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    Atlanta is a significant economic hub for commercial trucking. Thousands of trucks make their way in and out of the region each day, carrying all types of cargo. While these trucks are an integral part of regional and nation-wide commerce, they also frequently cause accidents, which inflict significant physical, psychological, and financial injuries. At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, our Atlanta personal injury lawyers handle a wide range of truck accident cases. We know how devastating these crashes are, and how difficult it can be for you and your family to get back on your feet.

    If you were injured in a truck accident or lost a loved one, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible about your legal options. By calling an Atlanta truck accident lawyer, you can discuss a path towards financial compensation and securing what you need to recover from your losses.

    To speak with one of our experienced and skilled attorneys at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, submit your information through our online form or call (404) 419-6674. We will contact you as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation. For all of our truck accident cases, you do not owe us anything unless we win your case.

    Types of Truck Accidents

    At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, our Atlanta truck accident attorneys have several decades of experience representing individuals in personal injury cases, wrongful death situations, and insurance claims following:

    • 18-Wheeler & Semi-Truck Accidents
    • Underride and Override Accidents
    • Spilled Load Accidents
    • Jackknife Accidents
    • Wide Turning Truck Accidents
    • Rollover Accidents
    • Truckers Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
    • Trucking Blind Spot Accidents

    If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a car accident with a semi-truck or any type of truck accident, contact us to discuss your right and options. If another party is responsible for the crash, then we will explain how we may secure compensation for you.

    Common Causes of Truck Accidents

    There are an average of over 5,000 truck accidents in Georgia every year. Similar to other motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents occur due to a wide range of issues.

    Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

    • Drunk Driving
    • Drugged Driving
    • Speeding
    • Distracted Driving
    • Drowsy Driving
    • Failure to Keep a Lookout
    • Failure to Check Blind Spots
    • Insufficient Driver Training
    • Unqualified Driver
    • Improperly Loaded Cargo
    • Overloading
    • Insufficient Vehicle Maintenance
    • Vehicle Defects
    • Mechanical Failure
    • Poor Weather
    • Poor Road Conditions

    After a serious truck accident, you may not know what went wrong. Despite being confident that you are not at fault, you may have no clue what the trucker did wrong. The best thing to do is contact a truck accident attorney in Atlanta. By having an attorney on your side, you have a knowledgeable professional to investigate the crash, review the evidence, and analyze liability. Your lawyer will get to the bottom of what happened and advise you on the best course of action to pursue compensation.

    Common Truck Accident Injuries

    If you were in a vehicle/truck or pedestrian/truck accident, you might suffer from:

    Whether you are recovering from moderate injuries or confronted by a future with a permanent disability or the loss of a loved one, a truck accident attorney in Atlanta, GA, is here to help. We understand that the physical and psychological repercussions of a truck accident can be severe. You may be out of work for a long period of time, require new vocational training, or completely unable to return to work. In addition to the common physical injuries after a truck accident, you may experience anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, personality changes, and more. At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, we are here to document the full extent of your injuries and pursue the maximum compensation possible.

    What to Do After a Truck Accident

    There are a few steps you should take after a truck accident, including:

    • Call 911 to ask for the police or emergency services.
    • Assist anyone in need.
    • Exchange information with any other drivers.
    • Obtain other driver’s insurance information.
    • Obtain witness’s names and contact information.
    • Document the scene by taking photos and video on your phone.

    It can be difficult to be polite and responsive after a traumatic experience. Yet, keeping a cool head and gathering as much information as possible after a crash can help you move forward with a compensation claim.

    Our tractor trailer accident attorneys understand that you may not have had the chance to do any of this after a crash. If you were injured, then you may have been immediately taken to a local hospital. In that situation, it is important to call us as soon as possible. We will investigate the crash and gather evidence on your behalf while you recover from your injuries.

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    Trucking Laws & Regulations

    One of the reasons truck accident claims are different from car accident cases is that commercial trucking companies must follow a number of federal and state laws. Trucking laws and regulations are complex and strict. If the truck driver or their employer violated one or more regulations at the time of the accident, then that may be evidence of the truck driver’s negligence.

    Essential trucking regulations encompass licensing, hours of service, inspections, repairs, maintenance, and much more. Commercial drivers must have their commercial driver’s license (CDL) and, depending on the type of truck and its cargo, may require additional endorsements. Hours of service rules are commonly violated, or at least, many truckers attempt to get around them. Whether due to pressure from above or their own desire to increase their income, truckers often try to fudge the numbers to drive longer than they should in a day. Trucks must also follow strict rules on how they load cargo, how much cargo they may carry, as well as when to conduct inspections and make repairs.

    Additionally, truck drivers have strict rules against impaired driving. Truckers can be charged with a DUI if their blood alcohol concentration is .04 percent or higher – not the typical standard of .08 percent.

