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Tractor Trailer Accidents

Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyer in Marietta, GA

Injuries Claims for Tractor Trailer Accidents

Being involved in a tractor-trailer accident has the potential for significant 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 more significant when they collide with another vehicle or object. There are many reasons why tractor-trailer accidents occur, almost all of them preventable. It is essential 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. The speed of investigation and skill in determining the facts will be critical 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 and accidents;
  • Negligent hiring practices. When companies don’t thoroughly 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 they have reported in their log;
  • Trailers suddenly detach due to faulty connections or maintenance.

Insurance Companies

If you are dealing directly with the trucking firm’s insurance company, 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. Are you 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 tractor-trailer driver or the company is at fault, we believe you should be fully compensated for all damages you incurred. We fight for justice and full compensation.

Our team is very experienced in investigating these accidents, and we respond very quickly. The sooner you contact a qualified lawyer, the better.

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