Georgia Truck Accident Lawyers
Most tractor trailers weigh 80,000 pounds or more and run as much as 60 feet long. When these monstrous commercial motor vehicles are unsafely maintained or negligently operated, they can cause devastating and often fatal injuries to others. In fact, since 2005, nearly 200 people have died each year in Georgia in crashes involving large trucks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Many others have suffered catastrophic injuries, including paralysis, burns, brain damage or harm to the neck and spinal cord.
When a truck, tractor-trailer, semi-truck, 18-wheeler, flat-bed truck, tanker truck or dump truck hurts you or your family members in an accident, you deserve compensation. At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., our Georgia truck accident lawyers want to help. Call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to receive a free consultation at one of our Northeast Georgia offices in Athens or Greensboro.
Causes of Georgia Truck Crashes
Georgia truck accident litigation can be challenging, starting with an investigation into the cause of the accident, a determination of who is at fault and research into whether state and federal trucking regulations were broken. There may be many factors, parties and rules involved.
A recent U.S. Department of Transportation study found common truck accident factors are:
- Improper equipment
- Driver error
- Driver impairment
- Unsecured or shifting loads.
Who is to blame for these factors? The responsibility for causing an accident may be shared by:
- The truck company: The carrier may be liable for failing to have a safety program or records system in place, hiring drivers without proper background checks, failing to screen drivers for drug and alcohol use, using drivers who lack required skills or drivers who have physical and mental issues that make them dangerous behind the wheel. A trucking company may also be negligent or reckless in forcing drivers to break state or federal rules that limit the number of hours they can be on the road or for putting trucks on the interstate that haven’t been properly inspected, maintained and repaired.
- Truck driver: If the driver has caused an accident while on the clock, his company may be held liable for his carelessness. Common truck driver errors include: Speeding; driving too fast in conditions such as snow, ice, rain or fog; making wide turns at intersections; backing up without checking blind spots; and pulling off to the shoulder of the road without flashers and other warning signs. Truckers may also drive while too fatigued or while under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription medications. A trucker’s failure to properly inspect the truck, including its cargo and emergency equipment, may also place others on the road in danger.
- Truck manufacturers: Even a truck operated by the safest driver may cause an accident if the truck has defective mechanical parts or emergency equipment, including its hydraulics, couplings, brakes, fuel tank and tires.
At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., our truck accident litigation team includes investigators, accident reconstruction specialists, engineers, medical experts, attorneys and support staff who can compile evidence and piece together how your truck accident occurred. We believe that the more information we collect, the stronger your case will be.
How We Can Help You
Keep this in mind: The trucking industry aggressively protects its interests. Defense attorneys representing truck carriers, shipping companies, corporations and insurance companies will be out to contest the claims against them. With our resources, skill and dedication, however, we believe we can level the playing field for you.
We will work tirelessly to secure a settlement of your personal injury or wrongful death claim, which can provide timely closure to a traumatic experience. If a reasonable settlement can’t be reached, however, we will be ready to protect your rights and interests before a judge and jury.
Our ultimate goal is to make sure you are fully compensated for your vehicle repair or replacement, medical expenses, lost wages, mental anguish, emotional distress and other economic and non-economic damages. We may also pursue punitive damages.
In addition, we know that many Georgia truck accident victims need immediate medical assistance. If you cannot afford treatment, we work with you to find the best options available, including Medicaid and Medicare, and we work with you on reimbursing those sources.
Contact Our Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys Today
Since 1984, the law firm of Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., has assisted victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits from across Georgia in the cities of Atlanta, Albany, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Brunswick and Savannah, as well as Athens, Greensboro, Eatonton, Winder, Commerce, Covington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Elberton, Hartwell, Homer, Lexington, Crawford, Gainesville, Milledgeville, Winterville, Hull, Danielsville, Comer, Colbert, Watkinsville and Bogart and surrounding Northeast Georgia communities in Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Banks, Franklin, Hall, Habersham, Stephens, Jasper, Jones, Baldwin, Hart, Elbert, Greene, Putnam, Columbia, Richmond, Newton, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Walton and Oglethorpe counties. Our lawyers have also been involved in significant, complex nationwide litigation, and we have represented clients and tried cases in many other states across the country.
Our Georgia truck accident attorneys are innovative counselors and aggressive advocates who have been recognized by Super Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America, among others, for the quality of their legal skill and professional service.
If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to learn how we can help you and to receive a free consultation. We won’t simply refer your case to another law firm. We will listen to you, answer your questions and work with you to map out a path to legal relief.