Tractor-trailers often weigh in at 80,000 pounds – 40 tons – compared to the average automobile weight of 5000 pounds. Generally these trucks need about 40% more time to stop than a car – or the length of two football fields. So when a loaded truck hits a car, the results can be serious, even catastrophic. Most deaths in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants. People traveling in smaller vehicles are just more vulnerable. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute a total of 3,660 people died in large truck crashes in 2014. Sixteen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 68 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.
At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Athens, Georgia truck accident lawyers provide compassionate and dedicated legal representation to those injured in big truck collisions as well as the family members of those killed in trucking wrecks. With over 33 years of experience, our firm navigates our clients through the complex state and federal laws surrounding commercial truck accidents.
There are many different causes of truck accidents. Many times violation of safety laws and other trucking regulations are involved. Causes can include:
Many commercial trucking accidents and 18-wheeler wrecks involve a variety of parties and truck owners. Our Athens trucking attorneys are committed to recovering the maximum compensation for our clients from all possible sources. An early investigation of the case is key.
Overall most large truck wrecks are caused by truck driver error – speeding, driving while fatigued, distracted driving and the like. Part of any investigation of these crashes however must include an assessment of how the truck was loaded before it got on the road. Errors made in the loading process can have serious consequences. Too much weight in an overloaded truck can compromise the integrity of a truck and its braking systems. Improperly distributed loads can shift during travel and cause the vehicle to lose its balance leading to a rollover crash. Moreover, loads that are not properly secured can result in items falling into the roadway – another hazard for the unsuspecting motorist. Importantly, the loading of the truck may not have been done by the driver, which could mean there is another source to look to for compensation for your injuries.
If you are injured in a truck accident caused by a negligent driver or company, you may be able to seek compensation from those responsible for your injury. There can be multiple at-fault people or companies in a truck crash - the truck driver, trucking company, persons/company handling loading of the truck, a manufacturer/designer of a defective part and others.
Compensation can include medical expenses, lost wages, future lost income stemming from permanent disability, and Pain and Suffering. If the actions of any of the defendants is considered grossly negligent, punitive damages may be claimed.
Our truck accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, offer a free consultation to injured truck accident victims during which we will examine the facts and circumstances of your accident and advise you on what steps are necessary to protect your legal rights.
Truck accident cases can vary considerably from those involving automobile accidents and usually require familiarity with federal and state trucking regulations. An experienced truck accident attorney can prove vital in the investigative process and being able to discern how many parties may have contributed to the crash. Our attorneys understand that trucking accidents have the capacity to turn your life upside down, resulting in costly care, financial problems due to the inability to work, tremendous disability, and others. We strive to achieve the best legal outcome for our trucking accident clients based on the circumstances of their cases.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a truck accident, contact the Truck Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. For over 33 years, our law firm has assisted thousands of injured clients across Georgia and the Southeast including the city of Athens. Our compassionate law firm offers you a free case review to explain your legal rights and the actions necessary to protect those legal rights.
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 a 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 www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.