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Were you or a loved one injured in a truck wreck in Georgia?
Finding a lawyer with the right background is crucial. Our attorneys specialize in securing
compensation for injured truck accident victims and their families.
The city of Atlanta first began as a sleepy railroad town, established to connect the Western & Atlantic Railroad of the State of Georgia. In fact, back in 1837, Atlanta was known as Terminus, due to the settlement’s location along the railroad. While much has changed from then to now, modern-day Atlanta continued to be a thriving hub of transportation, shipping and warehousing—a fact that can be witnessed every day by all of the semi-trucks, 18-wheelers and tractor-trailers on metro Atlanta roads, highways and interstates.
Whether transporting freight from across the country or picking up shipments from Atlanta Hartsfield– Jackson International Airport—one of the busiest airports in the world—commercial semis and large trucks present real risks and dangers to Atlanta motorists. Due to their large size and heavy cargo, tractor-trailer semi-trucks and tankers are like moving buildings that can take out virtually anything in their path—including other vehicles, pedestrians, motorcyclists and more.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a total of 4,119 people died in large truck crashes in 2019—most of which (67 percent) were passengers of cars and other vehicles. Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists accounted for another 15 percent of fatalities.
What’s more, the rate of truck accident fatalities has only gotten worse in recent years. Despite improved safety technology and widespread awareness about the dangers of trucking, the number of people who were killed in truck crashes was 31 percent higher in 2019 than in 2009.
And these statistics only reveal the disturbing trends around truck crash deaths. They don’t account for the tens or even hundreds of thousands of people who are seriously hurt in a collision with a semi or tractor-trailer.
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a truck accident—or your loved one was killed in a fatal crash—you should know that Georgia personal injury laws allow you to recover compensation for damages such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, burial expenses and more.
What type of truck hit you?
Large trucks come in all shapes and sizes, depending on the task it needs to perform. Some of the most common commercial trucks found on Atlanta area roads include:
How were you injured?
Very few people walk away from a truck accident. If they survive, truck crash victims often suffer serious and catastrophic injuries that have long-term or permanent repercussions. Some of the most common injuries include:
● Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
● Spinal cord injury and paralysis
● Internal bleeding and organ damage
● Broken bones
● Back and neck injuries (whiplash)
● Severe burns
● Amputation and disfigurement
● Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Georgia truck accident laws: liability, fault
In addition to the severity of injuries and scale of the damage, one of the many reasons why obtaining compensation for a truck accident can be so complicated is that determining who is “liable” (or at fault) isn’t always so simple. In a typical accident between 2 passenger vehicles, 1 of the drivers is to blame — or perhaps the fault is shared equally between both parties.
However, in a truck wreck, several parties may be involved, making it difficult for accident victims to know who is responsible for paying their damages and how much. Plus, these various individuals and companies may try to shift the blame onto another party and claim no responsibility.
Here are just a few of the possible parties that might be liable for a truck accident:
What’s more, Georgia operates under a modified comparative negligence (fault) system when it comes to truck accidents. This means that the responsibility each individual bears for an accident is considered in the final award or verdict. While you can still seek compensation if you were partly at fault for a truck accident, your damages will be reduced by your degree (or percentage) of liability.
To overcome these and other challenges, truck accident victims in Georgia should consult with an experienced and knowledgeable truck injury attorney as soon as possible. Georgia’s statute of limitations for a truck accident lawsuit is typically 2 years from the date of the crash. However, the sooner you seek legal help the better your attorney can prepare for building a strong case.
Meet your Georgia truck accident attorney
Julian Lewis Sanders founded The Law Offices of Julian Lewis Sanders and Associates in 2003. The firm proudly serves Atlanta and the surrounding communities of Georgia in personal injury law.
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At the Law Office of Julian Lewis Sanders & Associates, we understand the tremendous physical, emotional and financial toll a truck accident can take on the lives of victims and their families. In addition to the stacks of medical expenses piling up, you may be worried about paying the bills while being out of work. And then there’s the question of justice — holding those responsible accountable for your losses.
Our Georgia truck accident attorneys can help you seek compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress and more. We’ll start by investigating the details of your crash and identifying all liable parties. Then, we’ll calculate your damages (short and long-term) and negotiate for a full and fair settlement — or fight for you in court, if it comes to that.