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Covington Personal Injury Attorneys

Our Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates would like to welcome you to our legal blog. The blog is designed to provide helpful information to injury victims about their legal rights and remedies, and to promote family safety so that accidents can be prevented before they happen. While our attorneys and staff have provided information on many topics, we know that you may have specific questions based on your unique situation. We invite you to contact us for your free consultation with one of our Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyers so that we can evaluate your case, let you know about your legal rights and the steps that need to be taken to protect those rights, and to address your specific concerns and questions.

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.

Covington Truck Accident Attorneys

Our Covington truck accident attorneys recognize the impact a collision with a semi-truck can have on one’s life is qualitatively different than the typical motor vehicle accident involving another passenger car. The enormous disparity in mass, size and weight between a tractor-trailer and a passenger car means that collisions involving these mammoth vehicles almost always cause severe injury or fatalities for the occupant of a passenger vehicle. The force generated by a collision with a tractor-trailer is the equivalent of simultaneously slamming more than 25 passenger cars into a single passenger vehicle. It is little wonder that the party that suffers serious injury or dies in a Covington trucking accident is an occupant of the other vehicle virtually a hundred percent of the time.

When someone suffers the types of devastating injuries that are typical in a trucking accident, it can mean that a tractor-trailer accident victim is unable to work, to care for one’s family, or to engage in routine daily activities. The emotional impact of coping with the pain and suffering associated with significant injuries experienced in a Covington trucking accident may be intensified by the financial challenge of managing medical and household expenses while you are unable to work. It is not uncommon for a tractor-trailer accident victim to be partially or totally disabled from employment.

Our dedicated tractor-trailer accident attorneys negotiate aggressively with the insurance companies that represent trucking companies and truck drivers so that we can seek the full recovery for our clients. Our experienced Covington trucking accident lawyers investigate our clients’ trucking accidents by interviewing witnesses, reviewing accident reports, obtaining records from the trucking company, reviewing vehicle damage, seeking medical records and otherwise gathering relevant evidence. Our trucking accident lawyers, along with trucking industry experts, also typically analyze data stored on a tractor-trailer’s black box data recorder, driver logbooks, and other evidence to uncover the cause of a trucking accident, such as driver fatigue, truck driver inattention, speeding, or failure to perform proper tractor-trailer maintenance.

Factors Making Trucking Accident Litigation Special

The legal and factual issues involved in successfully pursuing a trucking accident claim are far different from those in an ordinary car accident. Aside from the difference in size between the vehicles, there are special issues that require legal representation by an experienced Covington trucking accident law firm, such as the following:

  • Knowledge of trucking industry practices regarding falsifying log books and altering or destroying evidence
  • Trucking industry specific laws and regulations that govern commercial carriers and truck drivers
  • Understanding of the customary practices within the trucking industry
  • The need for trucking industry and engineering experts to interpret key data and interpret crash data

Key Factors in Covington Trucking Accidents

While some of the factors that contribute to trucking accidents in Covington and throughout Georgia are similar to those involved in all motor vehicle collisions, including traffic violations, driver inattention, and impaired driving, there are also other causes that are more typically specific to the trucking industry. Some of the most common factors that cause Covington tractor-trailer collisions include:

  • Big-rigs that exceed maximum weight or length requirements
  • Unbalanced loads or loads that are not properly secured
  • Truck drivers that fail to comply with hours of service (HOS) rules
  • Failing to be aware of the presence of other vehicles in “no zones” (large tractor-trailer blind spots)
  • Non-compliance with rules governing pre-trip and post trip safety inspections
  • Logbook violations which mask driver fatigue
  • Improper screening of potential drivers by commercial carriers during the hiring process
  • Failure to conduct mandatory alcohol and drug screening
  • Violating traffic safety laws, such as speed limits and right-of-way rules
  • Unsafe roads
  • Defective tractor-trailer components
  • Improper maintenance of tires, brakes and other truck components

While liability in many trucking accidents in Covington and the surrounding area is based on truck driver negligence, commercial carriers sometimes attempt to shield themselves from liability by characterizing their relationship to the truck driver as an independent contractor relationship. The attorneys at our Covington trucking accident law firm have seen this strategy in many trucking cases and understand the best approaches to neutralize such tactics. The reality is that many times the trucking company’s own conduct directly contributes to causing a trucking accident. A commercial carrier may fail to adequately screen, train or supervise a truck driver. The trucking company may also tacitly or expressly approve truck driver violations of anti-fatigue regulations.

