Roswell Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorneys
Car accidents involving large-scale commercial trucks are inherently more dangerous than an accident involving smaller passenger vehicles. Due to their size and instability, when such trucks are involved in an accident, they roll over more than 13% of the time, as compared with only a 1.6% rollover accident rate for passenger vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), large trucks are more than twice as likely to be involved in an accident as a traditional passenger car. Due to the size and influence of the trucking industry, commercial carriers and truck drivers have access to virtually limitless resources when defending against Roswell truck accident claims. This includes dispatching rapid response accident investigation teams to a trucking accident scene.
Trucking accidents frequently result in serious physical injury and fatalities for other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians due to the enormous disparate force generated by such a massive vehicle. Effective legal representation in a trucking accident case necessitates a tractor-trailer accident attorney with a thorough working knowledge of trucking regulations, litigation tactics used by commercial carriers and the unique risk factors in trucking accidents. At Montlick and Associates, our experienced Roswell tractor-trailer accident attorneys have been providing quality legal advocacy for trucking accident victims since our law firm was founded in 1984.
Special Tractor-Trailer Regulations in Roswell Trucking Cases
The trucking industry can be divided into two separate forms of trucking: interstate and intrastate trucking. This is an important distinction because the trucking industry is subject to extensive state and federal regulations designed to protect others from trucking accidents. Violations of trucking regulations often form the basis of liability in a Roswell trucking accident case. As such, tractor-trailer accident victims need to retain an experienced trucking accident lawyer with extensive knowledge of both state and federal trucking regulations. Some of the types of regulations designed to prevent trucking accidents include the following:
- Mandatory limits on length and weight of big-rigs
- Bans on cell phone use while operating a big-rig
- Specifications for maximum loads and securing of loads
- Requirements for screening prospective drivers regarding past driving history and substance abuse issues
- Certification of medical fitness for drivers
- Mandatory pre-employment drug and alcohol screening
- Hours of service (HOS) rules designed to reduce the risk of driver fatigue
- Required pre-trip and post-trip inspections of tractor-trailers
The vast majority of commercial trucking accidents in Roswell and throughout Georgia are the consequence of trucking regulation violations. Trucking companies often ignore such rules or implicitly encourage violations to increase profits. The result can be life-altering injuries or wrongful death due to a devastating trucking accident.
Unique Evidentiary Issues in Trucking Accident Cases
Our attorneys have a thorough understanding of trucking laws and regulations and understand the problematic evidentiary issues common in trucking accident cases in Roswell. The trucking industry is notorious for tampering with mandatory logbooks that are designed to provide evidence of regulatory violations, performance of vehicle inspections, vehicle maintenance issues and other information that may be critical evidence in a trucking accident case.
Our experienced Roswell trucking accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates have the knowledge and experience to preserve crucial evidence that may be used to expose fraudulent logbook entries. We regularly take affirmative actions to preserve information saved in black box data recorders with which many tractor-trailers are equipped. The black box on many commercial big-rigs is important because it tracks a wide variety of big-rig and driving information. Trucking companies often put tractor-trailers back on the road a short time after a semi-truck accident, and as a result, data on black box recorders may be erased. Our experienced trucking accident lawyers know what precautions to take to prevent critical evidence from being lost.
Financial Recovery for Serious Roswell Semi-Truck Collisions
Trucking accidents come in many forms, including rollovers, jackknifes, and carriage under-ride accidents. These accidents can cause serious injury or death. Such severe injuries often result in permanent impairment of mental and physical ability, significantly impacting the victim’s quality of life. Such accidents often also result in severe medical expenses and lost income. Our experienced Roswell trucking accident lawyers may seek different forms of damages depending on the specific facts of your case, including the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Costs related to medical treatment, hospitalization and rehabilitation
- Lost income and impaired future earning potential
- Permanent disability and disfigurement
- Extreme distress and mental anguish
- Vehicle repair and other property damage
- Loss of consortium
- Burial and funeral costs
- Punitive damages
If you or someone you love has suffered a severe personal injury or died in a trucking accident, our experienced Roswell trucking accident lawyers are committed to helping victims in obtain compensation to rebuild their lives and support their families. Call now for a FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Roswell tractor-trailer accident attorneys. Our attorneys are here to help. If you cannot visit our offices, alternative arrangements can typically be arranged. Call us 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for a FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website www.montlick.com to use our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.