Most truck collisions are serious, resulting in catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. The great size and weight of commercial trucks make them significant dangers to smaller passenger vehicles. In a collision between the two, the truck will always win. If you or a loved one has experienced a recent truck crash in Atlanta, come to our law firm for a free consultation right away. The law may entitle you to compensation from the trucking company, part manufacturer, roadway maintenance crew, or other party.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) maintains a record of truck crashes throughout the United States. With this data, the FMCSA can hope to enhance the safety of the commercial trucking industry. Here are some numbers for the country and for Georgia specifically:
The data is only half of the story when it comes to large truck crashes. The full picture involves serious injuries, medical bills, devastating losses, and life-changing consequences. Only the victims of truck accidents know how traumatic these events can truly be. At Kaufman Law, P.C., we’ve helped a number of clients get back on their feet after a truck wreck. It’s our mission to fight for the compensation that can help victims secure their financial futures.
Recognizing the most common reasons truck accidents occur can help you prevent and avoid them in Atlanta. Common contributing factors include:
Almost all truck accidents come down to negligence. Proving negligence may take eyewitness interviews, evidence gathering, and bringing in expert witnesses to testify. The right attorney can make this daunting process much simpler. Our team can help you bring a negligent truck driver, company, manufacturer, government, or other party to justice.
While a large truck crash can involve almost many scenarios, there are certain types of accidents that occur more often than others. In accidents involving big rigs, the size and shape of the vehicle can affect the way it wrecks. This leads to a list of most frequent types of truck accidents on the road. Each type has its own common cause that can help victims go after the appropriate defendant. Here are five types of truck accidents we’ve seen often in Atlanta:
jTruck accidents can include many types of trucks. The truck could be a semi, cement, garbage, fire, fuel, or delivery vehicle. It doesn’t have to be a commercial truck or big rig to have a claim against the company or another party. After a crash with any kind of truck, speak to an attorney to explore your legal opportunities.
In the past, trucks were rented instead of purchased and owned outright, allowing companies to escape responsibility for fleet maintenance and accidents involving problems with the trucks. Companies also hired independent contractors instead of regular employees. This placed the blame with the individual driver for accidents involving driver error instead of the company. However, federal laws made a few changes to prevent trucking companies from unfairly escaping liability for crashes. Today, trucking companies may have liability for:
Whether the crash involves driver negligence, the need for truck repairs, or an unsafe bed of cargo, the trucking company may face liability. The company’s insurer will be responsible for paying for any injuries, deaths, or property damage that the accident causes. The new liability laws have made companies take trucking safety more seriously. Unfortunately, some are still negligent in ways that result in major crashes.
At Kaufman Law, P.C., we recommend scheduling a free consultation with an attorney after any truck accident. You have nothing to lose in discussing your crash with a lawyer in Atlanta, and potentially thousands of dollars to gain. You could be eligible for payment for your past and future medical costs, missed time at work, property damage, and pain and suffering. Don’t go up against big truck insurance companies on your own.