Commercial Truck Accident Attorneys
A collision between a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle can have devastating consequences. Serious accident injuries and fatalities are common in Georgia. Due to the sheer size difference, the injured victims are often those in the passenger vehicle. In these types of cases, truck accident victims can seek justice with the help of our law firm.
The lawyers of Fried Goldberg LLC are known as “The Commercial Truck Accident Lawyers.” We service Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and New York, focusing specifically on truck accident injury law. Over the years we’ve achieved successful verdicts for our clients through our understanding of the nuances specific to truck accident litigation.
Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyers: Unmatched Dedication and Experience
We dedicate more than 95% of our law firm practice to accident lawsuits involving commercial vehicles. This includes cases involving commercial trucks, tractor trailers, and RVs. A truck accident lawsuit requires a specific knowledge of this type of law and the regulations required by those in the trucking industry. Truck accident cases are different from regular motor vehicle accident cases because they include specific information regarding the operation of commercial vehicles.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a commercial trucking accident, contact our law firm for your free case evaluation. Our trucking lawyers have over 50 years of combined legal experience in this field and have achieved multi-million dollar settlements for our clients, across Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and New York. We can help you too.
Our experienced attorneys have represented individuals who have been seriously injured. In particular, we have recovered a total of nearly $1 billion for our clients in the state of Georgia.
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What To Do After a Commercial Truck Accident
A commercial truck accident can be a traumatic experience and recovery from injuries can last days or even weeks following the original incident. When you’ve sustained a personal injury as a result of a trucking accident, you will want to contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.
A commercial truck accident attorney can gather the evidence necessary to put together an injury lawsuit on your behalf. Insurance companies will often want to settle a claim as quickly as possible after a truck accident, which often does not allow for the full coverage of costs for the injuries sustained. Our lawyers will compile all the required information, such as accident reports, driver’s logs, truck maintenance records and accident-related costs, to build a strong case on your behalf.
We will fight for the maximum amount of compensation owed to you.
Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents
There are multiple factors that can contribute to a commercial trucking accident. A motor vehicle accident that involves a commercial truck is much different than when the accident involves two passenger cars. The size and weight of a commercial truck has a huge impact on the amount of property damage and the seriousness of injuries that can arise out of this specific type of accident.
Commercial truck drivers are legally obligated to abide by specific federal safety regulations when they are on the road. When these are not followed, accidents happen. Occurrences of trucking accidents often occur due to:
- Driving when fatigued
- Reckless driving (especially during adverse weather conditions)
- Defective equipment
- Improperly secured loads or loads that exceed a truck’s maximum capacity
- Unsafe passing
Fatigued driving is one of the main reasons commercial trucks are involved in auto accidents. There are strict regulations in place to ensure that truck drivers are receiving adequate amounts of restful sleep between the long hours traveling on the road. Failure to log breaks and rest times is against federal safety regulations and creates additional dangers on the road.
Other Dangers of Commercial Trucks
There are also distinct risks and dangers when operating a commercial truck versus a regular motor vehicle. For example, it takes longer for a large semi truck to fully slow down or brake than a car. This means that cutting in front of a truck or weaving in and out of traffic can easily lead to an accident on the road. A commercial truck should maintain adequate distance between vehicles to prevent this from happening.
Each truck company has the responsibility to properly train its drivers and keep updated records of vehicle maintenance, changes in safety guidelines, and any other information that is relevant to providing safety on the road. When a road accident occurs, both the driver and their truck company can be held liable for damages.
Besides handling cases that involve commercial trucks, we also handle cases that involve RVs and tractor trailers. These types of cases are unique in nature and can be prevented when implementing the right safety measures. These claims are often due to vehicle rollovers, faulty equipment, or driver negligence.
Commercial Truck Accident Liability
When auto accidents occur, there is typically an exchange of contact information and insurance between the parties involved. Depending on the details of the case, there may be more than just the drivers who are held responsible for being at fault. Commercial truck drivers can be held directly accountable for the accidents they cause. However, liability might also apply to the company the driver works for, the company the shipment is being delivered to, or the company responsible for loading the truck.
Truck companies must ensure that its vehicles are in good working condition and have been properly inspected and maintained. It is also the responsibility of a driver and the trucking company to ensure that log books are being properly updated and protocols are being followed.
In addition, RV or tractor trailer drivers need to establish proper experience to operate such large vehicles. They, too, must follow road rules, but also have additional factors to consider when driving due to their vehicle size.
In certain cases, commercial truck drivers travel in teams. One person will drive while the other person rests, and then after a while they switch. When there is a trucking accident which involves a co-driver, this person may also be able to sue the actual person driving at the time and the trucking company, if they are injured.
Commercial Truck Accident FAQs
What compensation can be recovered?
If you are a victim of a truck accident, the most important thing to focus on is your health and recovery. Accident-related expenses, such as medical costs to pay for truck accident injuries, can quickly add up causing undue stress on a person. Hiring a commercial truck accident attorney can help you get the compensation you need from an insurance company to cover expenses such as medical bills, time lost from work, rehabilitation, and any other costs that you might have to endure as a result.
Payment for damages in a commercial truck accident settlement can help take care of:
- Emergency room and hospital bills
- Rehabilitative care
- Lost wages or the loss of earning capacity due to injuries
- Pain and suffering
Being injured in a commercial truck accident can lead to difficulties and expenses that last several days or even weeks past the initial incident. We want to make sure that you are eligible for the full amount of compensation you are entitled to in order to provide relief for the future. Over the years, our commercial truck accident attorneys have secured successful verdicts and multi-million dollar settlement for our clients. We push hard for the best possible outcome with every case we take.
