How Georgia Truck Accident Claims Differ From Car Accident Claims

Georgia Truck Accident Attorney

If you are involved in a truck accident in Georgia, you need to contact an experienced truck accident attorney. Cases involving truck collisions differ in important respects from typical passenger vehicle accidents. These accidents tend to cause more severe injuries, which can require longer-term care. Dozier Law’s truck accident lawyers are trained to collect evidence unique to drivers with commercial driver’s licenses. This evidence can be critical in your case.

Truck Accidents Usually Involve More Severe Injuries

A fully loaded commercial truck can weigh more than 80,000 pounds. That is 27 times the average weight of a passenger vehicle. At impact, a loaded truck will collide with the force of 20 passenger automobiles. The resulting injuries can be catastrophic.

Common injuries from truck accidents include death, dismemberment, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, brain injuries, broken bones, soft tissue injuries, internal bleeding, and organ damage. Some of these injuries may not be readily apparent at the time of the accident. Moreover, some may require long-term treatment.

Due to the severe injuries accompanying truck accidents, insurance companies are willing to go to great lengths to settle your case privately. This is never to your advantage. Insurance companies offer you a quick monetary settlement because they do not want you to speak to a qualified Georgia truck accident attorney. Insurance companies want to settle quickly with you at a low number to reduce the amount of their exposure, prevent you from fully understanding your injuries and long-term care needs, and before you can adequately investigate the cause of the accident.

The insurance company is there to protect their client and their bottom line. You need to take steps to ensure that an experienced Georgia truck accident lawyer equally protects your interests.

Special Requirements For Commercial Truck Operators

Holding a commercial truck operator’s license is a privilege that comes with added responsibilities. The law recognizes the increased risk large trucks pose on Georgia highways and imposes special requirements on those operators. As a result of these regulations, far more evidence exists that needs to be obtained and examined in a truck collision. An experienced Georgia truck accident lawyer can guide you through the process and maximize the worth of your case.

One significant difference relates to driving under the influence. An operator of a passenger vehicle is under the influence with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08. A commercial truck driver in Georgia is under the influence with a BAC of .04. If the truck operator is under the influence, it is critical information for your case.

Commercial Operators are also subject to different speed limits in certain situations. The law recognizes that a passenger car safely negotiates curves, corners, and wind exposure, which would be dangerous for commercial trucks. The truck can flip, jackknife, or slide off the road when these operators disregard these rules. The loss of control poses a massive risk to the drivers of passenger vehicles nearby.

Many trucks contain communication devices that store information such as the speed and direction of the truck. Obtaining this information could be critical to your case.

Beyond the examples above, Georgia requires commercial truck operators to follow numerous regulations related to the truck’s safe operation. For example, the truck must regularly go through a rigorous inspection process. After a truck accident, your lawyer will obtain the truck’s inspection records to ensure that the owner and operator have followed all safety rules for the truck. If an issue in the logs was not addressed and contributed to the accident, you must present that evidence to the court.

There are also detailed records concerning each operator. The operator must receive, pass, and maintain standards in specialized training. If he has not maintained his training requirements or is engaging in fraud or deception, these records will be instrumental in uncovering that evidence. If the operator did not possess the required training, you need that evidence before considering any settlement.

Many commercial drivers are also subject to limitations on the amount of driving they can do within a period of time. These regulations ensure that the operator is well-rested and less likely to operate the truck recklessly, which endangers others. One way to track the operator’s driving is by examining his logbooks. While drivers can easily doctor these logs, there are other ways to uncover this evidence. Specifically, many trucks come equipped with GPS devices, and we can obtain that data to benefit your case. Alternatively, we can use the bill of lading and documented deliveries to retrace the operator’s driving history.

Consult With A Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer

Dozier Law’s experienced Georgia truck accident lawyers understand that each injury is unique. We take the time to meet with you and understand your case. Our initial consultation is free. We will answer all your questions and ensure you fully understand your options. In addition, when we represent you, we will gather all the available evidence to support your case and make sure that your compensation reflects the full extent of your injuries.

Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer

Did you sustain a truck accident injury in Georgia? If so, you will want to consult with a lawyer keen on truck accident lawsuits and insurance claims. Dozier Law has experienced injury lawyers who know how to hold bad truck drivers and their employers responsible for the injuries that they cause. We ensure that injured clients understand their legal options and rights. We do our best to help injured clients recover compensation and justice. Our attorneys will work diligently on your behalf to help get you the best resolution to your matter. Contact Dozier Law today by calling (888) 239-2129 or by contacting us online to speak with a skilled Georgia truck accident attorney about your case.

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