The state of Georgia’s geographic location creates popular routes for truck drivers all over the nation. With the increased amount of trucks on the state’s roads, unfortunately, the number of truck accidents also increases. These accidents can occur in a variety of ways and due to a variety of circumstances, however, the injured victim usually suffers the most damage and was the least at fault. Call a Fayetteville truck accident lawyer, Jonathan Wade understands that you should not bear the burden for the negligent actions of another person that caused you injury.
Common Truck Accident Causes
Truck accidents can occur due to a number of factors, including but not limited to, the following:
- Fatigued or distracted driving
- Improper lane shifting
- Reckless driving or speeding
- Dangerous weather or road conditions
- Overweight cargo or improperly secured load
- Vehicle systems or mechanical failure
- An inexperienced or improperly trained driver
Victims of truck accidents that result in injuries often incur unexpected pain and suffering, loss of wages or employment and medical expenses. A personal injury claim can be filed against the truck driver or the company based on their negligence or failure to properly act. Get the representation you deserve from a personal injury lawyer to recover for the medical bills, loss of wages and employment, and loss of enjoyment of your everyday life.
Trucking Accidents – Standard Of Care And Regulations
The majority of large trucks on the road are used for commercial purposes, however many are also used for daily loading, transportation or moving needs. Trucks used for commercial hauling are held to a different standard of care than average automobile drivers under both state and federal law. The majority of these regulations are in place based on the understanding that larger vehicles have the ability to pose a greater threat to other drivers if not adequately maintained or operated. Trucks and semis (or big rigs) must abide by regulations pertaining to braking systems, hazardous material transportation, the security of loads, rear impact guard installation and many other requirements. Drivers are also held to high standards and must operate their trucks meeting specified regulations such as acquiring specified training and licensing, limitations for hours of operation, required load inspections and length of time drivers may operate vehicles.
Given the size and nature of trucks, the accidents and injuries they cause can be severe for the people involved. Their design, weight and logistical setup also make them privy to roll-overs and jack-knifing, which can be devastating to much smaller passenger vehicles, motorcycles or bicyclists involved.
Stand Up Against Truck Accident Insurance Settlements
Considering a manufacturing or shipping company most often runs trucks, the majority of victims involved in an accident involving a truck are quickly approached by their insurance representative. Oftentimes, their motivation is to persuade you to accept a settlement offer presented by the large insurance company on behalf of the corporation. Signing and accepting a settlement may preclude you from filing a claim against the company, hinders many of your legal rights and stifles your chance of receiving just compensation for your losses. A Fayetteville truck accident lawyer, such as Jonathan Wade, with ample experience, will not be hesitant to stand up to large insurance companies and fight for your legal and compensatory rights.
How Can a Truck Accident Lawyer Help Me?
Truck cases often involve investigations by other regulatory and law enforcement agencies that simply the local police department. This information can make or break your case, and if you don’t know about it, the value of the case can be negatively affected, or can even make the case worthless if it is helpful to the trucking industry. Again, an experienced truck wreck attorney knows where to go to ask about such investigations, which likewise often involve both federal and state regulatory authorities.
An additional factor in deciding on an auto accident attorney when you or a loved one has been in a collision with a truck is knowing who to sue. Did you know that unlike in a normal car wreck, sometimes the trucking company’s insurance company can be named as a party? Likewise, sometimes the truck company, the driver and the insurance company live or are based in different states. Deciding where to sue the case in this situation is a critical decision, because it affects the value of the case, whether the case can even be won, and whether a judgment against one or more of these potential defendants can even be enforced. (A judgment is nothing but a piece of paper if you cannot collect on it.) Only an experienced truck wreck attorney can successfully lead your case through these potential disasters.
Call Wade Law to Get Maximum Compensation For Your Truck Accident Damages
Despite the efforts made and yearly improvements state and federal regulations undergo, truck accidents continue to maintain a large presence in accident-related injuries. Wade Law understands that accidents happen, however you should not have to bear the financial and emotional burden when they do. Call our office today to see how we can help defend and protect your legal rights and hold truck drivers and their companies accountable for their actions.