18 Wheeler Truck Accident Lawyers in Albany, Georgia
18 Wheeler Truck Accident Lawyers in Albany, Georgia
Montlick & Associates: Legal Advocates For Albany Truck Crash Victims
Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, brings over 35 years of experience to your Albany, Georgia truck accident case. At Montlick & Associates, 44 attorneys and 170 legal staff members pride themselves on achieving justice for the victims and the families of those killed or hurt in Albany large truck crashes. We also treat each case as if it was our own case.
We fight hard on behalf of our Albany truck accident clients, striving to maximize their recoveries under the law. While each case is unique and results cannot be guaranteed, Montlick & Associates has achieved winning outcomes for our thousands of satisfied clients over our decades of practice. If your finances and future are at stake as a result of injuries sustained because of someone else’s negligence, contact our attorneys at Montlick and Associates for a free consultation as to your legal rights and options.
Large Trucks and Buses Are Everywhere
Large trucks rumble down the Interstates and State Roads of Georgia 24 hours per day. Albany residents do experience a significant amount of traffic from large trucks driving down State Road 82 or they may encounter them on I-75. Most of Georgia’s roads are filled with large trucks, and buses, in addition to passenger vehicles. All motorists must compete for what precious little space on the road is left.
Large Truck and Bus Facts
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), nationwide in 2015:
- Over 4,000 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal accidents, which is an eight percent increase from the previous year.
- That amounts to 1.7 deaths for every 100 million miles driven by all vehicles.
- Fatal truck and bus crash incidents have increased 20 percent from 2009 to 2015.
- The total number of crashes involving personal injuries grew by 62 percent from 2009 to 2015.
- The number of injury-related truck and bus crashes declined by two percent from 2014 to 2015.
- Crashes involving property damage only declined one percent from 2014 to 2015.
While large trucks cover many miles over the roads each year, the amount of fatalities and injuries that happen each year are cause for concern, especially when considering that the number of deaths shows an upward trend.
Safely Driving Near Trucks
The size and weight of large trucks and buses obligate drivers to be vigilant behind the wheel. Driving near large trucks and buses can be intimidating when operating a much smaller vehicle next to it. Passenger cars weigh close to 4,000 pounds on average. Conversely, large trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when carrying a full load of weight. The obvious size and weight difference between a large truck and passenger car makes driving near trailer trucks dangerous. Additionally, passenger cars and motorcycles quickly become lost in the truck driver's blind spots. Moreover, the height of the trailer creates a dangerous situation for passenger cars if the truck jackknifes. Smaller vehicles can go under the trailer, likely resulting in serious injury or death for the passengers.
Truck drivers owe a duty to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians to drive safely. Observing the duty of care involves:
- Understanding that stopping a truck loaded with freight takes longer than stopping the average car. The FMCSA estimates that a stopping a fully loaded tractor-trailer requires almost 600 feet.
- Additionally, large trucks have limited maneuverability. Therefore, truck drivers must maintain safe speeds and not weave in and out of traffic.
- Drivers must also follow federal and state regulations relating to maximum load weight, as well as ensure compliance with tie-down standards and anti-fatigue measures.
Failure to comply with these safety concerns and inability to follow the rules of the road will endanger fellow motorists. Most truck drivers are trained professionals. However, when a truck driver and his/her employer are liable for injuries or death caused by breach of a duty of care or violation of Georgia or federal laws, our attorneys at Montlick and Associates understand the complexity of trucking cases. Moreoever, we understand how seriously these accident change our clients lives and, in the appropriate cases, investigate the circumstances of the accident, including forcing the trucking company to preserve valuable black box data, inspecting the truck itself, interviewing witnesses and others. We fight hard on behalf of our trucking accident clients in order to obtain for them badly needed compensation, including compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, permanent disability, Pain and Suffering, and punitive damages if the at fault driver’s conduct rose to the level of gross negligence.
Put Our Law Firm's Over 35 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!
If you have been injured or lost a family member in a truck accident caused by negligence, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over 35 years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.
No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at https://www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour live chat.