According to the most recent Georgia crash data, 1 in 6 traffic fatalities result from a crash involving a large truck. Tractor-trailer and other heavy truck accidents are far more likely to be deadly or cause serious injuries because trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, while passenger vehicles weigh only 3,000-5,000 pounds on average.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you may be able to obtain compensation from the at-fault truck driver, the trucking company that employed the driver, the owner of the cargo or other responsible parties and their insurance companies.
An Atlanta truck accident lawyer at Parsons & Associates, P.C., can help you understand, protect and enforce your legal rights after a serious accident involving an 18-wheeler or other large commercial truck.The Dangers of Truck Accidents
Based on crash data collected over the course of a year, trucks accounted for only 4 percent of all registered vehicles, yet they made up 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a Traffic Safety Fact sheet on truck accidents in 2010, which revealed that:
In many truck accident cases, the crash could have been prevented if the truck driver had been more careful and responsible.
In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicated that a full 31 percent of fatal truck accidents are caused by driver-related factors, including:
Other common causes of truck accidents include:
When a Georgia truck accident occurs, it is important to determine who was at fault. A truck accident victim can file a claim against a negligent driver to obtain monetary damages for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other damages. However, the truck driver (and the driver’s insurance company) may not be the only potential defendant responsible for paying a truck accident claim.
If a trucking company is negligent in its own right, such as by failing to check a driver’s record before hiring him or by failing to make sure the driver is following safety rules, then the trucking company could be sued. A trucking company could also be sued based on a rule called vicarious liability. This rule essentially says that a trucking company is held legally responsible for the negligent or careless behavior of its employees.
It might also be possible to bring a legal action against the shipper, the company that owned the cargo, the company that maintained the truck and trailer, a manufacturer or other parties whose negligence played a role in the crash.Get Help From Our Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyers
At Parsons & Associates, P.C., our experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyers know that truck accidents are often very serious and complex. We understand that you might be coping with major injuries or with the tragic and untimely death of a family member. During this stressful time, let us take care of protecting your legal interests.
We can assist you with every step of your truck accident case, from gathering evidence, to determining who could be held liable, to filing a lawsuit, to settling your claim out of court or taking your claim to trial. At every step of the way, we will use our legal experience to provide you with the compassionate and competent representation you deserve.
Contact us now at 770-422-9000770-422-9000, or fill out our online contact form for a free and confidential claim review. We return calls within 24 hours from our offices in Atlanta and Savannah.