Cobb County Truck Accident Attorneys
Victims of Cobb County tractor-trailer collisions typically sustain serious injuries that dramatically impact their lives. Injuries experienced in such accidents include compound fractures, crushed or broken bones, severe head and neck injuries, serious brain injury, internal bleeding and organ damage, severe brain damage, and permanent spinal cord injury. While the physical pain may be overwhelming to a trucking accident victim and his or her family, the emotional effects can be equally as damaging. The financial hardships only add to the stress as extended periods of disability or rehabilitation as well as exorbitant medical costs may drive families to the brink of potential bankruptcy. What can be more devastating are the severe financial consequences victims may face if they suffer partial or complete disability. Our Cobb County truck accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates understand the challenges and hardships that confront Cobb County semi-truck accident victims. For nearly three decades, we have been obtaining favorable compensation for our clients in trucking accident cases.
Unique Nature of Legal and Factual Issues in Cobb County Semi-Truck Accidents
Tractor-trailer accident claims are unique both in complexity and the types of issues that arise. These accidents require detailed knowledge of the complex regulations that are applicable to the commercial trucking industry. Our Cobb County trucking accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates are aware of evolving trucking industry regulations and observant of trucking companies’ unethical approaches to defending trucking collision claims, including the practices of destroying and altering crucial pieces of key evidence.
Our Cobb County trucking accident law firm is determined to work aggressively for you to protect black box recorder data from deletion and prevent attempts to repair damage on tractor-trailers to reduce the risk of losing critical evidence.
Statistical data involving truck crashes reveals the extensive harm caused by accidents involving semi-trucks. Approximately 12 percent of all fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents involve tractor-trailers although they account for a small percentage of the total vehicles on our highways and roadways. More than 95 percent of the time those who suffer serious injuries are those who occupy the other vehicle when a trucking accident results in serious injuries or even wrongful death. Considering a truck transporting a full load may weigh 40 tons, it is not hard to imagine that the vehicle occupant in the car, pickup or SUV is the individual that suffers injuries that result in permanent impairment of one’s mental or physical abilities. Our established Cobb County tractor-trailer accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates are well prepared and knowledgeable when handling cases involving these massive and uniquely dangerous vehicles.
Critical Cobb County Trucking Accident Evidence: Logbooks and Black Boxes
A crucial consideration in nearly all trucking accident cases is the evidentiary value of truck driver logbooks. Not only does this key piece of evidence contain necessary documentation related to the number of hours behind the wheel in a 24 hour or quasi-weekly period, it also contains information regarding compliance with mandated rest periods. Because drivers may feel compelled by their employers to drive for longer periods of time despite fatigue, drivers often tamper with their logs to satisfy their employers’ wishes. Despite the requirement of drivers to honor hours of service (anti-fatigue) regulations, it is a common practice for drivers to increase their income by disregarding and thereby violating these regulations. Trucking companies frequently approve such behavior since quicker transportation of goods equates to higher profits for trucking companies. Our committed Cobb County trucking accident lawyers perform detailed discovery in order to collect all relevant documentation to expose falsified driver log entries.
A crucial form of evidence regarding tractor-trailer accidents is black box data, which provides essential facts and information in order to establish fault in a Cobb County tractor-trailer accident case. Similar to the black boxes used on airplanes, black box electronic data recorders are computer devices that can provide key evidence, such as the number of hours of service, sudden braking data, speed data immediately prior to a collision, truck maintenance issues and much more. These black boxes provide essential unaltered data that may expose falsified information in manipulated driver logbooks.
Numerous factors cause semi-truck accidents in Cobb County and the surrounding areas in Georgia, some of which include the following:
- Overloading trailers and exceeding weight limits
- Drowsy or fatigued drivers
- Unbalanced or improperly secured loads
- Failure of truck companies to perform mandated alcohol and drug screenings of drivers
- Truck drivers that do not pay attention to “no zones” (large big-rig blind spots)
- Truck malfunctions due to vehicle defects or failing to properly maintain vehicles
- Unsafe roads or improper route choices, including opting to drive on steep, narrow, or windy roads
- Truck drivers attempting to meet unrealistic delivery schedules imposed by trucking companies
- Drivers violating phone text messaging bans and other driver regulations
Our knowledgeable and reputable Cobb County trucking accident lawyers are dedicated to representing tractor-trailer accident victims in securing the necessary compensation they need to rebuild and support their lives and families. If you or a loved one is a victim of a trucking accident, our skilled Cobb County trucking accident attorneys may be able to obtain the financial compensation you deserve, such as payment of medical costs, property damage to your vehicle, lost income and diminished future earning potential, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, negative impacts on one’s quality of life, burial or funeral expense and much more depending on your case’s specific circumstances. Call Montlick and Associates now for a FREE CONSULTATION with our experienced Cobb County trucking accident attorneys and we may even visit you if needed. Call us at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) 24 hours a day/7 days a week for a FREE CONSULTATION or visit us online at www.montlick.com for our 24-hour live online chat service or our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM.