Litigating tractor trailer accidents is often more complex than litigating car accidents. The Angell Law Firm is comprised of Atlanta truck accident attorneys who understand the fundamental challenges of helping Georgians seek compensation for injuries sustained in a truck accident. If you have been injured in an accident with a commercial motor vehicle, contact our office to learn about your legal options.Truck Accidents are Common in Fulton County and Throughout Georgia
Because of the vehicles’ weight and size, accidents involving trucks can be especially dangerous. In Georgia, more than 150 people die each year in accidents involving a large truck, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Home to the confluence of interstates 75, 85, and 20, Fulton County has led the state in truck accident fatalities every year since 2008. People injured in truck accidents or the families of those killed may be able to pursue damages by filing a lawsuit against the party responsible for the crash.Victims Can Allege Negligence in Court
Most truck crash victims who take legal action file a lawsuit that alleges negligence on the part of the driver or trucking company. To prevail, the plaintiff must prove: (1) The truck driver or trucking company owed a duty to the plaintiff; (2) the truck driver or trucking company breached that duty; and (3) the plaintiff’s injuries were caused, at least in part, by the defendant’s action or nonaction.
Truck accident plaintiffs may establish negligence in several ways, depending on the circumstances of the case. A truck driver has a duty to drive as a reasonable person would in a similar situation. Trucking companies have a duty to adequately train their employees, properly maintain their equipment, and abide by federal and state laws. If a truck driver or his employer breaches any of these duties and another person is injured as a result, the trucker or trucking company would be liable.
The causes of truck accidents are innumerable and include driver fatigue, speeding, aggressive driving, distracted driving, and alcohol or drugs. An experienced attorney can get to the bottom of what caused the truck accident responsible for your injuries and help you seek to hold the negligent party accountable.Contact a Knowledgeable Lawyer Immediately
Although it may not be a truck accident victim’s first thought, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as practicable after a truck accident, even if you are still on the scene. Many trucking companies keep their attorneys on call 24/7 to respond to the scene of an accident in order to minimize liability. It is important for the injured party to be represented as soon as possible to avoid evidence spoliation — a legal term that refers to the destruction, loss, or alteration of relevant evidence to a lawsuit. In a truck accident lawsuit, there is important evidence an experienced truck accident attorney knows should be preserved, including but not limited to:
- Driver logs;
- Phone records;
- Insurance policies
- Employee records; and
- Inspection reports.
If you have been involved in a truck accident, call a lawyer right away to ensure that your rights are protected.Compensatory and Punitive Damages May be Available
Damages available to the victim of a truck accident include compensation for damage to a vehicle, hospital bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. These damages are called compensatory damages. In some cases, such as truck accidents where the driver was under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol, plaintiffs can also seek uncapped punitive damages.An Experienced Attorney Can Help
The aftermath of a truck accident can be confusing, costly, and painful. The Atlanta truck accident lawyers at The Angell Law Firm have helped many Georgians involved in truck accidents recover the compensation they deserve. If you have been hurt in a truck accident, call our office at (770) 217-4954 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free case evaluation.