Semi-Truck Accidents: Compensation for Serious Injuries and Wrongful Death

While sometimes trucking accident victims are “lucky” and only suffer minor soft tissue injuries like dislocations, hyperextension, lacerations, abrasions, bruises and whiplash, this is rarely the case given the enormous force generated in a collision involving a vehicle that may weigh forty tons. If you are involved in a Covington semi-truck accident, it is far more likely that you may suffer permanent life-altering injuries, such as:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord damage resulting in paralysis
  • Loss of use or amputation of limbs
  • Potentially fatal damage to vital organs
  • Severe compound fractures and bone crush injuries
  • Wrongful death

The financial costs of medical care for these types of severe injuries can be financially devastating and easily reach tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars. We understand the challenge that faces a Covington trucking accident victim and the victim’s family when the stress of these types of expenses is added to the stress associated with recovery from a serious injury. We work diligently to obtain the financial compensation our clients need to recover and reclaim their lives.

If you or someone you love has suffered a serious personal injury or a loved one has died, our experienced Covington truck accident lawyers are committed to representing personal injury and wrongful death victims in obtaining compensation to rebuild their lives and support their families. Call now for your FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Covington tractor-trailer accident attorneys. Our attorneys are available to help you and may even visit you if needed. You can call us anytime 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for your FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website,, to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.

Covington Personal Injury Attorneys

Our Covington personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates have been taking on large corporations, big insurance companies, government entities, and private individuals that through lack of consideration or concern for the safety of others cause serious injuries and wrongful death. There are many forms of dangerous conduct that can cause devastating accidents resulting in life-changing injuries. Our experienced Covington personal injury lawyers handle all types of personal injury accident claims, including motor vehicle accidents, premises liability claims, medical malpractice claims, workers' compensation claims, construction accidents, dog bites, slip and falls, product defect claims and the full spectrum of personal injury cases.

Our Covington personal injury law firm is founded on the principle that those who are exposed to avoidable injuries caused by intentional, careless or reckless misconduct should be compensated for their loss. We also recognize that imposing civil liability on wrongful actors is the best way to shape future behavior to prevent other innocent parties from being harmed in the future. The civil liability system is a supplemental means of punishing those who commit misconduct and obtaining justice for victims of such misconduct. Because of our long tenure representing those who have suffered catastrophic, life-changing injuries and wrongful death, our experienced Covington personal injury lawyers are qualified to handle all types of personal injury cases including:

Covington Car Accident Claims (Motor Vehicle Collisions): There are millions of people injured and tens of thousands of people that die annually in motor vehicle accidents. Tragically, most of these car accidents could be avoided if drivers abstained from unsafe driving practices. There are 1,200 people injured and another 15 people who die on a daily basis in auto accidents caused by distracted drivers according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Alcohol-impaired drivers also continue to cause an enormous number of preventable fatalities, including 28 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents, 23 percent of fatal collisions involving passenger cars, and 22 percent of fatalities involving pickup trucks. Many times drivers exceed the speed limit while alcohol-impaired or distracted, making the risk of collision extremely high. Our experienced Covington car accident attorneys have been providing legal representation in all manner of motor vehicle accident claims since 1984, including the following: Passenger vehicle crashes, collisions involving commercial trucks (i.e. semi-trucks, big rigs, tractor-trailers, 18 wheelers), motorcycle wrecks, bicycle collisions with motor vehicles, drunken driving accidents, cell phone-related accidents, and pedestrians run down by motor vehicles. Our experienced Covington auto accident attorneys aggressively seek the financial compensation car accident injury victims need to overcome their injuries and get their lives back on course.

