Being involved in any type of collision in Athens can be shocking and upsetting. However, the experience is particularly jarring – and dangerous – when a collision involves a large truck or tractor-trailer. The smaller passenger car typically gets destroyed in this type of crash, and its occupants are left with severe if not fatal injuries.
At Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, our Athens personal injury lawyers are passionate about protecting the rights of truck accident victims and their families. If you face high medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering and other losses as a result of your crash, you are not alone. We have nearly 40 years of combined legal experience and a record of successfully handling truck accident cases on behalf of clients throughout Georgia. We are ready to help you today. To get started, contact us for a free consultation.
How Can a Lawyer Help in Your Truck Accident Case?
When you are seriously injured in a truck accident due to someone else’s negligence, your focus will be on securing a settlement or verdict that fully compensates you for your losses. In order to do this, you will need to prove the fault of another party such as the truck driver and/or trucking company. At Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, we will skillfully guide you through this process. Our lawyers can:
- Launch an immediate investigation into your crash
- Consult with accident reconstruction specialists and other experts
- Calculate your damages
- Initiate a claim against the at-fault party by filing a demand for damages
- Help you to assess any settlement offers that you receive
- Fight for you in court if litigation of your claim is necessary
- Help you with all other aspects of your case, including dealing with medical care providers and bill collectors
We will also provide you with updates and ensure that you know what is happening in your case at all times. Our lawyers give our personal cell phone numbers to our clients because we want them to feel free to contact us at any time if they have questions about their case. We take pride in not only aggressively pursuing maximum compensation for our clients but also in providing them with the highest level of client service.
What Makes Tractor-Trailer Accidents Different?
For a number of reasons, tractor-trailer accidents are different than accidents involving standard passenger cars. Those differences include:
- Size and weight – Tractor-trailers are much larger and heavier than standard passenger vehicles, which means that the force involved in a trucking accident is much greater. Those in the smaller vehicle typically suffer significant harm.
- Multiple parties – Several different parties may be held accountable for the crash, including the truck driver, trucking company, trucker owner, shipper or loader of cargo and the manufacturer of the truck or its parts.
- Timely investigation – Trucking companies and their insurers realize that the stakes are high when crashes happen. They will take immediate steps to avoid or diminish their liability. For this reason, your attorney will need to quickly preserve and collect evidence, including photos of the tractor-trailer, camera footage, black box data, logbooks and inspection records.
- State and federal regulations – Many tractor-trailer accidents happen due to violations of state and federal safety regulations. It will be important to identify if any violations occurred in your crash, which can help to establish liability. For instance, if a driver violated federal hours-of-service rules, evidence of that violation could strengthen your claim.
Our attorneys at Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, have an extensive background in truck accident litigation. We understand these unique aspects of truck crashes, and we know what takes to pursue maximum compensation for our clients.
What Are the Top Causes of Trucking Accidents?
Truck accidents, like other types of accidents, are almost always preventable. They would not occur but for someone’s negligence. Examples of driver negligence that frequently lead to truck accidents include:
- Taking a turn too fast for conditions
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while alcohol- or drug-impaired
- Driving while heavily fatigued
- Performing an illegal maneuver
- Aggressive driving such as following too closely
Trucking companies can be held liable for the negligence of their drivers. However, they may be liable for their own negligence. For instance, a trucking company may fail to conduct an adequate background check before hiring a driver, or it may fail to properly train and supervise the driver. A trucking company also is responsible for ensuring that every vehicle in its fleet is properly inspected and maintained.
Our Athens truck accident lawyers at Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, will investigate your crash and work with experts to determine its cause. Once we know what caused the crash, we can file a claim against all responsible parties and seek the full and fair compensation that you deserve.
How Can You Prove Fault in Your Truck Accident?
Because Georgia is an at-fault accident state, you will be unable to recover compensation unless you can prove that another party caused your truck accident. Proving fault requires thoroughly investigating a crash and gathering evidence. Important types of evidence in a truck accident claim include:
- Truck driver’s logs
- Vehicle service and maintenance records
- Eyewitnesses statements
- Accident scene photos and video footage
- GPS and black box data
- Cell phone records
- Toxicology test results
Our team at Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, will not only gather this evidence, but we will also carefully analyze it and organize it in a compelling way that tells the story of how your accident occurred and who should be held accountable for it.
What Damages Can You Recover in a Semi-Truck Accident Claim?
You deserve to be compensated in full for the losses that you have suffered due to someone else’s negligence. Our Athens truck accident attorneys will aggressively advocate for your right to compensation, which may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost income and diminishment of future earning ability
- All other out-of-pocket expenses related to your injuries
- Non-economic losses such as pain, suffering and emotional distress
The economic damages that you suffer – your actual financial losses – will be calculated by considering their actual monetary value. For example, if you suffer $100,000 in medical expenses, then you should be paid $100,000 in damages. Non-economic losses such as diminished quality of life, on the other hand, can be more difficult to calculate. We can guide you through the process of determining these damages and demand just compensation for you when dealing with the insurance companies.
Our Athens Truck Accident Attorneys Are Ready to Help You
At Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, we understand how terrifying and life-changing a truck accident can be. If you or a loved one has been harmed in a truck accident in Athens or elsewhere in Georgia, our lawyers will be ready establish your case and seek maximum compensation for you. Don’t let another day go by before you take action. Contact us today for a free consultation.