Stone Mountain semi-truck accident victims usually suffer injuries that bring major changes in their lives. These injuries include head and neck-related injuries, serious brain damage, permanent and devastating spinal cord damage, loss of internal organ functions, and compound fractures or crushed bones. The physical pain and emotional effects of these accidents can overwhelm the trucking accident victim and his or her family. As if the emotional and physical harm did not present sufficient difficulties, the financial hardships of extended periods of disability and astronomical medical bills can drive a family to the brink of bankruptcy. These dire financial consequences can be even more devastating if the victim suffers partial or total disability. Our Stone Mountain truck accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates understand the unique and complex issues involved in representing victims of Stone Mountain semi-truck accidents. We have been obtaining favorable results for our clients in trucking accident cases throughout Georgia for nearly three decades.
Unique Nature of Legal and Factual Issues in Stone Mountain Semi-Truck Accidents
Semi-truck accidents are not like other motor vehicle collisions. These motor vehicle collisions require comprehensive knowledge of the intricate regulations governing the commercial trucking industry. Our trucking accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates are well aware of the unethical practices employed by trucking companies and big-rig operators to avoid liability from serious trucking collisions, such as destruction and alteration of important pieces of evidence.
Our Stone Mountain tractor-trailer accident law firm works aggressively to prevent deletion of black box recorder data and the repair of damage on 18-wheelers to protect the viability of our client’s trucking accident claim. We fully utilize our familiarity with trucking industry customs and practices, which is the product of handling trucking accident cases for decades.
Statistical crash data also reveals the unique nature of semi-truck accidents. Twelve percent of all motor vehicle fatality cases involve this type of massive vehicle despite constituting a much smaller number of the total motor vehicles on our roadways. When a trucking accident results in severe injury or wrongful death, it is the vehicle occupant in the tractor-trailer who suffers these serious consequences a startling 95 percent of the time. This is not hard to imagine considering that a fully loaded truck’s average weight may reach 80,000 pounds while a passenger vehicle may weigh only 3,000 pounds. Our seasoned Stone Mountain truck accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates are well-versed in dealing with these unique motor vehicle accident cases.
Critical Stone Mountain Trucking Accident Evidence: Logbooks and Black Boxes
Truck driver logbooks have critical evidentiary value in most trucking accident cases. This critical record-keeping tool contains the driver’s records regarding hours he is on the road and compliance with mandatory rest periods. Most drivers tamper with their logs because they feel compelled to remain on the road longer and push farther despite fatigue. Drivers can increase their income by disregarding hours of service (anti-fatigue) regulations so it is a common practice to violate hours of service rules. Trucking companies frequently turn a blind eye or in more egregious cases tacitly approve of such practices because faster deliveries can mean higher profits. Driver logbooks also may reveal inspection and maintenance issues. Our dedicated Stone Mountain tractor-trailer accident lawyers conduct discovery to obtain documents and black box data information to expose fabricated trucking log entries.
Black box data recorders provide another form of critical trucking accident evidence that may provide the necessary factual information to establish liability in a Stone Mountain trucking accident case. The black box data recorder is essentially a computer data recorder similar to those used on airplanes. The black box recorder can provide evidence on a wide range of issues depending on the particular recorder, including hours of service, sudden braking, speed immediately prior to a collision, shifting, vehicle maintenance issues, and more. Because so many truck drivers manipulate logbooks or keep two sets of books, black box data can provide the necessary information to expose lies and distortions.
There are a multitude of causes of semi-truck accidents in Stone Mountain and the surrounding areas of Georgia including:
- Fatigued or drowsy drivers
- Truck drivers violating text messaging bans
- Improperly secured or unbalance loads
- Trucking companies that fail to conduct mandatory drug & alcohol screening
- Speeding truck drivers trying to comply with unrealistic schedules imposed by commercial carriers
- Overloaded tractor-trailers
- Failure of truck drivers to be aware of objects in “no zones” (large big-rig blind spots)
- Vehicle malfunctions because of lack of maintenance or vehicle defects
- Unsafe roads or poor route selection, including driving on narrow steep windy roads
If you or a close family member is involved in a serious trucking accident, our experienced Stone Mountain trucking accident lawyers may be able to seek a variety of types of financial compensation, including payment of medical expenses, hospital bills, property damage, lost income, reduced earning potential, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, adverse impact on one’s quality of life, burial/funeral expenses and more depending on the specific circumstances of your case. Our experienced Stone Mountain trucking accident lawyers are committed to representing personal injury and wrongful death victims in obtaining the compensation necessary to rebuild their lives and support their families. Call now for your FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Stone Mountain trucking 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.