Truck & Trailer Accident Attorney Serving Gwinnett County, GA
Proven Trial Lawyer Helping Clients in the Metro-Atlanta Area Seek Maximum Compensation
Large commercial trucks and tractor trailers are significant part of U.S. commerce and our economy. All of us have shared the road with such vehicles and, unfortunately, many motorists and their passengers have suffered serious injury and even death when involved in a collision with a commercial truck. The size and weight of such vehicles makes them difficult to stop and, when colliding with a smaller car, it is the passenger car’s occupants who will likely suffer the most damage.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in or around Gwinnett County or the Metro-Atlanta Area, it is highly recommended that you seek legal counsel. Trucking accidents are much more complex legal matters than other motor vehicle accidents. At Houston Washburn Law, we can investigate all aspects of your accident to determine all responsible at-fault parties in making a valid personal injury claim. Armed with the facts, our skilled lawyer can negotiate a settlement with those responsible for a fair and just settlement. If that is not possible, we will take your case to court. Attorney Houston Washburn is a proven trial lawyer recognized by the National Trial Lawyers.
Trucking Accidents in Georgia
According to statistics provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), most fatalities in truck accidents are caused to someone other than the trucker. Truckers are protected behind the huge size and weight of semi-trucks and tractor-trailers, which can cause more damage than cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles. More damage translates to more serious injuries or fatalities which makes trucking accidents more complicated than other motor vehicle accidents.
Trucking accidents are also more complex since trucking companies are subject to federal regulations under the FMCSA. These regulations cover many aspects of trucking from how many hours a trucker can drive after a specific number of consecutive hours of rest to truck maintenance, drug and alcohol testing, the marking of vehicles, and more. Trucking accidents can often be caused by noncompliance with these regulations on the part of the trucker or the trucking company. This aspect of any truck accident needs to be thoroughly investigated.
Causes of truck accidents can include:
- Driver fatigue
- Poor truck maintenance resulting in dysfunctional parts
- Distracted while driving, such as texting or otherwise taking one’s attention off the road
- Improperly loaded cargo which can shift
- Disobeying traffic laws
- Poor driver training
- Foul weather
Trucking accidents are also complicated by the fact that large trucking companies and their insurers will fight aggressively to reduce their liability and payout in any trucking accident. Trucking companies may have their own first responders who will visit the site of a trucking accident immediately as well as large legal teams whose job is to protect the best interests of the company in any claim or lawsuit. This adds further necessity for you to be represented by an equally aggressive law firm that knows how to investigate, analyze data, and build a case to put you in the strongest possible legal position.
Determining liability may be another difficulty in truck accidents. Some drivers are owner-operators while others work as employees for a trucking company. Each will have their own insurance companies and clearly defining who is responsible for paying a claim can be difficult.
Houston Washburn Law Can Help You
When faced with the physical, emotional, and financial fallout from a trucking accident, you should turn to a legal professional who knows how to build your case for the best possible outcome. Our Gwinnett County truck accident attorney is dedicated to helping you seek the justice you deserve in a negligence-based truck accident.
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