Atlanta 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers
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If you or a loved one have been harmed in a semi-truck accident caused by a negligent truck driver, contact the Atlanta 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers at Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, for your free consultation. Our law firm is ready to listen to you and help you understand your legal options. Call us nationwide, 24/7, at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) to speak with an attorney about your tractor-trailer truck accident claim.
According to National Safety Council, there were approximately 5,000 fatal commercial truck accidents that occurred in 2020. Although this was a 4% decrease in fatal accidents over 2019, the number of fatal truck crashes has increased by 33% since 2011. The accident involvement rate per 100 million miles traveled has also increased by 18% since 2011. 18-wheeler trucks are defined as any truck, excluding motor homes and buses, that have a gross vehicle weight rating of over 10,000 pounds. Both commercial and non-commercial large trucks accounted for:
- 4% of all registered motor vehicles.
- 9% of all motor vehicles involved in deadly accidents.
- 10% of total motor vehicle miles traveled per year.
Georgia & Federal Laws That Govern the Commercial Transport Industry
In a lot of 18-wheeler accidents in Atlanta, collisions with big rigs are often the result of Georgia traffic law violations (i.e. speeding, failing to yield while turning left, driving while intoxicated). In other accidents, violations of trucking regulations can establish liability on behalf of the trucking company, such as regulations and laws relating to:
- Alcohol and drug prohibitions and mandatory chemical testing.
- Appropriate training and supervision of truck drivers.
- Rules concerning driver physical fitness.
- Rules concerning securing loads and maximum load capacity.
- Hours of Service (HOS) rules limit truck driving sessions and require rest periods.
- Mandatory truck inspections and maintenance.
- Weight, height, and length limitations.
- Requirements for equipping commercial trucks.
- Proper supervision and training of drivers.
- Record keeping concerning Hours of Service.
- Record keeping of vehicle inspection/maintenance.
- Pre-hiring employment investigations and screening standards.
As such, 18-wheeler accident injury and wrongful death lawsuits often involve complicated State and Federal law.
While most commercial truck drivers operate their big rigs safely, other commercial truck drivers disregard safety regulations or cut corners with the consent of the transportation companies they work for to maximize corporate profits. Because a disregard for trucking regulations often causes truck crashes, accident victims must protect their legal rights and should consider retaining an experienced 18-wheeler collision attorney.
Our 18-wheeler accident injury and wrongful death law firm fights hard to recover full economic compensation under the law for trucking accident victims. Our experienced 18-wheeler accident lawyers at Montlick Injury Attorneys are ready to listen to you and ensure that your claim has filed before all legal deadlines. If you or a member of your family have been harmed in any type of accident caused by negligence, speeding, or aggressive driving, call us 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED to speak with our experienced Georgia 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers about your accident claim.
Common 18-Wheeler Accident Injuries
The common types of accident injuries suffered during an 18-wheeler accident in Atlanta are typically severe and life-threatening. Our law firm has represented 18-wheeler crash victims who have suffered injuries, including:
- Back / spinal injuries
- Broken bones
- Cardiac arrest
- Cuts & lacerations
- Head injuries
- Hearing loss
- Neck injuries
- Organ damage
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Wrongful death
If you or someone you love have been in an 18-wheeler accident, it is important that you or your loved one seek emergency medical attention no matter how you feel. This is because many accident injuries are internal, and not seeking emergency medical attention could lead to death.
Trucking Insurance Companies Attempt to Pay Less on Your Claim
After an 18-wheeler crash, an accident victim will file a claim with the negligent driver's semi truck accident insurance company. Although the at-fault driver's insurance company is mandated by Georgia Law to compensate the victim, insurers rarely make this process easy. In fact, tractor-trailer accident insurance companies are committed to profits and their stock shareholders. Therefore, insurance adjusters try to pay as little as possible on claims. Essentially, the insurance company's financial interests and your interests are at odds. Therefore, the trucking accident insurance company will try to decrease the amount of compensation that they pay accident claimants by the following techniques, among others:
- Blaming the victim for causing the collision.
- Questioning the severity of the victim's injuries.
- They offer an inadequate settlement offer hoping the victim will take low-ball offers.
- They say that the victim's accident injuries are from a previous incident and not the truck accident.
- They record victims' statements and use what they say against them.
Recovering Damages in an 18-Wheeler Accident Case
In Georgia, when a truck driver causes a crash that injures a person, that accident victim has a limited amount of time to pursue financial compensation for their losses, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Accident-related medical costs
- Rental car reimbursement
- Loss of earnings
- Property damage, including vehicle repair or replacement
An 18-wheeler accident attorney from Montlick Injury Attorneys can help you or your family member identify the full amount of damages to recover, file an accident insurance claim, and begin preparing the 18-wheeler accident injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Georgia Statute of Limitations / Important Deadlines to Meet
WARNING: Failing to comply with a statute of limitations will permanently bar your right to a recovery.
Legal Deadlines: The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Georgia is generally two years from the date of the accident, but there are exceptions that can greatly shorten or even lengthen the deadline!
Our experienced Atlanta accident lawyers can examine the circumstances and facts relevant to your case to determine which statute of limitations (deadlines) apply.
Insurance Policy Deadlines: Many injured people are surprised to learn that their own insurance policies (or sometimes those of a resident relative) can contain valuable insurance coverage. It is critical to keep in mind that insurance policies typically have timely notification deadlines which, if allowed to lapse, can result in the loss of valuable compensation and benefits.
Time Is of the Essence: In addition to legal and policy deadlines, retaining a lawyer can be key to evidence preservation. For example, with the passage of time accident witnesses can become difficult to locate, or they might forget important details. Other times, critical physical evidence can disappear or be destroyed.
Our legal professionals take the required actions to meet all important legal deadlines on behalf of our clients, and make sure that all essential evidence is collected and preserved when appropriate.
Put Montlick’s Decades of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!
Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, has recovered Billions of Dollars for our clients, Our legal professionals have the experience, knowledge, and reputation to provide you with the exceptional legal service that you deserve.
Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, are ready to review your 18-wheeler accident claims at no cost or obligation. Our attorneys can review the circumstances of your case to determine if you should take legal action. Call us 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) to speak with our Georgia Car Accident Lawyers about your claim and to get started with your free, no-obligation injury consultation. Our lawyers protect your valuable legal rights, and we can handle the trucking accident insurance company for you. If an insurance adjuster tries to offer you a low-ball settlement offer, call Montlick Injury Attorneys to fight on your behalf.
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) or use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.
Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law
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Atlanta, GA 30329
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