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Truck accidents are often especially devastating due to the sheer size and weight of the vehicles involved. Many victims consequently sustain catastrophic injuries that require expensive ongoing care.
If you are injured in a truck accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you should not have to worry about how you will keep up with exorbitant medical bills or make up for an inability to work.
Our Brunswick truck accident lawyer knows how to effectively approach these cases and will fight to hold all negligent parties accountable.
At Mayfield Law, LLC, we make it our mission to recover the compensation you deserve. Alex Mayfield previously represented some of America’s largest insurance companies, giving our firm insider knowledge that we use to optimally position our clients.
When you hire our team, you can rest easy knowing your case is in good hands. We will manage the legal process so you can focus on recovery.
A great firm that goes above and beyond for the client. Alex is a dedicated and experienced lawyer who knows how to maximize his client's recovery.Taylor B.
In most types of car accidents and motorcycle accidents, the negligent driver is typically the only party liable for damages. Truck accidents work a bit differently, as multiple parties may be legally responsible.
Depending on the circumstances of the truck accident, you may be able to recover compensation from:
- The truck driver
- The truck driver’s employer
- The truck’s owner
- The manufacturer of a defective truck component
- The cargo loading company
- The trucking company’s insurance company
The cause of the accident will help determine who is liable for your accident-related injuries. For example, if a truck’s improper loading results in a crash, the cargo loading company may be liable for the accident. Similarly, if a trucking company requires its employees to meet certain quotas that inevitably result in fatigued driving and related accidents, you may be able to hold the trucking company accountable for negligence.
Every truck accident is different, but the stakes are always high. Our team at Mayfield Law, LLC, can analyze the facts of your case, determine liability, and advise how to move forward.
Understanding Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are often the result of various factors, making them more challenging than standard automobile accidents. Some common reasons truck accidents happen include:
- Driver Fatigue: Long hours on the road can lead to tired truck drivers, increasing the risk of accidents.
- Inadequate Training: Inexperienced or poorly trained truck drivers may struggle to handle their vehicles safely.
- Distracted Driving: Just like any driver, truckers can become distracted, leading to accidents.
- Speeding: Excessive speed is a common factor in truck accidents.
- Mechanical Failures: Poorly maintained trucks can lead to catastrophic accidents.
- Overloaded or Unsecured Cargo: Poorly secured or overloaded cargo can cause trucks to become unstable, leading to accidents.
Types of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents come in various forms, each with its own challenges and legal implications. These accidents may include:
- Jackknife Accidents: The trailer of a truck swings out at an angle, resembling a folding jackknife.
- Rollover Accidents: The truck rolls onto its side due to factors like speeding and shifting cargo.
- Rear-End Collisions: When a truck crashes into the rear of another vehicle, often due to inadequate braking distance.
- Underride Accidents: Smaller vehicles may become wedged beneath the rear or side of a truck.
- Override Accidents: Occur when a truck drives over the rear of a smaller vehicle.
- Wide Turn Accidents: Trucks require extra space to make turns, potentially causing collisions.
Tactics Employed by Trucking Companies
Trucking companies and their insurers often employ various tactics to avoid liability or minimize compensation. These tactics may include:
- Quick Settlement Offers: Insurers may pressure victims into quick settlements, often offering far less than deserved.
- Evidence Preservation: Trucking companies may attempt to destroy or hide evidence that proves their negligence.
- Blaming the Victim: Insurers may attempt to shift blame onto the victim to reduce their liability.
Trucking Law and Regulations
Because trucks can cause such catastrophic damage to other motorists in the event of an accident, there are many laws commercial truck drivers are required to follow both on and off the road. One of these rules is called the hours of service regulation. The purpose of these set of rules is to prevent fatigued driving, a major cause of truck accidents. Thus the laws are aimed at ensuring that truck drivers get an adequate amount of sleep and rest each day, and are not overworked. The hours of service regulation states that:
- Truck drivers can work a maximum of14 hours in a workday. Of these 14 hours, however, truckers can only drive for 11 hours, with the remaining time spent on rest or meal breaks
- Truck drivers must rest for at least 10 consecutive hours before beginning a new workday.
- Truck drivers are required to take days off work at regular intervals
Unfortunately, whether due to truck driver negligence or pressure from the trucking companies driver’s work for, these rules are not always followed, which can lead to a much higher chance of an accident occurring. If you have been injured, contact our firm today to talk to an attorney about your options.
You will only have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in Georgia. If a loved one died as a direct result of a truck accident, you will have two years from the date of their passing to initiate a wrongful death claim.
Truck accident cases tend to involve intense out-of-court negotiations between all parties, including insurance companies. We will work to negotiate a fair settlement, but if one cannot be reached, we are always prepared to go to trial.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, our Brunswick truck accident attorney will work to recover full compensation for:
- Medical expenses, including ongoing rehabilitative care
- Lost wages, including permanent reductions in earning capacity
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Punitive damages
The defense may claim you were partially or completely responsible for the truck accident. In these cases, the jury will attempt to determine each party’s role in causing the accident.
If you are assigned any percentage of the blame, your final damage award will be commensurately reduced. You will not be able to recover anything if the court decides you were at least 50% responsible.
Hiring capable legal representation can be key to securing a favorable outcome in your personal injury claim. When you choose our firm to represent you, we will tirelessly champion your interests in and out of the courtroom.
Our Brunswick truck accident lawyer has the knowledge and resources to effectively advocate for you in these complex cases, and we will do everything we can to make the legal process as painless as possible. Do not wait to seek legal guidance if you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident. Call (912) 455-2045 or contact us online today.
We understand that each client and every case is unique. We work with you to efficiently and effectively develop the proper course of action for your particular case.
At Mayfield Law, you have direct access to your attorney. You will constantly be provided with honesty and transparency into your case, and we will work to ensure that your goals are met.
When you work with our team, you can rest assured that you will not only have an attorney, but also an advocate who will tirelessly work to secure the best possible outcome on your case.
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At Mayfield Law, we don't believe there is a one-size-fits-all approach to legal cases. We always work directly with you to secure the best possible outcome for you.