Trucking Accidents

A commercial truck may weigh as much as 80,000 pounds while passenger cars weigh only around 3,000-5,000 pounds. Trucks are top-heavy vehicles that could roll over onto other cars, and the trailer on a tractor-trailer could jackknife out and cause serious damage to other vehicles on the road. Cars could even slide underneath a truck in a collision, causing serious and often fatal injuries to occupants of the passenger vehicle.

For all of these reasons, truck accident claims are often high-stakes claims where victims suffered permanent injuries or where wrongful death actions are pursued on behalf of loved ones killed in a collision. If you or a family member was involved in a truck accident and if you experienced injuries or losses, it is essential that you understand your legal rights. An Atlanta truck accident lawyer at the Law Office of Brian C. McCarthy is here to help you. Call today to schedule a free consultation with a member of our legal team for an evaluation of your case. You can also get answers to questions including:

  • Who is responsible for my truck accident injuries?
  • What should I do if I was involved in a truck accident?
  • How can an Atlanta truck accident lawyer help me after a collision?

Who is Responsible for My Truck Accident Injuries?

After a truck accident, a truck driver can be held legally liable for resulting injuries if you can prove that the driver was negligent or that the driver broke federal or state safety rules and regulations. There are many causes of truck accidents and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has identified top causes of collisions including:

  • Drivers speeding or going too quickly for current weather and road conditions
  • Drowsy driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Impairment by prescription or over-the-counter medication, alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Drivers' making inaccurate or dangerous assumptions about other motorists on the road
  • Aggressive driving behavior including tailgating
  • Truck loading problems including unbalanced loads or loads that haven't been properly secured

These are just some of many situations where truck drivers may make careless decisions or dangerous mistakes that could make the driver liable for losses.

In addition to truck drivers, others may also be responsible for truck accidents as well. This could include manufacturers of defective trucks; mechanics that fail to provide reasonably-competent maintenance, or road designers that create unsafe conditions.

Trucking companies, too, can be held legally liable for losses and damages caused by collisions. Companies that employ truckers can be liable if their policies and practices were negligent, but are also held legally responsible for any dangerous or careless actions their employees took while on-the-job.

With multiple potential defendants in truck accident cases, it is important to speak with an experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyer for help deciding who to make a claim against to recover compensation for losses.

What Should I Do if I Was Involved in a Truck Accident?

If you were involved in a truck accident and the collision was caused by the trucker or another third party, you should pursue a claim for compensation. You can file a personal injury or wrongful death claim and prove your case in court, or you can try to negotiate an out-of-court settlement with the insurer for the driver, trucking company or other defendant.

It is up to you to prove that the trucker was negligent and thus should be held responsible for losses. In many cases, you can create a presumption of negligence by showing that the driver violated safety rules and regulations. In addition to state laws applicable to all drivers, truckers must also follow rules set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, including regulations on truck inspections and maximum hours-on-duty.

How can an Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyer Help Me After a Collision?

At the Law Office of Brian C. McCarthy, PC., we have extensive experience representing victims injured in truck accidents. We understand how the law works in these complicate claims and we'll do everything possible to make the law work for you to get the money you deserve.

We serve clients in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Marietta, Athens, Buckhead, Decatur, Roswell, Newnan, Lawrenceville, Fayetteville, Douglasville, Cumming, Savannah, Macon, Fulton County, DeKalb County, Cobb County, Forsyth County, Cherokee County, Clayton County, Henry County and all of north Georgia. Call today to speak with a member of our legal team and learn more about how an Atlanta truck accident lawyer can represent you.