Trusted, Experienced Representation Truck Accident Victims Can Rely On
Truck accidents are different. Semi trucks traveling between Georgia and South Carolina on I-85 or through Atlanta on I-75 or I-20 are essential for moving the goods we all need. But their size and weight, and the demands of 24-hour-a-day commerce mean truck drivers are always under pressure to deliver.
Too often, this means they drive too fast or with too little sleep. With an 80,000-pound truck moving at 65 miles per hour, it doesn’t take much for a driver to lose control. For any motorists in the vicinity, that can mean catastrophic injuries or death. At Glenda Mitchell Law Firm, we can help you and your family after such a crash. We understand how disorienting dealing with lawyers and insurance companies can be, and we can help.
You Need An Attorney On Your Side
Another element of truck accidents that is different is the defense. Many truck companies have dedicated teams of insurance investigators and lawyers who respond quickly after a crash.
When a truck is involved in a crash, the driver may call from the accident scene, or the truck driver may have real-time communications with the truck’s headquarters, which can immediately dispatch a team to the accident scene. Their job is to minimize the cost of the accident to the company.
Because of this and the complexity of a truck accident, you want your own attorney who can protect your rights for compensation and help you navigate the convoluted legal world of large trucking companies, their insurance companies and multiple other entities. We strive to answer all of your questions with personalized representation.
The Black Box In Truck Accidents
Truck accident lawsuits are aggressively defended by trucking companies and commercial insurers. Because of this, it is especially important for us to present compelling evidence that the truck driver or trucking company was negligent. Much of that evidence can come from one source: the “black box.” Commercial trucks (and many personal-use vehicles) contain what are known as event data recorders. They keep a record of how the vehicle was performing in the moments leading up to the crash. The data could include the truck’s speed and acceleration, whether the driver tried to brake, engine performance, tire pressure, GPS location and more.
This data often provides the information necessary to reconstruct a crash and determine its cause. Too often, defendants try to keep this black box evidence away from plaintiffs or claim that it was lost. When you hire our firm, we work quickly to secure the black box data and all other available evidence helpful to your case.
Common Causes Of Truck Accidents
Although drivers of smaller vehicles sometimes cause truck accidents, the at-fault parties tend to be truck drivers, trucking companies and others associated with the industry (like warehouse workers who load and unload freight). Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Fatigued or drowsy truck drivers
- Speeding, distraction and aggressive driving
- Truckers driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol
- Vehicle problems like worn-out brakes or bald tires stemming from a failure to inspect, repair and otherwise maintain the truck
- Cargo loads that are unbalanced, improperly secured or too heavy
- Inability to see reflectors and lights at night because the truck is dirty
- Missing safety equipment, like underride guards, that could prevent or greatly decrease the severity of an accident
Who is liable in these auto accident cases? Whether the truck driver or trucking company was to blame, the trucking company is ultimately liable. Financial responsibility also extends to the company’s commercial insurer.
Contact Us To Discuss Your Options In A Free Consultation
Time is of the essence after a truck crash or any collision involving a commercial vehicle, so call us as soon as you are able. In Georgia, call our Cartersville office at 678-721-0417. In South Carolina, call our Greenville office at 864-326-3073 or use our convenient form to set up a free initial consultation.