Dalton Personal Injury Attorneys Committed to Full Compensation For Truck Accident Victims
Helping to hold trucking companies accountable for negligence
Injuries involving tractor-trailers and other large trucks can be more devastating due to their potential to damage multiple vehicles and physical structures, like bridges and trestles. In Georgia, large trucks caused 179 deaths in 2016: about one fatality every other day. If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking crash, speak with the experienced personal injury attorneys at Mitchell & Mitchell, PC, in Dalton. We are dedicated to delivering exceptional representation and making you as whole as much as possible.
How are truck accidents different from other auto accidents?
A fully-loaded tractor trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, compared to an average car weight of 3,000 pounds. That added weight makes it very difficult for a truck to stop quickly to avoid an accident. The higher the speed, the greater the distance required to stop. A car traveling 65 mph would take the length of a football field to stop; an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer would need a far greater distance.
Tractor-trailers and large trucks have more limited sight lines than that of cars. It is harder for truck drivers to see what is around them, especially another vehicle attempting to pass on the right. This makes for a serious hazard when the truck changes lanes, navigates narrow roads or turns at an intersection.
Truck accidents tend have a greater number of parties involved: the truck’s owner or lessor, the business that hires the truck, and the driver, who may be or work for an independent contractor. Each party will have their own insurer, as will the drivers of other vehicles involved in the crash. In addition, some of the parties may be from out of state. For all these reasons, the cases may be more complex.
Our Dalton personal injury attorneys understand how the differences between vehicle types can affect a crash and its aftermath, and we apply that knowledge when pursuing compensation for our clients.
Investigating multiple causes for truck accidents
Our attorneys thoroughly investigate all potential causes of trucking accidents, some of which may not be obvious at first. Studies show the following are the most common causes:
- Driver non-performance — The driver was asleep, ill or physically impaired.
- Driver inattentiveness — The driver was distracted or failed to pay attention.
- Driver poor decision — The driver was speeding, driving carelessly, following too closely or not adjusting to poor weather conditions.
- Driver poor performance — The driver reacted improperly to a situation.
- Drunk or drugged driving — The driver violated federal motor carrier restrictions regarding ingestion of alcohol or drugs.
- Poor truck maintenance or mechanical defects — These might include failed parts, loading errors or an overweight vehicle.
We examine all logs required by law to be kept by the driver and the trucking company, including those for a drivers’ time on the road and at rest, maintenance, vehicle weight, plus driver history and training. In addition, we review the same evidence that we do for every auto accident, including police reports and witness statements.
Contact a qualified attorney to file your truck accident injury claim
If you are injured in truck accident, you should consult a capable, experienced attorney as soon as possible. This will assure you are apprised of your legal rights and that your claim will be prepared and pursued in the way most likely to achieve the financial recovery you need to pay your medical and household bills or compensate you for your long-term damages. Truck insurance companies and their lawyers will try to pay as little as possible on your claim. Our attorneys will handle your claim from the initial filing through evidence collection, investigation and negotiation of a settlement or court litigation.
Consult with a Dalton truck accident attorney about your rights
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, speak with the lawyers at Mitchell & Mitchell, PC by calling 706-508-4614 or contact us online to set up an appointment. We do not charge a consultation fee in these cases and we get paid only if we obtain a recovery for you. Our firm serves people in Dalton and throughout Whitfield County.