Atlanta Truck Accident Law Firm
Involvement in a trucking accident can be absolutely devastating because of the basic laws of physics. These types of accidents can cause serious injuries resulting in years of rehabilitative care and even permanent injury or wrongful death. The intricacies involved in the successful pursuit of financial compensation for a trucking accident claim make it imperative to work with an experienced Atlanta truck accident law firm.
When a serious trucking accident occurs, commercial carriers may dispatch their experts and accident investigation teams to the location of a collision involving one of their big-rigs almost immediately. Trucking companies are so well prepared to begin formulating their defense to personal injury and wrongful death claims that the earlier you have someone on your side preserving vital evidence and protecting your interests the better.
Our Atlanta truck accident law firm has been taking on large trucking companies for nearly three decades. Our semi-truck accident lawyers have extensive knowledge of trucking industry practices and customs, commercial carrier insurance defense tactics and the typical forms of unsafe driving and maintenance that cause trucking collisions.
A big-rig transporting a maximum load can weigh 25 times more than a regular passenger car so the violent force of a collision can mangle the passenger vehicle beyond recognition. Due to the enormous size of an 18-wheeler, it is almost always occupants of the smaller vehicles that suffer permanent injuries or fatalities. Because our Atlanta semi-truck accident lawyers have both expertise and experience when it comes to knowledge of the trucking industry, its practices and defense tactics, our clients can rest assured that their legal affairs are being handled with care and diligence.
Understanding the trucking industry
In the United States, the trucking industry is often thought of as having two separate components: interstate trucking and intrastate trucking. Interstate trucking involves commercial trucks transporting freight across state lines. As its name implies, intrastate trucking involves trucks operating and carrying goods exclusively within the boundaries of the state. Both industries are heavily regulated, but some of the regulations differ between these two types of commercial carriers. If you are injured in a trucking accident, state and federal regulations will often play a fundamental role in the outcome of trucking litigation and settlements. Key issues subject to trucking industry regulations include:
- Medical certification for drivers
- Pre-employment screening of previous driving history
- Screening for substance abuse and random drug testing
- Use of mobile phones to text or talk
- Length and weight requirements for tractor-trailer combinations
- Proper securing and balancing of loads and freight
- Inspections and proper maintenance of trucks and trailers
- Mandatory rest periods and limits on consecutive hours of service
The federal agency responsible for enacting regulations that govern the trucking industry is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Since January 1, 2000, this agency's mission has been to reduce the number of accidents, injuries, and deaths on America's roadways resulting from large trucks and buses. Most trucking accidents in the Atlanta area result from the trucks and their owners'/drivers' failure to adhere to FMCSA's standards. Many gruesome tractor-trailer collisions in Atlanta and the other counties in the greater-Atlanta area are the tragic result of trucking companies that persist in operating their rigs in knowing violation of the rules in order to maximize their profits.
Evidence in semi-truck collision cases in Atlanta
Logbooks and black boxes are two critical pieces of evidentiary data used in trucking accident cases. Logbooks document the hours the vehicle has been driven and compliance with mandatory rest periods. Black boxes are data recorders that provide information relating to the truck's operation and maintenance. These black boxes are designed to record events immediately prior to impact that can explain why a big-rig crash occurred. Available information may include vehicle speed, braking, maintenance, and other critical data.
At Montlick & Associates, we recognize that such critical evidence may be the key to winning a Atlanta trucking accident case. Furthermore, our attorneys are aware of subtle, yet illicit, practices that some companies employ, such as tampering with log books and erasing or corrupting black box data. Our attorneys understand the appropriate precautions a plaintiff must take in order to preserve this information.
Financial compensation for injured victims
There are a multitude of serious injuries one can suffer in a serious trucking accident. The injuries our Atlanta tractor-trailer accident lawyers have seen include spinal cord damage, brain injuries, head trauma, severe burns, paralysis, back injuries and sometimes death. Any type of debilitating injury can have a profound and lasting impact upon its victim. The period of recovery may seem interminable with doctor's visits that seem to go on indefinitely. Grueling courses of physical and psychological therapy can add to the difficult road to recovery. The pain and emotional anguish is shared by families and loved ones.
The financial impact is felt at home where the injured party's absence from work may cause the monthly bills to pile up. Lost wages can mean missed mortgage payments and unpaid household expenses. College savings accounts may be zapped. Marriages can be put to the test. Our experienced Atlanta trucking accident team is here to assist our clients and may be able to seek damages relating to some or all of the following:
- Hospitalization, medical treatment, rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and future earning potential
- Loss of services and companionship from a spouse
- Reduced quality of life
- Property damage, including damage to your vehicle
- Emotional distress and mental suffering
- Funeral arrangements and burial costs
- Punitive damages
Be aware of your legal rights! If you or a family member has been injured or a loved one has died, our dedicated trucking accident attorneys are committed to helping clients financially recover so that they can focus on their physical recovery. Call now for your FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced tractor-trailer accident lawyers. Our attorneys are available to help you and may even visit you if needed. You can call us anytime 24x7 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.