A typical small, compact truck can weigh up to 5500 pounds, twice the size of a Honda Civic. Yet, the huge, bigger ones could weigh as much as 4 to 10 tons depending on their size and the material they are carrying.
Collisions involving two smaller vehicles can still lead to devastating results. The outcomes can be serious and even deadly. The crash may involve several types of damages including personal injury, broken body parts or even death; economic losses, automobile mechanic repair costs, and so on. However, the size of a tractor-trailer, rigs, tankers, semis, etc make the collisions deadlier due to the large impact involved. To add insult to injury, insurance companies have designed their policies to give you the minimum of repatriation damages. For truck owners, the commercial ownership system makes repatriation of injuries and losses even more difficult. That is where our truck accident lawyers come into place.
Our truck accident team has a vast amount of unique experience that makes them qualified to handle your case. When you’ve been involved in a serious truck accident, you need to be vigilant in all the necessary details including any possible witnesses, a detailed account of the whole incident, any possible evidence such as a wrong turn by the other vehicle’s driver, your insurance policy/coverage, medical insurance, etc. For a person involved in a truck accident, dealing with the physical and emotional turmoil is already too heavy on the mind and body. Hence, we Benton & Benton take utmost care in helping our clients navigate the complicated labyrinth of insurance. If you have been injured in a truck accident of any kind, Benton & Benton should be your first and last call.
There are so many circumstances that can lead to tragic accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, breaks up truck accidents into the following causes or critical reasons: driver, vehicle, or environment. Across these various causes following are some of the most common:
The size of these trucks with their respective loads of cargo can make stopping difficult. The general wear and tear these brakes endure during their journeys is considerable. With all of these factors considered, the brakes can and do fail. If an object of this mass is unable to slow down, the impact and impending collision can be severe. It is the duty of the trucking companies to regularly check their truck’s braking ability.
Many truck drivers are on a tight schedule with many deliveries to make. As a result, truck drivers in this situation resort to speeding to stay on time. With the size of the trucks, this can be a deadly combination. We know how to investigate these types of cases to prove the truck driver was speeding and the reason why the truck driver was speeding.
Trucks and large vehicles moving at such high speeds are inherently dangerous. If a driver becomes careless in the way they operate the results can be catastrophic. Even just a moment of failing to properly maintain a lane can be incredibly dangerous.
Long-haul drivers travel across the country taking their cargo from one destination to another. As a result, they are unfamiliar with the roads. This can create unsafe conditions as they try to navigate their way.
At times, a failure to load or pack the cargo correctly may cause unwarranted spills or environmental hazards such as volatile fires on the road. In this case, any other accidents caused as a result of the cargo are liable to the cargo owner and driver, depending on the situation.
This may include overgrown flora, weakened or erosion induced pavement that may cause the trucks to behave strangely on the road. Hence, in this case the compensation may be repatriated from the local government and responsible authorities.
In cases if the truck owners tried their best to maintain the truck, any other inherent fault in the truck’s wheels, tires, coupling systems, lightning and other parts may leave the truck unable to be controlled correctly. Hence, in such cases the faults lie with the manufacturers having to pay huge compensation losses.
Mostly, any maintenance work and construction needs to be warned in advance through adequate warning signs and barriers and space to keep the traffic away from workers. Hence, if a truck accident was caused by a faulty work zone, the responsibility lies with the negligent contractors or the local government who hired them.
- Drunk driving
- Road rage
- Driving under drugs influence
- Texting while driving
- Sleeping at the wheel
- Brake issues
- Unfamiliarity with roadways
- Traffic flow interruption (previous crashes, traffic congestion)
- Fatigue driving
- Distracted or
- Negligent behavior (going against the traffic laws on highways/motorways), etc.
While having some kind of injuries makes it a personal injury case, truck accidents are different, as the truck laws are heavily regulated. Hence, in order to hold the responsible parties accountable, you need to be able to present your case with all vital information as correctly as possible. It’s also important to hire truck accident attorneys with sufficient courtroom experience and negotiation skills, so they’re not intimidated by the convict party, their lawyers or insurance providers. Also, having extensive research methods to produce the required proofs and witnesses should only be left for skilled truck accident attorneys. However, for every state of the US, the truck accident laws may vary a little. Hence, it is vital that you hire a truck accident attorney closest to your local jurisdiction.
If done in the best possible manner, a truck accident lawsuit may earn you some or all of the following in compensation, depending on your situation.
Special damages are those that can be easily calculated, such as medical bills and lost wages. If you are a truck accident victim in Georgia and have medical bills from the accident and had to miss work and a paycheck because of your injuries, you have a claim for your medical bills and lost wages.
General damages are different from special damages in that they cannot be easily calculated like medical bills and lost wages. General damages are damages such as pain and suffering. Accident victims are entitled to both physical pain and suffering and mental pain and suffering. If you are a truck accident victim in Georgia and have suffered both physically and mentally due to the accident, you have a claim for pain and suffering.
As we’ve discussed above, obtaining compensation in a truck accident may be a daunting and extensive process, possibly stretching two to three months or even up to a year after the actual incident. Hence, it is important not to waste your time and money on inexperienced litigators. If you’re in Monroe, Georgia, you may contact our experienced truck accident attorneys to get the accident damages/recompense that you so rightfully deserve.
Rear-end collisions are a common type of truck accident. Usually, this is due to the truck driver following too closely or speeding. Because of the size of these large trucks, truck drivers must allow a certain amount of space between the truck and the car in front of the truck because of the difficulty it takes to quickly stop a truck. When rear-end collisions occur, we have the knowledge to investigate why and how the collision occurred to make sure the truck driver and truck company are held responsible.
Highway 138 brings tons of trucks into Walton County from metro Atlanta, and runs through the heart of Walnut Grove, Georgia and into Monroe, Georgia. If you are injured in a truck accident on Highway 138 in Walnut Grove or Monroe, We will leave no stone unturned in investigating your claim to make sure you are paid what you deserve.
Injured in an accident on Highway 78 in Loganville, Between, or Monroe? We know this stretch of highway like the back of his hand, and will bring much more knowledge of this area than an Atlanta attorney.
If you have ever walked through downtown Monroe, Georgia or Social Circle, Georgia, you probably noticed how many trucks pass through these towns on a daily basis. Have you been injured in a truck accident on Highway 11 in Monroe or Social Circle? Make sure you hire an attorney who knows this area well, not an Atlanta lawyer who has never driven down Highway 11.
Highway 81 runs through Loganville, Georgia and Walnut Grove, Georgia. Many trucks pass through these two towns each day via Highway 81. Because of the amount of traffic on this highway, truck accidents occur because of negligent truck drivers. If you have been injured on Highway 81 because of a truck company’s negligence, we will help you recover what you are owed in damages.
Injured in Good Hope, Georgia? There probably is a good chance that the accident occurred on Highway 83. If you are a victim of a Highway 83 accident, we can help you recover against the truck company.
I-20 runs through the south side of Social Circle, Georgia. With the interstate comes high speeds and many trucks, which means more severe accidents. If you have been in a truck accident on I-20 in Social Circle, Georgia, you need a local attorney to help you recover for your injuries.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident in Georgia, please call us at 770-365-6414 for a free case evaluation.