Due to the inherent dangers associated with tractor trailers, large trucking companies are held to very strict safety standards. When they fall short of these standards, the consequences can be truly devastating. Negligent trucking companies must be held legally liable for any damages that occur because of their unsafe actions.
In the unfortunate event that you were injured in a commercial truck accident, please reach out to the experienced Atlanta truck accident attorneys at Buckhead Law today by calling 770-GET-PAID. We will protect your rights, and help you explore your legal options.
How Common are Atlanta Truck Accidents?
Large commercial trucks are responsible for far more than their fair share of serious highway accidents. Indeed, according to the most recent data provided by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), trucks were involved in at least 160 fatal highway accidents in Georgia in the year 2015 alone. To put this figure into perspective, trucks are only involved in three percent of all motor vehicle accident in Georgia. Yet, they are involved in more than thirteen percent of all fatal crashes.
How is Liability Established in Truck Accident Cases?
Under Georgia law, liability for a personal injury claim must be established by proving negligence. In simplified terms, negligence is the failure to exercise appropriate care. Of course, what actually constitutes negligence will depend entirely on the specific circumstances of an individual claim. Indeed, negligence is always a highly fact specific determination.
That being said, trucking companies are held to very high standards under federal law. In the state of Georgia, large commercial trucks must always follow all safety rules promulgated by the FMCSA. If they violate these rules, or any other motor vehicle regulations, the health and safety of you and your family will be put at high risk. Some common examples of trucking company negligence include:
- A truck driver speeding;
- Any other type of unsafe driving;
- Truck companies using under-trained drivers;
- Truck companies overworking their drivers; and
- Lack of proper vehicle maintenance.
How Much is My Truck Accident Claim Worth?
Once you can establish negligence, you will be entitled to recover fair compensation for your damages. Ultimately, the value of your Atlanta truck accident claim will depend entirely on the specific circumstances of your case. In Georgia, most forms of financial compensation will be tied directly to the value of your damages. You can recover both compensation for both monetary losses (lost income, medical bills, etc) and intangible losses (pain and suffering, disfigurement, etc).
However, you will only be able to obtain compensation to the extent that you can prove your damages. Sadly, insurance companies often look for ways to try to reduce a victim’s recovery. To get the full recovery you deserve, you should always work with a qualified personal injury lawyer.
Were You Injured in a Truck Accident in Atlanta?
Our experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyers are standing by, ready to help. At Buckhead Law, we have helped many truck accident victims obtain full and fair compensation for their injuries. To request a free, no-obligation review of your claim, please call us today at 770-GET-PAID.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in Atlanta, you need to take action now. To schedule your free case evaluation, please contact an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer at Buckhead Law today by calling 770-GET-PAID.
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