Answers to Important Questions about Trucking Collision Injury Claims


October 09, 2016

Georgia Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorneys Provide More Answers to Important Questions about Trucking Collision Injury Claims

This second installment in our two-part blog post outlines key information for victims of trucking accidents. In this blog series, our attorneys continue to address frequent questions regarding tractor trailer accidents.  If you have been involved in a trucking accident caused by negligence, contact our attorneys for a free consultation as to your rights and options.

What Georgia laws govern the operation of tractor-trailers?

While commercial truck drivers are subject to the Georgia rules of the road that govern drivers of other motor vehicles, they also are required to obtain a special commercial license and comply with an extensive matrix of federal and state regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) promulgates regulations designed to promote safety and prevent trucking accidents at the federal level. These regulations impact a wide range of safety issues, including, but not limited to, driver fatigue, screening of potential hires, size and weight limits, drug and alcohol testing, and a wide range of other topics.  Violations of these regulations often provide a basis for imposing liability on a commercial driver or trucking company.

Is the process of negotiating a trucking accident claim similar to other types of motor vehicle accidents?

Trucking accident claims involve unique challenges that are not typically part of other motor vehicle accident claims. Log books that track issues such as driver fatigue are often inaccurate. Information like data from onboard digital recorders and other evidence can be destroyed or altered, so prompt action is necessary to preserve such evidence. Further, trucking companies often characterize a commercial driver as an "independent contractor" to minimize liability and to distance the company from a driver's negligence. Our tractor-trailer accident lawyers are familiar with such trucking industry practices and work diligently to protect important evidence as well as to unveil the reality behind a purported independent contractor relationship.

What should occupants of passenger vehicles do after being struck by a tractor-trailer in Georgia?

The priority after a trucking accident is to seek immediate medical care even if you only have minor symptoms. Serious injuries frequently do not manifest significant signs in the immediate aftermath of a trucking collision. Trucking companies and their insurance carriers have investigative teams that are equipped to arrive at the scene of a trucking accident shortly after a crash. These investigators are not objective and disinterested. The role of these types of investigations is to mitigate any costs or potential liability of the trucking company.  Therefore, if you have been involved in a trucking accident caused by a negligent driver, you should contact our attorneys at Montlick & Associates so that you can learn about your legal rights as well as what steps are necessary to protect those rights.  Do not delay in seeking legal advice, as you have a limited amount of time to pursue a claim.

What factors other than unsafe driving contribute to Georgia trucking accidents?

Although unsafe commercial drivers cause many trucking accidents, other types of factors that cause big-rig crashes include, among others:

• Failure to conduct adequate maintenance
• Negligent hiring, training, or retention of employees
• Defective tractor-trailers and components
• Inadequate route planning

Put Our Law Firm's Over 32 Years of Experience to Work For Your Truck Accident Case!

While this information may answer some of your questions, we invite you to contact us to acquire additional information about trucking accident cases. Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-two 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 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.

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Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.