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Truck Accidents in Duluth

If you or a loved one were injured in a truck accident, it’s important that you know who (and what) you’re up against. Trucking companies almost always have a battalion of lawyers to fight your claim, not to mention the tens of millions of dollars at their disposal. Don’t put your case in just anyone’s hands – you need a dedicated, competent attorney to help.

Mike Rafi is known throughout Georgia for his prowess handling truck accident cases. Mike has helped hundreds of injured people and their families to move past their accidents, earning them the financial compensation and peace of mind that they need.

Read on to learn more about truck accidents in Duluth and the factors that influence what you can recover in damages. From there, schedule a consultation with Rafi Law Firm to explore options on your case.

When large trucks and buses hit traditional motor vehicles, the occupants of the motor vehicle face a significantly greater risk of injury or death. If you look around on any major road or highway in the United States, it can be almost alarming at times, as your view is often blocked by gigantic 18-wheeler trucks. When those truckers are not driving responsibly, people get hurt.

In 2019, large truck and bus accidents were responsible for the following on US roads:

  • 127,000 injuries
  • 414,000 accidents involving property damage alone
  • 5,237 deaths

These statistics include truck accidents in Duluth. Rear-end truck accidents on Buford Highway are all too common, with irresponsible truck drivers causing many accidents on I-85 as well.

Why Truck Accidents Are So Dangerous

Trucks are heavier and situated higher than traditional motor vehicles, increasing the likelihood that a motor vehicle will be ridden over or pulled under in an accident. Truck drivers are required to hold commercial driving licenses, which reflects a greater level of training and knowledge for operating larger, heavier, and more dangerous vehicles.

Truck drivers have a responsibility to other drivers on the road, and given the risks associated with accidents, their employers often use a black box to track their movements, as we’ll discuss below.

What is the truck’s “black box,” and what does it track?

The black box is an electronic device that collects data about the truck’s movements and driver’s actions. Depending on what devices make up a truck’s black box, it can tell someone how long the truck was on the road, when it braked, or if it made other movements that could signal or cause an accident.

Your Duluth truck accident lawyer will use legal instruments like requests for production and depositions to collect data from the black box and other evidence in support of your case. Your Duluth truck accident attorney from Rafi Law Firm is standing by for a free case consultation to discuss the cause of your accident and what damages you may be entitled to.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Here are some common causes of truck accidents that your attorney will look out for.

Truck drivers are especially at risk of engaging in drowsy driving given the nature of the industry. Truck drivers are often only paid for the miles that they drive, not for the time they spend maintaining their vehicles or resting between stops. Therefore, some truck drivers might stay on the road longer than allowed, leading to poor driving that causes accidents.

How do you know if a truck driver was drowsy in the moments before they hit you? The answer is evidence.

The black box in the truck is one place to start, the device that tracks the traveling time of the truck. However, this might not track the shifts of the driver.

Your Duluth truck accident attorney will use legal instruments like depositions and interrogatories to collect information from the truck driver and their employer. This will help determine if the driver was given adequate rest between shifts, or if they were drowsy driving and liable for your damages.

Common Truck Accident Injuries

Truck accidents are more dangerous and deadly than most passenger vehicle accidents. If you were riding along in a Honda Accord when an 18-wheeler ran a red light and T-boned your vehicle, it is entirely possible your car could be broken in half. The impact causes broken bones, bruises, and emotional trauma. However, of all truck accident injuries, the most common and most troublesome is an injury to the brain.

One of the most common causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is vehicle collisions, with truck accidents being especially dangerous given the scope of the collision when trucks hit passenger vehicles.

A traumatic brain injury happens when you experience a bump, blow, or penetrating wound to your head. In motor vehicle collisions, traumatic brain injuries can happen from the rapid deceleration involved in an accident that causes whiplash, or from the head impacting the interior of the vehicle, windshield, or other surface.

Injuries to the brain can take time to develop and often require ongoing treatment, medication, and even rehabilitation.

After your accident, it is important to seek out emergency medical attention and speak with your local Duluth truck accident lawyer. They may help schedule follow-up appointments for you with medical and occupational experts.

Without evidence from professionals concerning the symptoms of your injuries in the future and how they might impact your ability to work, you cannot collect on these damages.

Don’t Fall for Insurance Tricks

It is important to remember that the insurance company does not work for you, they work for profit. Like any other for-profit company, the insurance company seeks to maximize revenues while minimizing costs to support its margins.

