Commercial trucking is a necessary industry in the United States. Every day, hundreds of thousands of 18-wheelers exceeding 80,000 pounds fill the streets and highways. Driving next to these big rigs is dangerous, but almost unavoidable. If you end up in a collision with a large truck, contact the Gwinnett County commercial truck accident attorneys at Dermer Appel Ruder. Our attorneys are specially equipped to deal with truck accident claims:
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 179 accident-related fatalities involved large trucks in Georgia in 2016. Only two of these deaths were the occupants of the large trucks. The rest were occupants of other vehicles (or bicyclists and pedestrians). In Gwinnett County the same year, seven people died in large truck accidents. Nationally, there were 475,000 commercial truck accidents in 2016 – 104,000 caused injuries and 3,864 were fatal. Truck drivers and trucking companies often have the power to prevent these accidents.
Despite being in control of huge, heavy, and extremely dangerous vehicles, truck drivers aren’t always as prudent or careful as they should be. Sometimes, they cut corners and break the rules to make deliveries on time or make their bosses happy. Unfortunately, even one mistake can mean the difference between life and death from behind the wheel of a big rig. The following are some of the most common causes of commercial truck accidents:
No matter what caused your truck accident and injuries, our Gwinnett County commercial truck accident lawyer can help. Our core beliefs are honesty, integrity, and aggressive representation within the bounds of the law. Our attorneys will become your partner during the civil suit process, guiding your decision-making processes and doing all we can to secure you the best possible compensation award. Contact us for assistance, whether you know exactly what caused your crash or you need a team of investigators on the scene. We’ll take it from there.
Commercial trucks must obey a separate set of traffic laws than regular motor vehicles. Not only due truck companies have to obey rules under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA), but also Georgia’s state-specific statutes. Hundreds of rules exist that trucking companies and their employees must follow, from how to properly load cargo on the back of a truck to hours-of-service regulations. Our attorneys know the most commonly breached trucking laws in Georgia, as well as how to prove that someone broke the law. We can help you get to the bottom of your case.
The trucking company will be liable in most commercial truck accident cases. The FMSCA holds companies responsible for accidents involving their trucks and drivers, even if the drivers are independent contractors and the trucks are under lease. That means if a distracted or negligent truck driver caused your accident, the company he/she works for will be liable. The trucking company will also be liable for maintenance- or cargo-related accidents.
You need a Gwinnett County commercial truck accident lawyer during truck accident claims to maximize your odds of securing financial compensation. Trucking companies have plenty of resources to spend on fighting your lawsuit. They can and will do all in their power to avoid paying you what you deserve. Only help from experienced attorneys such as those at Dermer Appel Ruder have the means and the in-depth understanding of the law you need for a successful claim. Discuss your rights today during a free consultation. Serving Atlanta and all surrounding areas!