18-Wheeler Truck Accident Injury Attorneys in Atlanta
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That anxious, claustrophobic feeling you get when you see a big rig in your rearview mirror is justified. Truck accidents happen in milliseconds, bringing emotional and physical scars that can last a lifetime.
From I-285 to I-20, I-85 to Georgia 400, Atlanta roads and highways are filled with big rigs and other commercial trucks every moment of every day. While most truck drivers operate their trucks safely, the sheer size and speed of 18-wheelers means that danger remains present. When medical bills and unanswered questions start mounting after a truck accident, turn to Montlick—the law firm with a billion dollar track record.
Trucking Companies Work Fast. So Do We.
The trucking companies and their insurance partners work fast to build their defense after an accident. You should have the same advantage. The moment we begin working with a new client, our legal team immediately starts the investigation process, gathering and preserving crucial evidence to keep your case as strong as possible from the outset. We know the unfair tactics companies and their lawyers will use to avoid paying you. At Montlick, our goal is to put the most money possible in your pocket, where it belongs. Contact us today.
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We take on insurance companies and work hard to get the money your case deserves for your medical treatments, lost earnings, pain and suffering, auto repairs and more. That’s the kind of legal service we have provided for over 39 years.
The Representation You Deserve
Following a serious injury, individuals and families have a lot at stake. That’s why every case we take on, we take personally. We promise to fight tirelessly for the full value of our clients’ claims.
When you choose us, you choose:
- Free consultations
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- Fierce representation
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The Stakes Are Too High Not to Choose Montlick.
The economic burden of a tractor-trailer truck crash and accompanying medical expenses adds tremendous amounts of stress to accident victims. Insurance companies understand how the stress affects claimants, and they regularly try to take advantage of the claimant’s state of mind. Insurance claims adjusters’ top goal is to pay out as little as possible or avoid paying anything on a claim. According to an Insurance Research Council (IRC) study:
- 85% of personal injury victims who received a payout were represented by legal counsel.
- On average, injury victim claimants who retained attorneys received 300% more financial compensation than those who did not retain legal representation. In our experience, when it comes to serious trucking accidents, the numbers are usually significantly greater.
Preserving Evidence Is Critical
Have you or a loved one been injured, or did you lose a family member in a truck accident in Atlanta, Georgia? If so, it is essential to preserve crucial accident evidence immediately before it disappears or is altered. Our experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyers will evaluate your case for free, and conduct a thorough investigation of all client cases that includes appropriate evidence preservation actions.
The difference between winning and losing is proving causation. This means that a plaintiff has to prove that the other party was responsible for causing your injuries. Your claim will need certain evidence to prove causation, which can include eyewitness testimony, photographs, videos or other physical evidence from the scene of the accident and more. Your case could also require medical records showing your injury or damages were caused by the accident. A Montlick attorney can take charge of these complicated aspects of your case while you focus on healing.
Why You Need an Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyer
Tractor-trailer truck accident victims and their loved ones are at a disadvantage after being involved in collisions caused by these commercial vehicles. The first few days after an 18-wheeler accident can be overwhelming, emotionally trying, and physically painful. Trucking companies and their insurers know how to capitalize on victims’ trust and their lack of knowledge and experience of the accident claims process. The trucking companies and their insurance partners work fast to build their defense after an accident. You should have the same advantage.
Delay can be costly
Preserving evidence in a trucking accident is critical. Unfortunately, a collision between a tractor-trailer which could weigh as much as 80,000 pounds can cause catastrophic injuries to the occupant of a smaller vehicle. The trucking companies can have massive financial exposure if their driver is at fault, and these companies will go to great lengths to try to minimize the claim. Often, they will dispatch a team to the scene of an accident to begin collecting evidence.
The sooner you hire an attorney to protect your rights the better. Your attorney will fight to preserve evidence favorable to you. This includes evidence such as the truck’s “black box” which, similar to an airplane’s black box, records certain information about the truck’s speed, use of brakes, and other details about the trucker’s actions that could be critical to your case.
Additionally, there are legal time frames that must be complied with to avoid losing valuable rights. Insurance policies can also contain notification requirements and time deadlines.
The goal of trucking insurance companies, as for-profit corporations, is to increase revenues and grow profitability by collecting monthly premiums while their accident claims adjusters work hard to delay, deny and minimize the amounts paid in claims. The sooner you get an experienced truck accident attorney involved in helping you with your case, the greater your chance of success.
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Some trucking accident victims who directly communicate with insurance carriers unwittingly jeopardize the monetary value of their claims. Trucking accident insurance companies do not want you to communicate with or retain an experienced personal injury attorney, as their own insurance industry research proves that they statistically pay out significantly larger monetary compensation to accident claimants who are represented by a lawyer.
Recorded Statements – Insurance accident claims representatives often attempt to record phone calls when speaking to trucking accident victims in order to uncover information they can later use against the injured person. It is never a good idea to give a recorded statement before speaking with a knowledgeable trucking accident attorney.
Quick/Low Ball Settlement Offers – Insurance companies and commercial trucking companies will sometimes try to exploit an injured person’s stress following an accident by offering a settlement quickly. While the idea of a quick settlement might seem appealing as medical and repair bills add up, these fast settlements are often “lowball” offers, made before the extent and long-term effects of injuries are known. Once a case is settled, it cannot be reopened, and should a person’s injuries prove more severe and expensive than initially thought, they would be left without recourse.
Fighting for Your Maximum Financial Recovery – It is crucial for injury victims to remember that the insurance companies do not typically have your best interests at heart. Insurance company adjusters might make settlement offers during the early stages of an injury and property damage claim – well before the full extent of the person’s injuries are diagnosed. Insurance company adjusters’ primary goal is to minimize the value of your claim and provide you with as little money as possible. You should never accept a settlement from an insurance company before consulting with an experienced, licensed Georgia truck accident attorney.
At Montlick Injury Attorneys, our experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyers will take all actions necessary to protect your valuable legal rights, and fight hard to get you the maximum compensation you deserve. Do not tackle the insurance company alone; put our firm’s 39 years of legal experience to work for you.
If you have been injured in a large truck accident in Atlanta, Georgia, you may have the right to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In some cases, you could also pursue additional compensation in the form of punitive damages, or against multiple defendants.
Common Causes of Tractor-Trailer Accidents in Atlanta, Georgia
You should never accept a settlement from an insurance company before consulting with an experienced, licensed Georgia truck accident attorney.
Not a paralegal or legal assistant—an attorney.
Some factors that can contribute to truck accidents include:
- Unsafe operation by the truck driver, including distracted driving and cell phone use
- Poor truck maintenance
- Truck driver inexperience
- Mechanical failure
- Truck driver fatigue
Truck Driver Fatigue
A particularly common problem among long-haul truck drivers is fatigue. Fatigue is defined as the tired, sleepy feeling a driver experiences while operating a commercial motor vehicle. Long hours spent on endless stretches of road, tight deadlines and demanding schedules all contribute to this condition and can result in impaired judgment of the big-rig driver behind the wheel.
Another common problem in the trucking industry is overloaded trucks. Exceeding the mandatory weight requirements leads to unsafe driving, making the tractor-trailer difficult to control and brake in time to avoid an accident. In addition, overloaded trailers, shifting loads, or trucks improperly loaded can cause problems such as flying debris, jackknifing, or overturning. Jackknifing and rollovers, though not as common as other types of truck accidents, can result in critical injury to the driver or other motor vehicle operators, as well as massive damage to the vehicle.