Undoubtedly large trucks are dangerous neighbors on the roads. Most trucks are colossal in size and can crush smaller passenger vehicles in seconds. Despite the modern safety features of cars, many drivers can barely save their lives when truck accidents occur; tragically, some do not survive.
The transport industry is heavily regulated by the federal government. The standards are designed to prevent the common causes of catastrophic truck accidents, for example, driver fatigue and inadequate maintenance, but the sad reality is that violations of these are becoming more common.
Injuries suffered in truck accidents are generally much worse than those that occur in other types of accidents. Determining liability can be complicated because the truck driver may not be the only one at fault; that is why you should contact our team of Accident and Disability Lawyers of Monge & Associates. Injury lawyers have the necessary experience to deal with insurance companies, transportation companies and anyone who might be responsible for your injuries – and to win your case.
Call Our Tractor Truck Accident Lawyers / Trailer Today
Call our law firm or use our online contact form for a free case evaluation. Our mission is to help you – whatever your legal status – to get the money that can alleviate the financial stress that comes with medical bills, therapy and time without being able to work.
Why should you call our truck accident lawyers at Monge & Associates? Because you want to win.
We also offer satisfaction guarantee: If you are not 100 percent satisfied with our services during the first 30 days after hiring our office, we will return your case file, without questions from us and without charging you legal fees.
Another promise: If we do not win … we do not charge.
What You Need to Know About Truck Accidents
Large trucks are classified as any vehicle that exceeds 10,000 pounds; However, many tractors / trailers, semi-trailers, lumber trucks, unit trucks and semi-trailers can tilt the balance up to 80,000 pounds. If we consider that the average car weighs about 3,000 pounds, it is not surprising that most of the dead and injured in truck accidents are the drivers and passengers of the other vehicles, and not the drivers of the trucks themselves.
The Georgia Department of Transportation reports that in an average year, the percentage of fatal truck accidents is four times higher than the percentage of passenger vehicle accidents. DTG statistics also show that around 5,000 people are injured and more than 200 die in truck crashes in Georgia each year.
The upward trend in the frequency of truck accidents throughout the country continues to attract attention at the national level, in particular, from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Safety Administration. Vial (NHTSA, for its acronym in English). The most recent measures to improve the safety of trucks have involved:
- The development of more stringent standards for service hours that determine how long truck drivers can stay behind the wheel.
- A proposal to impose a maximum speed limit for heavy trucks.
- A proposal to avoid rollovers by requiring stability control systems on trucks.
- The rejection of a request to annul the requirement that heavy trucks have anti-lock brakes.
Unfortunately, the Accident and Disability Lawyers of Monge & Associates know that even the best regulations cannot be ignored by truckers and companies when money is at stake. When profits triumph over security, tragedies can happen.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are no different from automobile or motorcycle accidents when drivers act negligently behind the wheel. Speeding, following another vehicle closely, erratic lane changes, and passing the red light are deadly recklessness in one way or another. This is especially unacceptable coming from truckers, who receive specialized training to obtain their commercial driver’s licenses. However, there are some violations that are observed especially among truck drivers as the main causes of truck accidents, both in Georgia and throughout the country.
Driver fatigue : Truckers travel the roads for hours and hours. The routes are usually long and monotonous, which can tire the eyes and cause drowsiness, headaches, irritability and concentration problems. Although the FMCSA has established strict hours of service regulations for drivers in an effort to reduce truck accidents caused by driver fatigue, more than 750 people die and about 20,000 are injured each year in truck accidents related to fatigue.
Poor truck maintenance : FMCSA regulations indicate how often a truck should be inspected for proper operation of brakes, tires, lights, speedometers and other parts that are necessary for safe operation. This is an area where truck owners or other people in charge of truck care can be held responsible if an accident occurs because they skimped on maintenance in an effort to save money.
Driving while intoxicated or abuse of other substances : Driving drunk or under the influence of drugs is illegal among all operators of motor vehicles, but truckers are also vulnerable to accidents when they take over-the-counter medications or prescription drugs without knowing how these will affect their bodies.
Employer pressure : Unfortunately, trucking companies and freight companies often pressure drivers to make early deliveries in order to receive additional benefits; This can cause truck drivers to violate federal service hours requirements, which increases the likelihood of fatigue-induced accidents.
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Your Truck Accident Claim
Establishing proof in your case of truck accident is essential. We are aware of the importance of quickly identifying witnesses, interviewing police officers, and, if necessary, hiring experts in accident reconstruction.
Truck accident cases can produce a lot of evidence, since drivers are required to keep log books that document every hour of their trips, including where they stopped, when they took a break, and if they performed the required security checks along the way. … although drivers sometimes falsify their registration books or provide a false copy to accident investigators. Knowing this fact, the Accident and Disability Lawyers of Monge & Associates can obtain gas and fuel receipts, along with other documents, to demonstrate the negligence of the driver.
Once liability has been established in your truck accident case, the next step will be to test, explain and quantify the seriousness of your injuries. We have extensive contacts in the medical community that will help our clients document the severity of their injuries and the long-term consequences that injured victims will face. In many cases we use economists, medical experts, and even life planners to reinforce our case.
Our mission is to make sure that you receive compensation for economic and non-economic losses, such as:
- Medical expenses;
- Rehabilitation expenses;
- Salaries fallen and loss of productivity;
- Pain and suffering;
- Material damage to your vehicle;
- Reimbursement for car rental;
- Costs of assistive devices such as wheelchairs or walkers;
- Travel expenses for medical appointments;
- Scars and disfigurement; and
- Compensation for damages (in certain cases).
Because You Want to Win
Even if your truck accident seems simple, you will need a firm of experienced attorneys such as the Accident and Disability Lawyers of Monge & Associates to defend your rights. We represent clients throughout the state of Georgia and the southeast in lawsuits for injuries and manslaughter resulting from tractor / trailer accidents.
Call us or use our online contact form to obtain a free evaluation of your case. From the moment you contact us you can count on us to fight for you in the negotiations of the agreement or, if necessary, in the courtroom.
Remember: If we do not win … we do not charge.