Atlanta Truck
Accident Attorney

Atlanta Truck Accident Attorney2019-06-10T14:38:26-04:00

We believe that it is the duty of an Atlanta truck accident attorney to protect those rights and fight tirelessly for injured people to ensure they are fairly compensated.

Getting Help for your Truck Accident Injury

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 4,440 semi trucks and buses involved in accidents that resulted in one or more fatalities in 2016. There were approximately 119,000 injuries resulting from crashes involving large trucks and buses in that same year.

Mike Rafi is an Atlanta truck accident lawyer you can trust. Crashes involving tractor trailers and passenger vehicles are often catastrophic simply due to the size difference between the two vehicles. These accidents, as any Atlanta truck accident attorney knows, are more likely to cause fatalities than collisions involving two passenger vehicles.

As a trucking crash law firm, we are well aware of the devastation accidents such as these can leave in their wake. Not only are victims forced to undergo weeks or months of medical care, but they can often face financial consequences beyond their control due to lost wages and mounting medical bills.

If you have been involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler or other large vehicle, you need an Atlanta tractor trailer accident lawyer standing by your side. You and your family deserve nothing less than a fair and equitable outcome, and the at-fault party must be held accountable. Our commercial vehicle accident law firm is here to make sure that both of those things happen.

Tractor-trailer Basics

Tractor-trailers are also referred to as “18-wheelers,” “semi trucks,” and “big rigs.” You will find tractor trailers on almost every major highway and road in the United States. Tractor trailers transport about 75 percent of all cargo that is shipped in this country, making them an important part of our economy.

These large vehicles are legally permitted to haul up to 80,000 pounds or 40 tons of cargo. Consider that a typical passenger car weighs only about 2,000 to 4,000 pounds and it is easy to understand just why these accidents can be so catastrophic.

Why Tractor Trailers Crash

As a Georgia truck accident lawyer, we have witnessed a variety of reasons for tractor trailer accidents. Although each accident is certainly unique, there are causes that tend to be more common than others.

  • No Zones: As an Atlanta semi truck accident lawyer, we have spoken with countless victims of truck accidents who found themselves in the no zone or a truck blind spot. Tractor trailers have blind spots on every side of their rig, including in the front and in the back. These blind spots often encompass one or more entire lanes of traffic.stopping_distances
  • Improper Loading: Loading a trailer is a delicate job. If the cargo isn’t loaded properly it can shift, causing the trailer and its cab to roll over onto the vehicle of an unsuspecting motorist.blind spots
  • Driver Fatigue or Impairment: We are not only truck accident lawyers in Atlanta, but car accident attorneys as well. We know the dangers of distracted or impaired driving, and truckers are not immune. Driver fatigue and impairment are very real dangers in the trucking world. A driver who is fatigued or impaired has dulled reaction times and may have an inability to make wise decisions when it comes to the operation of their vehicle.
  • Speeding: In 2013, speeding was a factor in 29 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths. Speeding has been a factor in about 30 percent of crash deaths since 2004. Large trucks—even more than passenger cars—should not speed because of an inability to stop quickly and the danger of rolling over or jackknifing. Your lawyer should ensure the truck’s “black box” or data recorder, which records speed, is saved so it can be downloaded and analyzed. Often times, the “black box” is crucial to learning whether the truck driver was speeding.
  • Failure to Inspect & Maintain the Truck: Trucking companies and drivers are responsible for making sure only safe and well-maintained vehicles are on the road. For that reason, companies and drivers must document all maintenance checks, and if not properly done, they can be at-fault for an accident caused by poorly maintained equipment. Steering, cargo, brakes, mirrors, tires, conspicuous or reflective tape, and a host of other things must be checked and confirmed to be working before a driver may hit the road. Many times, though, companies do not keep their vehicles in top shape and drivers do not take the time to fully inspect trucks, leading to dangerous trucks being on the road.

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Truck Accident Frequently Asked Questions

A truck accident is any traffic accident involving a passenger car and a commercial truck. Commercial trucks are on the road every day, and can include garbage trucks, tractor trailers, delivery trucks, gasoline trucks, and any other large, commercial vehicle.
Truck accidents are very different from car accidents. Car accidents are typically handled through the drivers and their insurance companies. Normally, a claims adjuster reviews and mediates the process. As a result, it is usually a simple process. A truck accident, on the other hand, most likely will involve several individuals/groups e.g., employers, corporations, lawyers, insurance adjusters, worker’s comp people, etc.

