A truck accident can turn your life completely upside down. From injuries and medical bills to the emotional aftermath of an accident, victims in Marietta can feel overwhelmed—and be left searching for answers. Don’t go through this difficult time alone. Get help from a Marietta semi-truck accident lawyer.
Our truck accident lawyers have been getting results for victims just like you for over twenty years. We know how to negotiate with insurance companies and present the best case in court. We don’t charge any money unless you get compensated. Let us give you a FREE consultation and go to work for you. Fill out the form to the right or call us at (404) 341-6555 for your free consultation.
What are some common causes of semi-truck accidents in Marietta?
Every truck accident is different, but some causes come up over and over. The first stage in any truck accident claim is to investigate the cause of the accident. The police and insurance company will be part of this investigation, but a good lawyer will launch their own review of the evidence and even send out an investigator if needed. Knowing what caused an accident can help a lawyer determine who is liable for your damages.
The most causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver fatigue: Employers often have truck drivers drive long hours on the open road. Their destinations may be hundreds or thousand miles away. Under these conditions, driver fatigue is a real risk. There are laws for how long a driver can drive, but both companies and truck drivers don’t always follow them.
- Truck defects: Trucks must be properly maintained in order to be save enough to drive. Failure to adhere to scheduled maintenance (new tires for instance) can result in an accident.
- Improperly loaded or equipped trucks: Many large 18-wheelers carry a lot of cargo across the country. It is crucial that all of that cargo was packed carefully and properly. A piece of cargo that falls off of a truck on a highway can cause unimaginable damage. There are federal guidelines for packing cargo that truckers must follow.
- Unsafe driving: Negligent driving can also contribute to trucking accidents. This includes things like speeding, following too closely, running red lights, and not taking the necessary precautions when driving a large tractor trailer.
Any of these mistakes may count as a breach of duty by either the driver, the company, or a contractor used by the trucking company. This can help determine fault and give you the strongest case possible.
How do truck accident lawyers prove negligence?
Determining if the truck driver was “negligent” is an important piece in your case. If your lawyer can prove the truck driver was negligent and therefore directly responsible for your injuries, you may be entitled to a financial reward. Here is how we would prove negligence:
- Investigate if the truck’s maintenance schedule was followed properly
- Review the tuck company’s records to verify that federal and Georgia state trucking regulations were adhered to
- Inspect the driver’s credentials to make sure they had the proper licensing and training
- Review the truck driver’s actions to see if they followed all traffic laws, whether they were fatigued, and/or if they may have been under the influence
- Analyze the scene of the accident by interviewing witnesses examining police reports and photographs
- Identify any defects in the truck’s manufacturing
This is a short list of what a good truck accident lawyer can do for you. In addition to proving negligence, good lawyers will negotiate with insurance companies and build a case based on rock-solid evidence to get you the financial compensation you deserve.
What types of injuries are most common in accidents with 18-wheelers?
Truck accidents can be some of the most dangerous accidents on the road. Unfortunately, that means they also cause the most severe and debilitating injuries—and in many cases, even death. While no two accidents are the same, here are some of the injuries we see over and over in truck accident cases:
- Head injuries: Head injuries are common when a car hits a truck head on, but they can happen in many types of accidents. Concussions are the most common head injuries, but your head injury could be more severe.
- Traumatic Brain Injury: This is a much more serious head injury. Bleeding in the brain, subdural hematoma, and comas are all traumatic brain injuries that can happen from a truck accident. A TBI can lead to permanent personality and mood changes and a decline in cognitive function.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: The type and severity of a spinal cord injury depends on where the injury happens. Partial or total paralysis, impairment of the lower limbs or reduced capability in all four limbs are possible side effects of spinal cord injuries.
- Back and neck injuries: The force of impact in a truck accident can cause significant damage to the back and neck. Soft tissue and bones in the back that ae injuries can lead to chronic pain. And whiplash is a common neck injury in truck accidents.
- Bone fractures: A victim of a truck accident may experience broken legs, arms, ribs or fractures pretty much anywhere in the entire body. Some fractures never fully heal, and casts, surgery and physical therapy are sometimes required to treat them.
- Internal injuries: Damage to internal organs is common in truck accidents because of the force and mass of the truck. This can include torn or perforated organs, as well as damage to the rib cage which can lead to collapse of the lungs and other vital organs.
Unfortunately, many truck accident injuries are fatal. If you lost a loved one to a truck accident, you and your family DO have rights—and you almost certainly have a case. We don’t believe that money can ever make up for the loss of someone you love. We have seen firsthand, however, how monetary damages can help a family in the struggle of the aftermath.
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No victim should face a trucking company or their attorneys alone. Put our experienced lawyers on your side and level the field. Our goal is simple: get you the financial settlement that can give you peace of mind and allow you to start rebuilding your life. Let us give you a FREE consultation. Fill out the form to the right or call us at (404) 341-6555 for a free consultation.