Being in an accident involving a semi-truck can be very serious. Long-lasting injuries or death can occur as a result of having such a large vehicle crash into yours. Passenger cars are at a huge disadvantage if they are hit by an 18-wheeler. If you have been in a tractor-trailer accident, there is a lot at stake, and an experienced Georgia personal injury attorney can make sure your accident is resolved to the fullest extent under the law.
Because of the threat trucks pose on the road, Georgia has specific regulations that apply to trucks. If trucks drive in and out of state, federal regulations will apply. These regulations are made by the United States Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
For trucks that only drive in-state, Georgia law applies. While there are some distinctions, generally these regulations require truck drivers and truck fleets to:
If the driver or truck company that caused your accident is found to have violated these regulations, it can help prove your case to a judge or jury.
Some truck accidents are caused by the same things that cause vehicle accidents:
Other accidents are caused by circumstances more unique to 18-wheelers:
Personal injury attorneys see a variety of common truck accidents, including:
You should stay at the scene and call the police. You should also exchange contact and insurance information with other drivers, but do not discuss who was at fault. Start creating a record of your accident by taking photos and videos of the scene. Contact your insurance company to report the accident and also contact a lawyer to see that your interests are protected.
Truck accidents can be catastrophic. There can also be numerous parties at fault. For example, insurers, drivers, trucking companies, truck part manufacturers can all be found to be “on the hook” for your injuries. Because of the high stakes and the number of people and companies that can be involved, hiring an attorney as soon as you can is advisable.
Hiring an attorney will mean that you will get the money damages set forth by Georgia law. Most people undervalue the amount they think they are owed. It is critical that you be compensated for all damages that you have experienced thus far and that you will experience for the rest of your life. Call a featured lawyer on this website to get a free consultation from one of our experienced Georgia truck accident attorneys.
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n order to best know if an attorney is the right one for you, you should meet with them in person or schedule a phone consultation. A positive attorney-client relationship is critical in a successful truck accident case so you should always ensure that you get a good feeling from an attorney before you decide to hire them. You want to stay apprised of new developments in your case and ensure your attorney is not too busy to address your questions or concerns as they arise. At USTA, we provide personalized and committed representation and invite anyone who believes they may have a truck accident claim to call and schedule a free consultation today.GET STARTED