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, www.montlick.com, to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.