18-Wheeler Truck Accident Lawyers in Macon, Georgia
18-Wheeler Semi Tractor Trailer Truck Accident Lawyers in Macon, Georgia
Vehicle collisions are fairly common, and even between two cars, the injuries suffered by the drivers and passengers involved can be catastrophic. When an accident occurs involving a truck, the likelihood of injury is increased immensely by the sheer size of these vehicles. Trucks typically weigh between 20 and 30 times as much as cars, making truck accidents some of the most devastating accidents to occur on the roadways across Georgia.
Given the severity of the injuries often caused by trucking accidents, it can be important for truck accident victims to seek experienced advocates who are ready to fight on their behalf. For decades, Montlick & Associates has been fighting hard for Macon victims in personal injury cases, working tirelessly to ensure that our clients obtain the maximum compensation to which they are entitled under the law.
Trucking Accidents and Negligence in Macon, Georgia
The majority of trucking accidents are caused by negligence. Negligence occurs when a person acts in a way that a reasonably prudent would not act under the same circumstances. Any driver can be negligent, and it is not always the case that the driver of a truck was negligent in an accident. However, when a truck is involved, the likelihood of the accident causing serious injuries is increased. In the event of an accident between a car and a truck, the behavior of each driver will be closely examined. Evidence that the truck driver, by way of example, followed too closely behind a car, exceeded the speed limit, fell asleep at the wheel, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or was texting at the time of the accident can normally give rise to a personal injury claim due to negligence on the part of the driver.
What Causes Accidents Involving Commercial Trucks?
Most truck drivers carry-out their job duties carefully and in consideration of other drivers. Many companies also heavily rely on them to transport goods across the country. Any driver can cause a collision, but there are certain factors specific to trucks that increase the likelihood of accidents occurring. As mentioned, trucks are much larger than cars. As a result of their size and weight, it takes them much longer to stop than a regular passenger car. This issue can be made worse when the truck is driving through rain, snow or on slick roads. As a result, an inattentive truck driver may be more likely to cause an accident than would a driver of a passenger vehicle, because a truck driver has less time to react in such situations.
The nature of the trucking profession can further add to the risks of truck related collisions. Commercial truckers are often on the road for extremely long stretches of time. They are permitted by law to travel eleven hours at a time, and can travel as many as 77 hours in a week. These long hours are enough to create fatigue in a driver, and yet many truckers admit to traveling farther than the law permits. As a result, truck drivers might not always be as attentive as they ought to be considering the size and potential risks presented by their vehicles.
If a Truck Causes an Accident, Who is Legally Liable?
In accidents involving trucks, the party who will be legally liable will depend on certain factors, including whether the driver was an employee or independent contractor. When a driver is an employee, it is often the case that the company will be liable. If the driver is an independent contractor, holding the hiring company liable will be more challenging, but could be possible if the company was negligent in hiring the driver, such as, by way of example, knowing or having reason to know that the driver had a record of dangerous driving. However, even independent contractors normally carry commercial liability insurance. Other potentially liable parties could include the manufacturer of a defective trucking component if mechanical failure is to blame for an accident.
Our attorneys at Montlick & Associates understand how severely trucking accidents affect the lives of victims and their families, resulting in costly medical care, lost wages, permanent disability, Pain and Suffering, and others. If you or a loved one suffered an injury in an accident involving a truck in or around Macon, contact our Macon, Georgia truck accident law firm to discuss your claim with one of our experienced truck accident attorneys to learn about your legal rights as well as what steps are necessary to protect those rights.
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A truck accident can inflict considerable damages to your family and finances. However, you should not delay in seeking legal assistance, as you have a limited amount of time to pursue a claim. 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.
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