Rear-End Truck Accidents Are Serious

If you were rear-ended by a semi-truck, our attorneys can fight for you

One of the most common types truck accidents is a rear-end crash. When a truck weighing as much as 80,000 pounds crashes into the back of a passenger vehicle, the damage can be extensive. If you or a loved one has been involved in a rear-end truck accident, you understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll it can take.

If driver or trucking company negligence led to the crash, you deserve financial compensation. But trucking companies and their insurance carriers will fight to minimize your claim. The experienced truck accident lawyers at Fried Goldberg LLC are dedicated to helping victims of rear-end truck crashes seek the justice and compensation they deserve.

Driving alongside tractor trailer on highway

What causes rear-end truck accidents?

Understanding how a rear-end truck accident happened is crucial in establishing liability and pursuing compensation. Some common causes include:

  • Distracted driving – Truck drivers can become distracted by cell phones, GPS devices, or other distractions, diverting their attention from the road and increasing the risk of rear-end collisions.
  • Fatigue and hours of service violations – Truck drivers often face demanding schedules and may be prone to driving while fatigued or exceeding the legally permitted hours of service. Fatigue can impair their reaction times and judgment, leading to accidents.
  • Tailgating and speeding – Following too closely (tailgating) and driving at excessive speeds are dangerous behaviors that significantly increase the risk of rear-end collisions. Commercial trucks require longer stopping distances, making tailgating particularly hazardous.
  • Brake malfunctions – Faulty or poorly maintained brakes can contribute to rear-end accidents involving trucks. Trucking companies and drivers have a responsibility to regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles to ensure proper functionality.
  • Improper loading or cargo shift – Inadequate loading or securing of cargo can cause the truck to become unbalanced or lead to cargo shifting during transit. This can result in loss of control and rear-end collisions.

Our firm investigates truck accidents to understand the cause of the crash and identify negligent parties.

Scene of a truck accident in Atlanta, GA

Types of rear-end accident injuries

Rear-end truck accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, varying in severity. Some common injuries include:

  • Whiplash – The sudden impact of a rear-end collision can cause the head and neck to jerk forward and backward abruptly, leading to whiplash. This can result in neck pain, stiffness, headaches, and even long-term chronic issues.
  • Back and spinal cord injuries – The force of impact can cause damage to the back and spinal cord, leading to herniated discs, fractures, or even paralysis. These injuries often require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, and long-term care.
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) – If the head strikes the steering wheel, dashboard, or other objects during a rear-end collision, it can result in traumatic brain injuries. TBIs can range from mild concussions to severe brain damage, affecting cognitive abilities, memory, and overall quality of life.
  • Broken bones and fractures – The sheer force of a rear-end truck collision can cause fractures and broken bones in various parts of the body, such as the arms, legs, ribs, or pelvis. These injuries may require surgeries, immobilization, and rehabilitation.

After an injury in a rear-end truck accident, medical expenses can add up quickly. These can include the costs of surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, and home health care.

Get an experienced attorney on your side

Negligent drivers and trucking companies deny doing anything wrong after an accident. Insurance companies handle injury claims every day and have the advantage when you’ve been hurt in an accident. They will try to minimize your injuries or argue that you were at least partially at fault for what happened. And they have attorneys fighting to protect their interests.

That’s why you need an experienced truck accident lawyer who knows how to fight back. At Fried Goldberg, the majority of our caseload is dedicated to trucking litigation. Our attorneys have taken on complex cases and recovered substantial settlements for our clients. We are dedicated to getting the best possible outcome.

If you were hurt in a rear-end truck accident, it’s important to get trusted legal advice as soon as possible. There is a statute of limitations that sets a deadline for taking legal action. In Georgia, that deadline is two years. But it takes time to build a strong case and gather evidence that proves negligence.

Learn more about how we can help. One of our attorneys can review the details of your case, go over your legal options, and answer any questions you have during a free consultation. If we do represent you, we work on a contingency fee basis. You owe us nothing unless we recover compensation. Contact us to schedule a time that works for you.

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