Have you sustained a serious injury or lost a loved one as the result of an accident with a semi truck in the Atlanta Metro area? You aren’t alone. When a truck accident occurs, there is the potential for death and catastrophic injury to all the occupants of the car.
An accident with a large truck on Georgia highways can be one of the most devastating types of auto accidents. A fully loaded semi truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. In contrast, a midsize car weighs about 5,000 pounds. For this reason, it’s no surprise that injuries sustained in a truck accident can cause lifelong disability.
Addressing the Challenges of Truck Accident Victims
We understand the challenges you face because we’ve represented clients with several types of serious injuries following a Georgia truck wreck, including:
- Brain injury or head trauma;
- Spinal cord injury;
- Nerve damage;
- Neck and shoulder injury;
- Broken collarbones;
- Pelvic fractures;
- Broken bones; and
- Internal injuries.
These are serious injuries that require long-term care. They may affect the victim’s ability to support a family and enjoy life. We’ve worked firsthand with families of trucking accident victims in the Marietta area and throughout Georgia who may wonder how they can cope with both the physical injuries and economic impact.
Georgia trucking accident victims may be eligible for financial damages for injuries and other losses; however, they must fight the large trucking companies in order to get this compensation. For this reason, it is important to have an attorney with experience handling these cases.
Why is a Georgia semi truck accident handled differently from a regular auto accident?
Because commercial trucks are so large, they have the potential to cause devastating accidents. To prevent injury to the public, both federal and state laws regulate commercial truck drivers. Tractor-trailer drivers must get a certain amount of sleep, they must take breaks, they must refrain from using drugs and medications that affect driving ability, and they must make sure that their trucks are safe and their loads are secure.
Many truck drivers are paid by the mile and must adhere to strict timetables in order to keep their jobs, so trucking company pressure may compel truck drivers to take shortcuts and make unsafe decisions. Sometimes, truck drivers get behind the wheel even if they are too tired to drive. In order to stay awake, drivers may self-medicate. This negligent behavior puts everyone on the road at risk.
Trucking companies and truck drivers who behave recklessly should be held accountable for their negligence. If you have lost a loved one because of a commercial truck accident in Georgia, our attorneys can determine if the driver or the trucking company is responsible for the crash.
Providing the Legal Help You Need After a Truck Accident
To learn more about the rights of accident victims and what you can do to protect your case, request one of Shane Smith’s books: 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case and Property Damage Guide for Georgia. These books provide valuable tips from an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer and facts for Georgia injury victims and are available free of charge to Georgia accident victims and their families.
Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith today for a free consultation by calling (888) 927-6955.