Truck accidents typically cause much more damage than ones involving cars, namely due to the difference in the weight and size of the vehicles. Therefore, truck accident cases typically take more time to investigate and file claims for. As a result, the time invested to receive compensation can be greater in truck accidents versus car accidents – but the compensation received is typically more in a truck accident than car accident.

The Major No-Zones Include the Following:
Side No-Zone: This is the blind spot area to either side of the truck, which is significantly larger than a regular car’s blind spots. To avoid a side No-Zone, drivers should avoid hanging out next to a truck—especially on the right, where the No-Zone is larger. As a general rule of thumb, if you can’t see the driver in the side-view mirror, they can’t see you.

Rear No-Zone: Tailgating is bad driver behavior with any vehicle, but can be especially dangerous with large commercial trucks where the truck driver cannot see your car behind them. Keep in mind that truckers do not have the benefit of a rear-view mirror as the trailer blocks it; instead, they have to rely on side-view mirrors.

Front No-Zone: Due to their large size, it takes considerably longer for a truck to come to a complete stop; in fact, many of them need twice as long as a regular passenger vehicle. For this reason, drivers should always avoid swerving or “cutting” in front of a truck as it could result in a rear-end accident.

It depends on whether an employment relationship is established between the truck driver and the trucking company. If a relationship can be proven, the company can be held legally liable for the driver’s negligence.

Establishing the liability of a company can be more difficult if a truck driver is an independent contractor of the company. In cases such as this, the main factor in determining if the trucking company can be held liable is the amount of supervising exercised by the company.

In order to get compensation, an attorney will need to show the truck driver failed to use due care in the operation of the truck. Typically, in cases where serious injury has resulted, a plaintiff will have claims for pain and suffering, negligent and/or intentional infliction of emotional distress, and loss of consortium.
Commercial trucks in Georgia are subject rules and regulations set in place by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The organization has established rules for licensing requirements, electronic logging devices, training and physical requirements, hours of operation, drug testing, cargo standards, and more.
To protect your rights, you should not speak with the trucking company’s insurance adjuster. Your attorney will handle all negotiations with the insurance company on your behalf. Anything you say to the insurance company could be taken out of context and used against you, so it is best to let your attorney speak with them instead.
In Georgia, as long as you are no more than 49% responsible for the accident, you may recover damages. The state’s comparative negligence rule ensures that whoever is at least 50% responsible for the crash pays for the other party’s damages.

Commercial Vehicle Codes to know when Talking to a Truck Accident Attorney

  • 40-8-2: Unsafe vehicles, DPS safety rules authority
  • 40-8-3: Load dragging on roadway
  • 40-8-7: Operating unsafe vehicle
  • 40-6-50(b): Driving in emergency lane, gore, or median
  • 40-6-52(b): Improper lane use on multi-lane highways
  • 40-6-254: Unsecured loads

Learn more about these and additional codes at Georgia Department of Public Safety

Medical Injuries After a Truck Accident

If you have sustained serious injuries after a truck accident, your medical bills may quickly pile up. Don’t wait until your debt has threatened your financial security to seek compensation.

As long as you are not solely at fault for the accident, you have the right to seek compensation by filing a lawsuit in Georgia. Unfortunately, you will not receive compensation from the other driver until after your case is resolved, so you may need other methods of payment in the meantime.

If you have health insurance, this is your first option. Even if your physician offers to bill your car insurance, opt for health insurance coverage of your bills first. Your car insurance’s medical pay should be your second line of defense in the event your health insurance cannot cover your expenses.

According to Georgia’s comparative negligence law, the amount you will receive from the other driver’s insurance depends on what percentage you were at fault for the accident. For example, if you are found to be 25% at fault, your total compensation will be reduced by 25%. If you were 50% or more at fault for the accident, you will not receive compensation at all.

How an Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help

If you have been hurt in a truck accident, you need a Georgia truck accident law firm you can trust. We are Atlanta truck wreck lawyers with extensive track records of holding at-fault drivers accountable for their negligence or error. We will do the same for you.

We understand that you may be facing financial difficulty due to the unnecessary strain of medical bills and time off of work. We do not believe that any victim should be forced to deal with this type of burden. You deserve to be compensated for your losses and we want to help make that happen.

Reach out to our office today and schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation. We will review the details of your Atlanta truck accident and your ensuing medical needs and financial difficulties and develop a plan for securing the damages you are entitled to. You and your family do not have to fight the system alone.

Call our office to speak with a member of our team and take the first step on the path to recovering what you are owed. We will work tirelessly to ensure the at-fault driver is made to answer for their choices.

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