Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys

The consequences of a collision between a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle are often devastating. Serious accident injuries and fatalities are common in Georgia. Due to the sheer size difference, victims in the passenger vehicle can sustain severe damage. In many of these cases, tractor trailer accident victims can seek justice with the help of our law firm.

The lawyers of Fried Goldberg LLC are known as “The Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys” servicing Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and New York, focusing specifically on tractor trailer accident injury law. Over the years we’ve achieved successful verdicts for our clients through our understanding of the nuances specific to tractor trailer accident litigation.

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We dedicate more than 95% of our practice to handling accidents involving commercial vehicles. This includes cases that involve commercial trucks, eighteen wheelers, and RVs. A tractor trailer accident lawsuit requires a specific knowledge of this type of law and the regulations required by those in the tractor trailer industry. Tractor trailer accident cases are different than regular motor vehicle accident cases and include specific information regarding the operation of commercial vehicles.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a tractor trailer accident, contact our law firm for your free case evaluation. Our tractor trailer attorneys 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.

 

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Our experienced attorneys have represented individuals who have been seriously injured. In particular, we have recovered a total of nearly $350 million for our clients in the state of Georgia.

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What To Do After a Tractor Trailer Accident

A tractor trailer 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 tractor trailer accident, you will want to contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.

An attorney can gather the evidence necessary to put together a tractor trailer accident lawsuit on your behalf. Insurance companies will often want to settle a claim as quickly as possible, which often does not allow for the full coverage of costs for the injuries sustained. Our lawyers will gather all the necessary information, such as accident reports, driver’s logs, tractor trailer 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 Tractor Trailer Accidents

There are multiple factors that can contribute to a 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.

Truck drivers are 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 remains one of the top reasons that 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 properly log these breaks or rest times is against federal safety regulations and puts everyone in danger on the road.

Other Dangers of Tractor Trailers

There are also separate dangers possible when operating a commercial tractor trailer versus a regular motor vehicle. For example, it takes longer for a tractor trailer to be able to fully slow down or brake than a car. This means that cutting in front of a tractor trailer or weaving in and out of traffic can easily lead to an accident on the road. A commercial tractor trailer should maintain a proper distance between vehicles to prevent this from happening.

It is up to each tractor trailer company to properly train its drivers and keep updated records of vehicle maintenance, changes in safety guidelines, and any other information relevant to providing safety on the road. When an accident occurs, both the driver and his or her tractor trailer company can be held liable for damages.

In addition to handling cases that involve commercial tractor trailers on the road, we also handle cases that involve RVs and 18 wheelers. These types of cases are unique in nature and can be prevented when implementing the right safety measures. These types of cases are often due to vehicle rollovers, faulty equipment or driver negligence.

Liability for a Tractor Trailer Accident

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. Although tractor trailer drivers are directly accountable for the accidents they cause, liability might also apply to the company the driver works for, the company the shipment is being delivered to, or the company that loaded the tractor trailer.

Tractor trailer 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 tractor trailer company to ensure that log books are being properly updated and protocols are being followed.

Drivers of RVs or tractor trailers must establish proper experience to operate such large vehicles. They, too, must abide by the road rules, but have additional factors to consider when driving due to the greater size of their vehicle.

In certain instances, drivers travel in teams. One person will drive the tractor trailer while the other person rests and then they switch. When there is a tractor trailer accident which involves a co-driver, this person may also be able to sue the actual person driving at the time and the tractor trailer company, if they are injured. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, contact us at (877) 591-1801 for a no-cost obligation to determine your rights. 

Tractor Trailer Accident FAQs

What compensation can be recovered?

If you are a victim of a tractor trailer accident, the most important thing to focus on is your health and recovery. Accident-related expenses, such as medical costs to pay for tractor trailer accident injuries, can quickly add up causing undue stress on a person. Hiring a tractor trailer 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 tractor trailer 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

The cost of being injured in a tractor trailer accident can lead to 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 tractor trailer accident attorneys have secured successful verdicts and multi-million dollar settlement for our clients. We fight for the highest possible outcome for every injury case we take.

How can an Atlanta tractor trailer accident lawyer help me?

When you’ve been injured in a tractor trailer accident, the last thing you may want to do is deal with an insurance company or a driver’s tractor trailer company. Our Atlanta-based trucking accident firm has the experience and expertise needed to handle your 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 tractor trailer company must follow and expectations to set when discussing settlement offers.

