claim.
Typical efforts taken immediately by the trucking company and its insurer include appearing at the scene of the collision to gather evidence and obtain recorded statements from witnesses and contact you and your family to hopefully obtain favorable statements that can be used against you later in court. Often an adjuster will make a small monetary offer to the victim early in hopes a settlement and release of the claim can be obtained before the victim knows the extent of his or her injuries.
Retaining An Experienced Accident Lawyer A Must
In our opinion, every truck accident victim should involved a truck accident lawyer. That being said, it is imperative that you obtain legal representation from a lawyer experienced in the handling of tractor-trailer accident cases. A car accident lawyer only will not do.
An Atlanta truck accident lawyer at Boling Rice LLC has extensive experience handling truck accident cases. Many of our lawyers have garnered experience handling trucking cases by previously representing trucking companies defending against these type of cases in court.
Armed with such inside knowledge of the thought process and strategy of the trucking company and its insurer has helped our team of truck accident attorneys effectively pursue legal action to maximize our clients’ recovery. Our group of tractor-trailer accident lawyers are accomplished trial advocates, having received many accolades over the years, including:
- Nominations to Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America;
- Nominated to list of Best Attorneys of America; and
- Truck Accident Attorney Atlanta Named to Million Dollar Advocates Forum Top Trial Lawyers in America for our successes for injury victims.
We recently worked with Ted Spaulding when a family member shattered a kneecap in a slip and fall accident. Ted was very courteous, knowledgeable, and empathetic during a difficult time. We were very comfortable with Ted guiding us through the unfamiliar territory of accumulating medical bills, claims, insurance, etc. We were happy with his work and diligence, and we would definitely recommend Ted Spaulding for his experience in personal injury.
Learn More About These Claims and Cases
Our Atlanta Learning Center Page contains updated articles from our tractor trailer injury attorneys to help those injured by a truck driver get their questions answered and learn more about these claims and cases under Georgia law. Below are a few links to some of the tractor trailer accident information available:
- List of Multiple Defendants That May Be Liable To You For The Collision;
- Why Truck Accident Cases Are So Different From Typical Car Accident Cases; and
- Trucking Industry Terms To Know.
Evidence of Negligence Disappears Quickly–Obtaining All Of It Is Imperative
It is absolutely critical to begin investigating the accident as soon as possible. As part of their “damage control” techniques, the trucking company and its insurance company will obtain statements from witnesses, the driver, and possibly the victim. Further, the trucking company and its insurance company may have the truck inspected by one of their experts to produce favorable defensive reports and have another one of their experts investigate the accident scene and produce a defensive report.
Trucks contain a “black box” which records very relevant data before, during, and after the accident. It is imperative that the recorded information is analyzed. Truck accident injury cases involve a wealth of information that needs to be investigated and developed in order to effectively pursue an injury claim.
The imperative information that must be obtained includes the trucking company’s previous violations of State and Federal regulations; maintenance records for the specific truck and trailer involved in the collision; the exact speed vehicles involved in the collision were traveling at; location of the impact; the truck driver’s log book that will hopefully show how long the driver had been driving that day before taking a break (could be a violation of a regulation); and witness statements including EMS and others. An accident involving an 18-wheeler, semi truck, commercial truck, or tractor-trailer can result in serious injury and property damage.
Causes of These Types of Accidents
Our experienced trial lawyers are well versed in how to obtain the necessary information quickly to establish that negligence on the part of the truck driver and/or trucking company led to the collision. There are numerous ways a truck driver and/or trucking company can be found to be the cause of the accident, including:
- Driver Fatigue — caused by failure to abide by mandatory rest periods between hours on the road;
- Aggressive Driving—such as excessive speed or improper lane change;
- Failure to Maintain the Truck;
- Overloaded Trailer;
- Unsecured Cargo; and
- Inexperienced Drivers.
What Compensation You Can Expect to Obtain
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident or you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of a truck driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, property damage and car repairs, lost wages, pain and suffering, impairment, permanent injury, and disfigurement. Have you or someone you know been injured in a trucking accident in Georgia and want to know if you have a claim? In these types of cases, an injured party may recover for one or more of the following:
• Full medical expenses incurred as a result of your injury regardless of health insurance payments;
• The future cost of treatment to the extent known;
• Loss of wages;
• The loss of future wages;
• Loss of enjoyment of life;
• Future loss of enjoyment of life;
• Pain and suffering;
• Future pain and suffering;
• Future impairment;
• Disfigurement; and
• Loss of consortium injury suffered by your spouse.
A skilled Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer at Boling Rice, LLC is standing by ready to help you fight for just compensation. Contact our offices today, Call (770) 744-0890.