    To learn more about federal and Georgia trucking regulations and to determine if any laws were violated in relation to your accident, meet with a truck accident lawyer in Atlanta. Our team at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC is prepared to investigate the crash, review the evidence, and determine whether the other party violated the law.

    Liability in Truck Accident Cases

    Careless driving is one of the most common causes of accidents. However, truck drivers are not the only liable parties. When the truck driver is at fault and employed by a company, their employer may also be liable. The trucking company may also be liable if an issue with the cargo, maintenance, or repairs caused the accident. If a defect was at fault, then the truck manufacturer may be liable. Also, if another vehicle was responsible, then we may seek compensation from that at-fault driver, as well. For help in determining liability for the truck accident and your injuries, call an Atlanta truck wreck lawyer at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC.

    Damages in Truck Accident Cases

    Another difference between truck and car crashes is that truck collisions typically result in higher-value settlements or court awards for the resulting truck accident damages. This is largely because truck accidents often result in more significant injuries and property damage than car crashes. One of our semi-truck accident lawyers will discuss with you the best course of action to secure compensation for your damages, including:

    • Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
    • Past, present, and future medical costs
    • Pain and suffering
    • Permanent disability or disfigurement
    • Property damage
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    Fatal Truck Accidents

    If you lost a child, spouse, or parent in a fatal truck accident, then you need to speak with an attorney from an Atlanta truck accident law firm. Your best chance of bringing a successful claim is by hiring an attorney specifically experienced in handling truck accidents. A truck accident lawyer will be familiar with the complexities of truck accident cases, know how to gather and review evidence, and will explain how to pursue compensation for:

    • Loss of companionship
    • Mental anguish
    • Loss of guidance and nurturing
    • Funeral and burial expenses
    • Loss of benefits

    Atlanta Truck Accident FAQ

    What Should I Do After a Truck Accident?

    When a truck hits you, you will need an attorney to act fast to preserve the crash evidence. The trucking company possesses critical evidence such as the crash data recorder, dash cam video footage and driver’s logs. If you don’t hire an attorney and notify the trucking company ASAP that they need to preserve that evidence, the trucking company might destroy it. If the trucking company still destroys the evidence after your attorney notifies them that they need to preserve it, the court might decide to impose severe sanctions against the trucking company. If you didn’t send that notice in time, you will miss that opportunity.

    Can I Sue The Company that Employed the Truck Driver that Injured Me?

    Yes. If the truck driver was driving in the scope of his employment at the time of the collision, you can sue his employer for your losses. Many employers deny that the truck driver was working at the time of the collision in an attempt to avoid compensating a victim. If that happens to you, you will need a lawyer to help you collect evidence to prove that the truck driver was on the job at the time he caused the collision.

    How Much Does It Cost To Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer?

    Personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means that the client only pays fees if they recover compensation. Lawyers deduct a percentage from the amount that the client receives, pursuant to a contract the client signs when the client retains the attorney. You shouldn’t hire a lawyer that won’t handle your case on a contingency fee basis.

    How Long Does It Usually Take to Settle a Car Accident Lawsuit?

    If you have relatively minor injuries and only receive medical treatment for 1-3 months, your case can typically be settled in 4-6 months. If your injuries are serious and you treat for at least 6-9 months, your case will typically take 12-18 months to resolve.

    How Long Do I Have to Sue A Truck Driver?

    Georgia law gives accident victims two years from the date of the collision to sue the truck driver. That may seem like a lot of time. But, it goes much quicker than most people expect, especially if the victim has serious injuries that require months, or years of medical treatment. It also may take your lawyer months to investigate your claim and gather evidence if liability is disputed. The sooner you hire a lawyer, the better. Georgia law gives accident victims two years from the date of the collision to sue the truck driver. That may seem like a lot of time. But, it goes much quicker than most people expect, especially if the victim has serious injuries that require months, or years of medical treatment. It also may take your lawyer months to investigate your claim and gather evidence if liability is disputed. The sooner you hire a lawyer, the better.

    Why Should I hire Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers?

    Lawyers that advertise on TV, billboards, radio, and buses don’t have the time or the resources to successfully litigate truck accident cases. Their goal is to settle your case as quickly as possible – even if that means settling your case for far less than its true value. If they can’t get your case quickly settled, they will abandon your case.
    At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, we have the time, the dedication, and the resources to recover every last insurance dollar that you’re entitled to receive. We’re also not afraid to litigate a challenging case. We’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars in truck accident cases including a $16 million dollar verdict in 2016.

    Contact an Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyer Today

    Following a truck accident in which you are injured or lost a relative, you will benefit from contacting us at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC. We understand the difficulties you face after a serious accident and are here to take the burden off of your shoulders. We have over 33 years of experience helping individuals who have been seriously injured or lost loved ones.

    We represent people in truck accident cases throughout Fulton County, DeKalb County, Clayton County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County, and across the rest of Georgia.

    Contact us through the online form or call (404) 419-6674 to schedule a free consultation.