Without an attorney, an insurance company may pay out a minimal settlement to you that will not begin to cover the cost of your tractor trailer accident injuries. You should not have to suffer more for an accident that you were not at fault for causing. Our lawyers 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 tractor trailer 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 tractor trailer accident settlement?

Every tractor trailer accident case is different. There’s no real “average” settlement amount for tractor trailers or an 18-wheeler accident. The final settlement for any tractor trailer 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 tractor trailer accident lawyers have secured settlements for amounts over $30 million. We have recovered a total of nearly $350 million for our clients in the state of Georgia alone.  

What should you look for in a tractor trailer lawyer?

The outcome of an injury lawsuit can depend heavily on the skill and capability of the attorney(s) handling the case. When seeking a tractor trailer lawyer, you should examine many different aspects, including their track record, years of experience, and knowledge of specific trucking accident laws. 

Also, since you will be working very closely with the lawyer, you’ll want to select an attorney who is compassionate, communicates well, and responds quickly to your phone calls, emails, and texts.

What to ask a 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 tractor trailer accident case. You can ask any variety of questions, like:

  • How long do I have to file a tractor trailer 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 tractor trailer accident attorneys at Fried Goldberg at (877) 591-1801 for a free, no obligation consultation. Our lawyers are available to answer any questions you might have about your case. 

Why Choose Our Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys?

At Fried Goldberg LLC, our tractor trailer accident attorneys have devoted many hours of 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.

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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 tractor trailer accident attorney about your case. Contact Fried Goldberg LLC at (877) 591-1801. We offer free case evaluations and we are dedicated to helping our clients seek justice.

More Tractor Trailer FAQs

What happens after a car is hit by a tractor trailer?
In a collision between a passenger car and tractor trailer, there may be serious injuries and extensive property damage. After the accident, several steps should occur. These include:

  • Seeking medical attention for all injured parties
  • Filing a police report
  • Contacting insurance agents to see what coverage applies
  • Securing a tractor trailer accident lawyer who can assist with a claim

If you’ve been involved in a trucking accident, be sure not to make statements to the other party or their insurance agents that might be used against you. Also, be sure to retain any important documents or forms that could help your case.

Can you drive a tractor trailer without a CDL?
Commercial drivers license (CDL) requirements for tractor trailers depend on several different factors. These include the vehicle’s size, weight, and occupancy capacity, the nature of the cargo being carried, and other factors.

If you’ve been in an accident with a tractor trailer and the driver didn’t have a proper commercial license when they were supposed to, it could raise additional legal issues. It could also be an indicator of more violations allowed within the driver’s company.

How much can you get from a tractor trailer accident?
As mentioned, there is no set amount or average settlement for tractor trailer accident claims, as each case will be different. However, the amount of damages obtained can change depending on several factors, including:

  • Severity of the injuries and damages
  • Reliability of the evidence presented in trial
  • The attorney’s ability to effectively argue the case

Thus, it’s important to select an attorney who can craft a sound legal strategy and utilize the evidence to prove the case and obtain the best award possible. Contact Fried Goldberg at (877) 591-1801 to speak with an experienced tractor trailer accident attorney who can handle your claim.

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“The customer service of  Attorney Parker Green was outstanding. Parker Green was my mom’s attorney and  he made the process with my mom’s case manageable. He took his time to go over the entire process with My mom and I. He gave my mom frequent updates on her case. Parker was our Attorney, he made our entire family feel so comfortable through the entire process. I highly recommend this firm and I HIGHLY recommend Attorney Parker Green. Thank you!”
– Alice H.

“I worked with Adam Smith on my case and he was great. Always in touch with me and went above and beyond to always explain every detail of the case to me and answer any questions I had, day or night. Always set aside time out of his schedule to call and explain all the details as well. He was a pleasure to work with and really understood and sympathized with the injury that I had suffered caused by the accident. He worked hard to get me the most compensation that he could for the pain and suffering I have endured. I highly recommend him to anyone with the legal needs he handles.”
– Morning G.

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Our experienced attorneys have represented individuals who have been seriously injured. We are proud of the outstanding reputation we have within our industry and our track record of success, which sets us apart. In particular, we have recovered a total of nearly $350 million for our clients in the state of Georgia.

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