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    Atlanta is a significant economic hub for commercial trucking. As a matter of fact, thousands of trucks make their way in and out of the region each day, carrying all types of cargo. Although these trucks are an integral part of regional and nation-wide commerce, they also frequently cause accidents. Truck accidents 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. Similarly, we understand 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 a lawyer as soon as possible about your legal options. Call our Atlanta truck accident lawyers to discuss how you can earn the financial compensation that you need to recover from your losses.

    To speak with one of our experienced and skilled lawyers at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, submit your information through our online form or call (404) 419-6674. Then, we will contact you as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis which means that 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 lawyers 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. 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 caused the wreck. That’s okay. However, you should call an Atlanta truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Your lawyer will investigate the crash, review the evidence, and analyze liability. Then, your lawyer will get to the bottom of what happened and advise you on the best course of action to recover compensation for your injuries.

    Common Truck Accident Injuries

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

    The physical and mental repercussions of a truck accident can be severe. For instance, you may be out of work for a long period of time. Additionally, you may require new vocational training. Perhaps, you are 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 will document the full extent of your injuries and obtain maximum compensation.

    No case is too big or too small for us. We specialize in helping injury victims that suffer from a permanent disability, or the loss of a loved one. However, we are glad to help you even if you’ve only suffered moderate injuries.

    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 the truck 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. Likewise, you may feel overwhelmed. However, try to keep a cool head and gather as much information as possible. That way, you will be in a much better position to settle your case for top value.

    After you speak to the police officer, you should go get checked out at the hospital. The hospital doctors will treat your wounds and check for concussions, broken bones and internal bleeding. Once the doctor discharges you, you should head home and relax. Then, you should call the Atlanta truck accident lawyers at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers. We’ll take it from there.

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    Trucking Laws & Regulations

    Truck accident cases different from car accident cases in several ways. For starters, trucks can cause far more damage than cars due to their size and weight. Next, in a truck accident case there are typically more potential defendants than in a car accident case. For instance, the truck driver is not the only party that you sue. The truck driver’s employer is also at fault if the truck driver caused the wreck while he was on duty. The truck company can also be sued if it hired and retained the truck driver despite the fact that he had a bad driving record.

    Commercial truck drivers and their employers must also obey many federal and state laws that aren’t applicable to ordinary drivers. Those trucking laws and regulations are strict. If the truck driver or their employer violated one or more regulations at the time of the accident, then they are in big trouble.

    Trucking regulations encompass licensing, hours of service, inspections, repairs, maintenance, and much more. Commercial drivers must have their commercial driver’s license (CDL). Then, depending on the type of truck and its cargo, they may also have to obtain additional endorsements.

    Many truckers also drive many more hours than they are allowed to. Sometimes they do that to earn more money. Other times they do that because of pressure from their bosses. Those long hours inevitably lead to truck accidents. Then, the truck drivers alter their service logs to hide the evidence. Your trucking accident lawyer will do everything they can to expose those lies.

    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.

    You should contact a truck accident lawyer to determine whether the truck driver violated any state or federal regulations. 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 vehicle defect contributed to the crash, 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 Atlanta truck accident lawyer. Your best chance of bringing a successful claim is by hiring a lawyer 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 lawyer 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 a lawyer 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 lawyer 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 lawyer. 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.