For the insurance company, their revenues are the fixed amount paid in premiums by their insurance customers. Their costs are the amount of employee time invested and money paid out on claims to injured parties like yourself.

To collect compensation for your damages, you have to provide evidence. Insurance companies will reject claims or reduce payments for claims that do not have sufficient evidence. This includes not only emergency room bills and car repair estimates, but also opinions from occupational and medical experts determining the long-term costs associated with your injuries.

Your Duluth truck accident attorney helps obtain these expert opinions in addition to collecting evidence on what the truck driver was doing in the moments before they hit you.

The insurance company has full-time teams of claim analysts and attorneys working to deny your claim or pay you as little as possible. Having an attorney from Rafi Law Firm helps to even the playing field and ensures that you collect the full amount you are entitled to.

Case Results

Our mission is to help you get the full compensation you deserve. Some of Mike Rafi’s recent cases include
$3,900,000
Settlement as co-counsel for client shot at Gwinnett hotel
$3,013,000
Jury verdict as part of trial team in wrongful death tractor-trailer crash on I-285
$2,000,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client who injured hand in defective machine
$1,850,000
1,700,000.00 jury verdict against gas station operator
$1,600,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client hit by car while walking his dog
$1,250,000
Settlement for client injured at convenience store
$1,100,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client injured at factory
$1,100,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client shot at Brookhaven apartment complex
$1,100,000
Settlement for client injured at gas station in Tucker
$1,000,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client shot at Brookhaven apartment
$1,000,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client hit while driving motorcycle
$800,000
Settlement in medical malpractice case
$637,500
Settlement ($100,000.00 policy limits) for client injured while passenger in car
$700,000
Settlement for client injured at construction site
$575,000
Settlement for client shot at Decatur apartment complex
$500,000
Settlement for client injured at Decatur apartment complex
$500,000
Settlement ($25,000.00 policy limits) for client in car crash
$475,000
Settlement for client who crashed in unmarked section of road work
$475,000
Settlement for client injured at Atlanta apartment complex
$460,000
Settlement for client rear-ended on I-285
$450,000
Settlement for client who fell from 2nd floor balcony due to defective railing
$450,000
Settlement for client injured in head-on crash
$450,000
Settlement before closing arguments in dog bite case
$414,000
Settlement for client injured in backseat of police car
$400,000.00
Settlement for client injured in car wreck
$400,000
Settlement for client injured near Lenox Mall
$375,000
Settlement for client injured in truck crash on I-285
$375,000
Settlement for client shot at Lithonia apartment complex
$350,000
Settlement for client shot at College Park apartment complex
$350,000
Settlement for client rear-ended by 18-wheeler
$333,333
Settlement for client injured at trailer park
$325,000
Settlement for client injured at Atlanta apartment complex
$315,000
Settlement for client injured in car crash
$300,000
Settlement as co-counsel for client injured in car crash on I-20
$300,000
Settlement for client shot at College Park apartment complex
$300,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client injured in head-on crash
$300,000
Settlement for client injured by police officer who ran red light
$300,000
Settlement for client injured when tire flew off his car after faulty tire installation
$300,000
Settlement for client who fell because of greasy floor mat at big box store
$275,000
Settlement for client who fell at restaurant
$260,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client injured in 3-car crash
$250,000
Settlement for client shot at College Park shopping center
$210,000
Jury verdict for clients hit by car while walking on sidewalk (highest offer by defense was $62,500.00)

Do Not Accept a Settlement Without Speaking With an Attorney

The insurance company might present you with a quick offer of settlement. It might cover your emergency room bills, your vehicle repairs, and maybe even a bit more. The problem with accepting a quick settlement is that it cuts off your ability to collect anything further. Accepting a settlement is the end of your claim.

If it turns out that the bump to your head caused a traumatic brain injury, there could be long-term symptoms from the injury that requires ongoing medical care. If you already accepted a settlement offer, and then have thousands in medical bills and even more in lost wages, you will be on your own.

Your Duluth truck accident lawyer calculates the full amount of costs and damages associated with your injuries, then pursues them in full from the insurance company. With Rafi Law on your claim, you can focus on recovering from your accident.

Injured in a Truck Accident? We’re Here to Help.

If you have been hit by a truck, your Duluth truck accident lawyer from Rafi Law Firm is standing by to provide a risk-free consultation on your case.

Call (404) 800-9933 or visit us online and schedule a consultation to discuss options now.

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