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. As truck accident attorneys, we’ve represented clients with many types of serious injuries following a truck wreck, including:
- Brain injury or head trauma
- Spinal cord injury
- Nerve damage
- Neck and shoulder injury
- Broken collarbones
- Pelvic fractures
- Broken bones
- 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 the economic impacts.
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.
How Is a Georgia Semi-Truck Accident Different From Other Auto Accidents?
Commercial trucks have the potential to cause devastating injuries and death. Because of this, both federal and state laws regulate commercial truck drivers. When you are injured in a crash with a semi-truck, you need an attorney who has experience with trucking laws and understands what it takes to recover from catastrophic injuries. Truck crashes differ from passenger car accidents in the following ways:
- Truck drivers are subject to different laws. Under federal and state laws, 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 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.
- Victims may suffer life-altering injuries and death. Occupants of smaller vehicles involved in crashes with trucks are more likely to suffer devastating injuries such as paralysis, traumatic brain injury, amputations, and serious fractures. These injuries could lead to a need for life-long treatment and support. An experienced truck accident attorney will not settle for less than you need.
- More than one party may be liable. While the driver may be liable for causing a truck crash, his employer, the owner of the truck, and others involved with loading and maintaining the truck may also be liable. Our attorneys will identify all liable parties.
Trucking companies and truck drivers who behave recklessly should be held accountable for their negligence. If you were seriously injured or have lost a loved one because of a commercial truck accident in Georgia, our attorneys are prepared to handle all aspects of the case.
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 are available free of charge to Georgia accident victims and their families.
Contact Shane Smith Law today for a free consultation by calling (888) 927-6955.