Large commercial trucks transport goods around the country and are essential to the U.S. economy. However, these trucks also can cause devastating accidents on the road. Called tractor-trailers, big rigs, or 18 wheelers, large commercial trucks are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road.
If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, you need an experienced Georgia tractor trailer attorney to help you get compensation. Contact MG Law today.
Causes of Tractor-Trailer Accidents in Georgia
Big rig accidents have many causes, but a study from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) identified the main reasons, including:
- Brake problems
- Traffic congestion
- Prescription and over-the-counter drug use
- Lack of familiarity with the road
- Problems with the road
- Inadequate driver surveillance
- Driver fatigue
Some of these problems, like brake failure, are beyond the control of the truck driver. However, others are certainly the fault of the driver, such as driving while tired or taking drugs before operating the tractor-trailer.
Types of Georgia Tractor-Trailer Accidents
At MG Law, we see many common types of truck accidents, including:
- Jackknife. The trailer swings out perpendicular to the tractor, hitting vehicles in adjacent lanes. Jackknifes can shut down traffic for hours.
- Override. A big rig rides up onto the back of a vehicle stopped in front of it. Depending on the truck’s speed, it can ride into the back seat and kill anyone sitting there. Overrides often happen because of brake failure, driver fatigue, and driving too fast for conditions.
- Underride. A smaller passenger vehicle slides under the back of the trailer, often because a big rig stopped suddenly.
- Rollovers. With its high center of gravity, tractor-trailers are prone to rolling onto their sides. Also, unbalanced cargo in the trailer can contribute to instability.
- Sideswipes. Tractor-Trailers have large blind spots, and a trucker can sideswipe someone riding in an adjacent lane when changing lanes.
- Head-on collisions. A truck driver might drift into oncoming traffic after falling asleep or deliberately when trying to avoid an accident in front of it.
In any accident, the cargo in the trailer is at risk of spilling out, which can injure motorists and bystanders.
How an Attorney Can Help You
Tractor-trailer accidents can cause devastating injuries which costs tens of thousands of dollars (or more) to treat. To avoid paying compensation, trucking companies are constantly looking for ways to shift responsibility for the accident onto someone else, including you, the victim.
Within minutes of the crash, the trucking company should have a private investigator on the scene collecting evidence. You are at a serious disadvantage if you do not have someone in your corner who is looking out only for you.
At MG Law, we can handle the legal work so that you can focus on getting well. For example, we can:
- Investigate the crash
- Act as your go-between with the insurance company
- Find evidence that supports the truck driver or the trucking company is at fault for the accident
- Access the truck’s black box data, which can show how long the driver has been on the road and whether he has violated federal hours of service requirements
- Help you value the costs of your injuries so that you can receive a fair settlement
- Negotiate with the trucking company and its insurer for the maximum compensation available
If necessary, we are also prepared to file a lawsuit in court to hold the trucking company accountable, especially if the insurance company plays hardball.
Compensation You Can Receive
We have helped clients recoup money for the following types of losses:
- Medical care to treat your injuries, including future medical care
- Lost wages, if you could not work after your truck accident
- Lost future wages, if your injuries prevent you from returning to your old job
- Damage to your motor vehicle involved in the truck accident
- Pain and suffering
Many of our clients dramatically underestimate the true value of their injuries and are too eager to settle their case for insufficient funds. By meeting with us, we will carefully go through all your losses and estimate the amount you are owed.
Speak with a Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer
After a tractor-trailer accident, you have no time to lose. You must immediately begin collecting evidence and building a case for compensation. These cases are very complex, and you cannot hope to receive a fair settlement without an experienced attorney’s help.
At MG Law, we have handled countless truck accident claims and know how to bring these cases the right way. For more information about our services, please contact one of our lawyers for a complimentary initial conversation. We serve Conyers, Covington, and Atlanta.