Truck Accident Attorney in Gwinnett County
Georgia is a major hub for the trucking industry. At any given time, you can see semis barreling down I-85, I-75, and I-20, and all over the streets of Gwinnett County and Atlanta. When one of these 80,000-lb trucks crashes into a passenger car, pedestrian, bicyclist, or other road user, the results are often catastrophic or deadly. In fact, in 2012, 24 people lost their lives in accidents involving large trucks in Georgia, according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. If you were in an accident with a large truck, call the truck accident attorney in Gwinnett County at the Law Offices of John Morrison, LLC to review your case and start working on a plan to prove fault and get compensation.
What are some common causes of truck accidents?
Any number of factors can cause a truck accident. Drivers of passenger cars can contribute to trucking accidents by tailgating, riding in the truck’s blind spots, and simply not paying attention.
But in many cases, the truck company or the truck driver’s carelessness or negligence cause the accident. Below are few common causes that lead to truck accidents.
- The driver was inadequately trained and did not have adequate maneuvering skills.
- The load was improperly secured.
- The driver was driving too fast for road conditions.
- The driver violated industry regulations
- There was a defect with a truck or load securement component.
- The driver was negligent, e.g., eating, talking on the phone, reading a GPS, etc.
- The company was negligent in the service, maintenance, or repairs of the truck
- The driver was sleepy, fatigued, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- The roads were defective or poorly designed, slick, or cluttered with debris.
- The weather was inclement.
- The driver was unfamiliar with his surroundings, e.g., made a wrong turn,did not have clearance, etc.
Can I sue the trucking company for damages?
If you were seriously injured in a truck accident, you will be eligible to file suit if you can prove that the trucker or carrier was somehow negligent or that some truck component was defective, and that the negligence caused the accident. You can also file a wrongful death claim if your loved one died in the accident. Just as with any catastrophic accident case, truck crash lawsuits require convincing evidence and thorough case preparation.
Truck accident cases are unique, though. There are certain laws that apply to truck drivers that do not apply to other drivers, and certain procedures that truck carriers must follow.
For example, after an accident, it is essential for the victim (or her attorney) to send a letter of spoliation to the carrier to preserve important evidence. Your case may require that your lawyer subpoena records or witnesses to prove fault or demonstrate your damages. Also, carriers generally spend a great deal of funds on employing a team of legal experts to defend their cases and reduce the amount of settlements they have to pay victims – yet another challenging facet of truck accident cases.
These cases may be challenging, but the right attorney can help you win. Consult attorney John Morrison about your case and the federal trucking regulations and personal injury procedures that you must follow.
What steps do I take?
After you have tended to your immediate medical needs, the first step to filing a claim or lawsuit is to set up a consultation with an attorney to review your case. After ensuring that you have grounds to file, we can begin compiling evidence to support your case. We will then draft and file all the necessary documents with the proper agencies and work on negotiating a claim with the trucking company’s insurer. If fault is disputed or a fair agreement cannot be reached, we can fight your case in court.
For help from a truck accident lawyer in Gwinnett County, contact the Law Offices of John Morrison, LLC today at 770-951-8900 and schedule a free case evaluation.