Semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles make up a large percentage of traffic throughout Georgia, including the often congested I-285 that circles the Atlanta Metropolis and serves as an artery to major roadways to include I-75, I-85. In fact, our city serves as a major transportation hub for several large trucking companies, so it’s no surprise when we receive word of an accident involving a big rig.
The unfortunate truth about semi-truck accidents is that our clients often sustain traumatic or fatal injuries as a result of the truck driver’s and/or the company’s negligence. For an immediate consultation with Georgia semi-truck accident lawyer, Julian Lewis Sanders, regarding your rights please call 1-855-JSANDERS now.
Experienced Atlanta Semi-Truck Accident Law Firm
THE LAW OFFICES OF JULIAN LEWIS SANDERS AND ASSOCIATES, LLC has successfully represented victims who have experienced your current pain and frustration.
When you hire us to represent you for your semi-truck accident claim, you receive the full attention of our award-winning firm. This means we will be there for you throughout your entire case to answer your questions and provide you with any assistance you might require.
Semi-Truck Accidents are Different
Make no mistake about it, a collision with a semi-truck is unlike any other type of accident claim or personal injury case. Because the insurance policies for semi-trucks are often written for hundreds of thousands of dollars, the insurance company will aggressively defend these cases and do whatever they can to limit their liability.
In addition to the adjusters that handle semi-truck accident claims receiving special training, it is not uncommon for a team to be dispatched to the scene of an accident to quickly gather evidence and begin building a case against you. These facts can have dramatic consequences for a person who doesn’t understand semi-truck insurance policies and the laws written specifically for truck drivers.
You might believe your unpaid medical bills will be paid because the police report places the trucker at fault.
You might not know the minimum limits a trucking company must carry under a commercial policy.
You might believe the insurance company for the 18-wheeler will treat you fair because they are “nice” to you over the phone.
Statistics and Mistakes
One out of every 8 fatal accidents on our highways involve a semi-truck. This statistic alone confirms that there is a problem and the trucking companies should be held accountable for the negligence of their drivers.
Semi-truck drivers are under constant pressure to meet time deadlines, and in a business where time is money, a driver’s lack of adequate rest may lead to sleep deprivation. A drowsy trucker that doesn’t take mandated scheduled breaks can be the fatal cause of any serious semi-truck accident. (Drowsiness related accidents are 4.5 times more likely to involve a large truck than a passenger car. Drowsy driving is a growing epidemic among the trucking community, and it’s yet another reason for other drivers to be on constant alert while in the presence of semi-trucks.)
Common Semi-Truck Driver Mistakes
- Excessive speed.
- Driving in unsafe weather conditions.
- Mechanical failure.
- Driving with loads improperly secured.
- Spilled loads.
- Aggressive driving to meet deadlines.
- The driver leaves inadequate space between themselves and your vehicle.
- Driver’s difficulty to locate you in their blind spot.
How We Can Help
In addition to your receiving highly regarded treatment from JULIAN LEWIS SANDERS, our experience handling semi-truck accident claims will be critical to your case. This includes our knowledge of the special laws regulating semi-trucks and their drivers, as well as our ability to locate the potential of “multiple policies.”
Our Atlanta semi-truck accident law firm is able to properly survey a truck accident scene, secure proper holds on the vehicles involved, and re-create the collision by working closely with reconstruction specialists.
Semi-Truck Accident Evidence
- How many hours the trucker was supposed to drive before they were required to pull over for rest.
- Whether or not their truck exceeded weight restrictions while on the roadway.
- Verifying the types of records the trucker was required to keep during their travel.
- Determining who was allowed to drive the semi-truck.
- Ensuring appropriate licenses were issued to operate the semi-truck.
Since 2003, Semi-truck accident lawyer, JULIAN LEWIS SANDERS has represented victims and their families throughout the entire state of Georgia.
Call us at 1-855-JSANDERS for a live consultation.