Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Truck Accidents
Big-rigs, 18-wheelers, and semi-trucks are a common sight on our roadways. There are approximately 15.5 million trucks operating in the United States at any given time, and these commercial trucks are responsible for transporting $671 billion worth of manufactured and retail goods in the United States. Commercial trucks typically carry heavy loads and, unfortunately, truck drivers spend long hours behind the wheel, often under pressure by their employers to stick to strict delivery timelines, all of which can contribute to an increased risk of catastrophic truck accidents. The following are some frequently asked questions regarding truck accidents.
How Common Are Truck Accidents?
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 116,000 injury crashes involving large trucks or buses in 2017, and that same year, there were 4,455 fatal truck and bus accidents.
What Makes Commercial Trucks So Dangerous?
The sheer size and weight of commercial trucks make them difficult to control and maneuver and significantly increases the risk of passenger car occupants suffering severe or fatal injuries in the event of an accident with a commercial truck. Compared to the average passenger car, which weighs about 3,000 pounds, a semi-truck carrying a full load can weigh in at more than 70,000 pounds.
Who is Responsible for a Truck Accident?
There are many different parties that can be held responsible for a commercial truck accident and the harm suffered by accident victims. The truck driver is the most obvious potential defendant in any truck accident case, but there are other parties that may share responsibility for the accident. This includes the trucking company, the owner of the truck, the company that manufactured the truck or truck parts, or the cargo loader, among other parties.
How is Liability Established in a Truck Accident?
Liability in truck accidents is one of the foremost concerns for accident victims struggling with serious injuries or survivors mourning the death of a loved one. Holding the responsible party liable for the resulting damages is the best way to recover adequate compensation and that takes a great deal of time and expertise. When you hire a truck accident lawyer, your lawyer will conduct an investigation into the factors that contributed to the accident in order to determine who is at fault.
Can I Sue the Trucking Company for My Injuries?
Depending on the circumstances of the commercial truck accident, you may be able to sue the company that employed the driver for your truck accident injuries. Generally speaking, a trucking company is legally responsible for the actions of drivers occurring in the course of their employment, and there are certain negligent actions that may lead to the trucking company being held liable. For instance, if your attorney can prove that the driver was not properly trained or carried an invalid commercial license, the truck company may also be liable for the driver’s negligence.
What Should I Do if I Was Injured in a Truck Accident?
Your first step after seeking medical attention for your injuries should be to hire an experienced truck accident lawyer to review your case and determine whether you have a valid claim. The sooner you retain an attorney, the sooner he or she can get to work building a strong case on your behalf.
What Should I Look for in a Truck Accident Lawyer?
The three main qualities you should look for in a truck accident lawyer are experience, confidence and a proven history of success. First, you want a lawyer who has experience handling truck accident claims and who understands the nuances of the special laws and regulations that govern the trucking industry. Second, you want an attorney you feel comfortable with and who is supremely confident in his or her abilities. Finally, you want a lawyer who has a proven track record of success litigating truck accident claims. The partners at Georgia Injury Attorneys fit the bill. Please call us at: (404) 892-2229.
Georgia Injury Attorneys Partners: Chrisna Jones, Esq. (Managing Partner), Jamie S. Cox Esq. (Partner), Brian D. Poe, Esq. (Chairman)
Office Locations: Atlanta, Buckhead, Dunwoody/Sandy Springs, and Union City/Fairburn (South Fulton)