Roswell Truck Accident Attorneys
Huge amounts of money are spent by the trucking industry in the defense of legal claims each year. Unlike the victims of accidents that involve tractor-trailers, trucking companies spend enormous amounts of money and utilize accident investigation teams to defend them in trucking collision civil cases. When an accident occurs in the trucking industry a commercial carrier’s team of investigators, insurance professionals, and attorneys immediately respond to the scene and begin strategizing on how to avoid or minimize liability. Our Roswell trucking accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates have been successfully representing those involved in trucking collisions for decades.
The risk that a trucking accident will occur is high in relation to the percentage of traffic made up by tractor-trailers. Approximately 500,000 trucking accidents happen each year in the United States, and these result in about 5,000 fatalities and 130,000 injuries annually. It also has been estimated that 98% of the tractor-trailers on American highways have been involved in at least one crash. In addition, the risk that big-rig accidents will lead to death or severe injury is extremely high because of the massive weight of these gargantuan vehicles. A tractor-trailer transporting a maximum load can tip the scales at up to 40 tons. In comparison, a typical passenger car usually weighs 2 tons or less. Therefore, it is no surprise that these types of accidents result in disaster wrecks and life-altering injuries and fatalities.
Roswell Trucking Collision Issues and Basis of Liability
Since the dangers involved in trucking accidents are so significant, a vast number of state and federal regulations exist that have been created to keep these accidents to a minimum. When Roswell big-rig accidents occur, it may be critical to prove a violation of these regulations that may be central to your truck accident injury claim. Therefore, any commercial trucking accident attorney who takes on a trucking company in Georgia must be knowledgeable of not only the state’s laws and standards concerning trucker safety, but federal ones as well. This includes knowledge of regulations involving the following topics:
- The maximum number of hours a truck driver is allowed to drive without rest (anti-fatigue regulations)
- Rules for the screening of the driver prior to employment
- Requirements for random alcohol and drug testing
- Standards for fitness certification
- Truck inspection requirements
- Regulations for truck weight and length
- Requirements for securing a load onto a truck
- Laws about texting or talking on a cell phone while operating a semi-truck
Sadly, many times a fatal trucking accident occurs in Georgia, it is because the truck driver does not comply with the regulations set up to prevent these terrible tragedies. A substantial number of commercial truck drivers fail to comply with these regulations because the company they work for has sanctioned their blatant disregard of the regulations in order to maximize profits.
Unique Roswell Tractor-Trailer Litigation Challenges
A major factor that complicates commercial trucking accident claims involves trucking industry practices designed to prevent collection of accurate evidence in trucking cases. Truck drivers, for example, must keep a log of when they rested and when they drove to document that they are properly rested and that they are not suffering from fatigue at the time of an accident. These documents are so frequently manipulated or falsified that they are often jokingly called “lie books” by many in the industry. Maintenance and inspection records may also be altered, destroyed, or simply not maintained as required by trucking regulations. Therefore, our experienced Roswell tractor-trailer accident lawyers must be able to effectively engage in discovery and cross-examine trucking companies about documents such as lodging records, full receipts and correspondence in order to expose cover ups made by the company and/or driver.
Trucking cases can easily result in critical evidence being distorted or hidden. One fundamentally important item of evidence that must be preserved is data stored on electronic data recorders that are much like the black boxes found on airplanes. These recorders may be vital because they can reveal information about rest periods and driving time, as well as other important information like sudden application of the brakes or unsafe speed prior to a Roswell semi-truck accident. If the tractor-trailer is repaired and put back into use, the information in the black box can be deleted. Our experienced Roswell trucking accident attorneys understand the importance of taking aggressive pre-litigation measures and conducting effective discovery to create a compelling case for our clients.
Seeking Compensation for Serious Big-Rig Collision Injuries
Many times accidents involving big-rigs cause severe injuries that result in significant limitations on the physical and mental functioning of trucking accident victims. When a person survives such an accident, the financial hardships can be extremely troubling. Most of the time the medical expenses are immense and the victims cannot return to work for some time. The injuries that could befall a person in such an accident include:
- Brain or head injuries
- Loss of sensation due to spinal cord damage
- Third-degree burns
- Fractures and/or broken bones
- Vital organ damage
When faced with painful injuries, high medical bills and the loss of income due to physical disability, the emotional stress may magnify your challenges. Therefore, the compensation must be enough to preserve the quality of life for a victim and his or her family. Financial compensation in a case like this may include:
- Reimbursement for medical treatment/hospitalization
- Compensation for income loss due to the disability
- Compensation for disfigurement
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Compensation for emotional distress
- Damages for the impact on one’s marital relations
- Punitive damages
- Compensation for impairment of quality of life
- Burial and funeral costs
If you or someone you love has been injured or died in a tractor-trailer accident, our experienced Roswell semi-truck accident lawyers are committed to helping victims obtain compensation to rebuild their lives and support their families. Call now for your FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Roswell commercial truck accident attorneys. Our attorneys are here to help. If you cannot visit our offices, we may even be able to come to you. Call us 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for your FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.montlick.com to use our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.