Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyer in Marietta, GA
Injuries Claims for Tractor Trailer Accidents
Being involved in a tractor-trailer accident has the potential for major
property damage, severe injuries, and
wrongful death. A tractor-trailer, also called a semi or 18-wheeler, is a dangerous vehicle
to operate. There is a risk of the tractor and trailer becoming disengaged,
jackknifing or rolling over. Due to the large size and weight, damages
are much greater when these vehicles collide with another vehicle or object.
There are many reasons why tractor-trailer accidents occur, almost all
of them preventable. It is important to contact a Marietta truck accident
attorney who understands tractor-trailer accidents if you have been injured
in a collision with one of these commercial vehicles. Speed of investigation
and skill in determining the facts will be key factors in handling your
injuries and damages.
Types of Tractor Trailer Accidents
Common causes of accidents involving tractor trailer trucks can include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Inadequate driver training. Some companies shortcut their driver training
programs, resulting in drivers who don't operate their trucks responsibly
and violate safety regulations;
- Poor maintenance. Faulty brakes, tires, lights, etc. lead to breakdowns
- Negligent hiring practices. When companies don't fully screen their
applicants, they can allow drivers with substance abuse, emotional, and
other problems get behind the wheel;
- Trailers that have been improperly loaded with cargo, such as overloading,
or loading in such a way that the contents can shift and cause the vehicle
to go out of control;
- Excessive speed;
- Faulty inspections that report a truck is fit for the road when it is not;
- Problems with the underride bars. These components are to prevent a smaller
vehicle from crashing underneath the trailer, but sometimes are not installed
correctly or missing altogether;
- Driver fatigue. Drivers can falsify their logs and drive longer than what
they have reported in their log;
- Trailers suddenly detaching due to faulty connections or maintenance.
If you are dealing directly with the insurance company for the trucking
firm, you should know that they first and foremost seek to either pay
out nothing, or the least amount possible. They will commonly attempt
to make a settlement offer quickly – usually very low. But if you
were injured in an accident, you deserve to have the maximum possible
in compensation, not the least. You may think a settlement offer is adequate,
but then find out later that your spine was injured and you will have
to continue receiving treatments with no money available. Unfortunately,
accidents with these big trucks often lead to much more severe injuries,
with possible bone fractures, surgeries, prolonged treatments, rehabilitation,
lost wages, loss of consortium, and wrongful death. If the truck driver
or the trucking company is at fault, you have the right to be compensated fully.
Need a lawyer for a truck accident case in Marietta?
When there is an accident involving a tractor-trailer, the insurance company
and trucking company will begin a very swift investigation. Any evidence
found will be handled in such a way that their interests will be favored.
There are cases in which evidence is lost or altered. Our team is very
experienced in investigating these accidents, and we respond very quickly.
The sooner you contact lawyer qualified to handle these accidents, the
better. Looking for an attorney for a truck accident in Marietta? Our
attorneys from Jones & Swanson, knows how to thoroughly and quickly
investigate an accident. When the driver of the tractor-trailer or the
company is at fault, we believe you should be fully compensated for any
and all damages you incurred. We fight for justice and full compensation.