How can a commercial truck accident attorney help me?
When you’ve been injured in a truck accident, the last thing you may want to do is deal with an insurance company or a driver’s trucking company. Our Atlanta-based law firm has the legal experience and specific expertise necessary to handle your trucking case, whether in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee or New York, so that you can concentrate on your recovery. Since our practice is devoted to these specific types of cases, we know the rules that a trucking company must follow and expectations to set when discussing settlement offers.
Without an attorney to help you in negotiations, an insurance company may pay out a minimal settlement to you that will not begin to cover the cost of your truck accident injuries. You should not have to suffer more for an accident that you were not at fault for causing. Our commercial truck accident attorneys will fight on your behalf for a favorable verdict and fair settlement offer.
There is a statute of limitations in place, which is the time a person has to file a claim for a trucking accident. Therefore, it’s best to speak to an attorney as soon as possible to review your options and begin gathering evidence and information from the accident to put together a complete claim.
What is the average commercial truck accident settlement?
Every commercial trucking accident case is different. There is no real “average” or expected settlement amount for semi-truck or 18-wheeler accidents. The final settlement for any commercial trucking accident claim will depend on many factors, including the extent of the injuries, financial losses involved, and fault (such as whether a driver was acting negligently versus recklessly).
On the other hand, the opposing party (and their insurance company) will likely try to present a settlement figure that is too low or that doesn’t cover all the losses involved. A skilled attorney will be able to negotiate for the proper settlement amount that fully meets the injured party’s needs.
At Fried Goldberg, our team of Georgia commercial truck accident attorneys have secured verdict and settlements amounts well over $30 million. We have recovered a total of nearly $1 billion for our clients in the state of Georgia alone.
What to ask a commercial truck accident lawyer
It’s a lawyer’s job to ensure that all your questions and concerns are addressed. You should feel free to raise any inquiries that you may have in connection with your trucking accident case. You can ask any variety of questions, like:
- How long do I have to file a commercial truck accident lawsuit?
- Will this incident affect my work situation?
- What damages might be available to me?
- Who can I contact as my case is being handled?
You can reach the commercial truck accident attorneys at Fried Goldberg at (877) 591-1801 for a free, no obligation consultation. Our attorneys are available to answer any questions you might have about your case.
Why Choose Our Commercial Truck Accident Attorneys?
At Fried Goldberg LLC, our truck accident attorneys have devoted many hours to the research and study of state and federal trucking laws. We have written a book outlining these very regulations and have litigated against numerous trucking accidents claims throughout the Eastern region.
We have the resources and expertise necessary to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Don’t accept a settlement offer from any insurance company until you’ve had a chance to speak with a lawyer about your case. Contact Fried Goldberg LLC at (877) 591-1801 if you need assistance. We offer free case evaluations and are dedicated to helping our clients obtain the justice they deserve.
More Commercial Trucking Accident FAQs
How do I get compensation after a commercial trucking accident?
Compensation through the insurance process can be possible; however, since the injuries in a commercial trucking accident can be so devastating, insurance payouts won’t typically be enough to cover expenses. Instead, it may be in your best interest to hire a trucking accident lawyer to pursue a legal claim on your behalf. That way, you can obtain damages for other relevant losses and expenses like lost wages or pain and suffering.
Can my commercial truck insurance go up because of accidents?
For commercial truck drivers, insurance can definitely be affected if they get into an accident. This is one of the reasons why truck drivers might be reluctant to file a report. Again, if you’ve been in a commercial truck accident, don’t divulge any information to any insurance agents, as this might be used against you in attempts to reduce the amount payout amount for your case.
Who is allowed to investigate a commercial truck accident?
You might not be aware of it, but there are many parties that often participate in commercial truck accident investigations. These include police, medical professionals, insurance companies, and lawyers. Government bodies like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) might be involved as well, checking for driver qualifications and compiling statistics for annual reports.
How long does litigation take for a commercial truck accident?
Just as there is no average settlement amount for a commercial truck accident lawsuit, there is no average time for completing a trucking lawsuit. Depending on the case, the process can take several months and possibly a year or even longer.
Many factors influence the length of a trial, including the complexity of the accident, the number of injured parties involved, and the evidence available for the case. An experienced commercial truck accident attorney at Fried Goldberg can help you file in a timely manner so you don’t miss any deadlines. Contact us at (877) 591-1801 for advice and guidance on your accident case.
“I definitely recommend this firm. Brian Mohs was my attorney. He did an excellent job. He made me feel very comfortable. He is great about keeping you updated on what’s going on and what to expect. And he was spot on every time. He offers advice and words of wisdom without being pushy. Kind of like having a big brother in your corner.”
– Marcie S.
“I have nothing but great things to say about Adam Smith with Fried Goldberg LLC, I am very pleased. After being injured in a dump truck accident my experience with him could not have been better. He was very professional, knowledgeable, and attentive to my healthcare needs. I definitely appreciate him for being an amazing communicator by being forthcoming with information leaving no room for confusion and/or misunderstanding. I would recommend him to anyone that needs a great attorney.
– Jackie H.
Atlanta Truck Accident Law Firm
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