Covington Dog Bite Claims: It is estimated that dog bites account for as many as a third of all injury claims made against homeowner’s insurance policies. While even good dogs bite, dog owners are typically held accountable for dog attacks when dog owners have reason to know that their dog has violent propensities. While this is sometimes referred to as the “one bite rule,” this name is a misnomer because there is no truth to the notion that a dog gets one free bite. The dog only needs to have exhibited aggressive behavior in the past, such as lunging, charging, attempting to bite or other vicious behavior. Dog owners also may face a dog bite claim if they fail to comply with an ordinance prohibiting dogs from running at large. Dog attacks often result in serious physical disfigurement, broken bones, and other forms of serious injury. If you or someone close to you is the victim of a vicious dog attack, our experienced Covington dog attack lawyers carefully investigate our clients’ dog bite cases to develop the best legal theory for imposing liability and obtaining the financial compensation that our clients are entitled to receive.

Covington Wrongful Death Claims: Wrongful death claims are particularly difficult because there is no way we can truly obtain compensation for the loss our clients have experienced. There is simply no way to compensate a parent for the loss of a child or a spouse for the loss of their marital partner. We know that money cannot heal your emotional pain, but it can address the financial challenges that sometimes interfere with your grief and recovery. When a child loses a parent or a spouse loses their husband or wife, the loss of financial support can radically affect the future of family members that are left behind. Our Covington wrongful death attorneys seek compensation for the losses to the decedent’s estate, as well as compensation for the personal losses suffered by close family members to provide for the financial security of surviving loved ones.

Covington Workers' Compensation Claims: Most employees that suffer serious workplace injuries never anticipate being injured in the scope of their employment. When serious injuries occur, it may mean that you are unable to work for an extended period. The Georgia workers' compensation system provides specific benefits to employees injured in the workplace or while performing functions that benefit one’s employer, including free medical treatment, compensation for lost wages, and payments for permanent disability. When an employee has a workers' compensation claim, it is somewhat of a good news and bad new scenario. The good news is that virtually all workplace injuries or occupational illnesses will justify workers' compensation benefits. There is no requirement that you prove fault or negligence by your employer nor does it matter in most cases whether your own negligence has contributed to your injuries. While there are narrow exceptions if you are injured because you are impaired by drugs or alcohol or intentionally cause injury to your person, generally most injuries will be covered under your employer’s workers' compensation insurance coverage. The bad news is that many forms of compensation available in a personal injury action are not recoverable, such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, mental anguish, diminished quality of life and punitive damages. These damages are often the most substantial portion of the damages received in a personal injury claim. Our experienced Covington workers' compensation attorneys carefully analyze the facts and circumstances surrounding our clients’ cases so that we can determine if it is possible to file a personal injury action against a third party along with our client’s claim for workers' compensation benefits.

Covington Premises Liability Claims: When you are injured on the property of another, the process of obtaining compensation for your injuries can be complicated. While seeking compensation from a business for a hazardous condition like a spilled liquid on the floor, broken steps or other hazards, it will be necessary to conduct an investigation to determine whether the business owner has breached his or her duty of care. If you suffer injury on residential property, obtaining compensation may be much more difficult. There are many types of premises liability claims that our experienced Covington premises liability lawyers are qualified to handle, including negligent security cases, slip and fall accidents, animal attacks, swimming pool accidents and more. If you are injured on the premises of another, we offer a free consultation so that we can advise you of your options.

Covington Defective Products: If you are injured by a product that is defectively designed and/or manufactured or inherently dangerous and without adequate warnings, you may be protected by product liability law. Product liability law is designed to shift the burden to companies that produce and sell products to take adequate precautions to ensure their products will not cause injury to consumers. There are many defective products that may cause injury to innocent consumers, including motor vehicles, drugs, medical products, children’s products, consumer electronics, appliances, and more. If a defective product injures you or a loved one, you should keep all packaging and contact our experienced Covington product liability attorneys for a free case evaluation.

If you or someone you love has suffered a serious personal injury or a loved one has died, our experienced Covington personal injury lawyers are committed to representing personal injury and wrongful death victims in obtaining compensation to rebuild their lives and support their families. Call now for your FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Covington personal injury attorneys. Our attorneys are available to help you and may even visit you if needed. You can call us anytime 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for your FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.

Please Note:
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.