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Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys

Have you been injured in a Truck Accident while traveling on the Highways or Interstates in Georgia?  If so, the experienced Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., can help you secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries.  Call us today at (855) 424-6587 for a free no obligation consultation.  While we are based in Atlanta, we have handled and continue to handle truck accident claims throughout the State of Georgia including Augusta, Columbus, Savannah, Athens, Macon, Albany, Warner Robins, Alpharetta, Marietta and Valdosta.  Furthermore, if our Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys feel you have a viable case after speaking over the phone, we will come to you for a more personal face to face meeting.

Truck Accidents in GeorgiaEvery day, thousands of trucks regularly use our nation’s roads not just for hauling large loads of freight across state lines, but for local daily activities such as delivering packages, retail goods, and furniture; moving families; picking up garbage; transporting the disabled. Large trucks not only include semis and tractor trailers, such as large Mack, Freightliner, and Peterbilt vehicles, but also include school buses, emergency vehicles and construction vehicles, etc.  Atlanta, Georgia Trucking Accident Lawyers

The vast majority of large vehicles are operated for commercial purposes. Because of their commercial nature, and because of their special operational features, both state and federal law generally hold these vehicles and their drivers to a different standard of care than normal passenger vehicles and their drivers. Many of these laws and regulations are based upon the recognition that these large vehicles pose special dangers which may cause a variety of different types of Truck Accidents which need to be investigated differently such as:
As such, federal regulations governing commercial vehicles specify how these trucks must be maintained, such as specifying the type of braking and back-up braking systems that must be installed. Large trucks must also have special features installed, such as rear-impact guards, which are designed to reduce the risk of direct windshield impacts due to the height differential between passenger vehicles and trucks. Federal rules also specify how loads must be tied down  and secured as well as how certain hazardous materials can and must be transported.

More federal and state regulations relate to training and licensing requirements for drivers, hours of operation, load inspections, length of time drivers may operate vehicles, and so on. In special recognition of the dangers posed by trucking accidents, truck accident data is constantly monitored not only by governmental bodies but by private trucking organizations to keep current with new safety technologies that may warrant implementation to further reduce the incidence of serious injuries in collisions involving large trucks.

While truck accidents, like other car accidents, may be caused by a variety of factors such as driver error (including fatigue—a condition more common in truckers who spend hour after hour on the road), road or weather conditions, or maintenance problems, tailgating or following too closely, and even commercial driving under the influence - the effect of truck accidents are often quite different than your everyday car accident. In particular, large vehicles like semi-trucks, which can be almost 20 times the size and weight of a conventional passenger vehicle, are more likely to roll over or jack-knife in the event of an accident, and the nature of these effects, given the mass of these large vehicles, can cause very different and disastrous results, particularly for vehicles involved in high-speed accidents, such as on interstate highways. In accidents involving both large trucks and passenger vehicles, the occupants of ordinary passenger cars are at a distinct disadvantage.

In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 12 to 13 percent of all traffic-related fatal crashes involve a large truck. This may not seem like a high number, but the statistic becomes more meaningful when you realize that tractor-trailers are involved in less than three percent of all car accidents. In other words, the risk of death is much higher in an accident involving a tractor-trailer than an accident involving only passenger cars. Again, according to NHTSA, semi-trucks are 20 to 55 percent more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than a passenger car, and, when the number of trucks on the road are compared to the number of total number of registered vehicles on the road, the risk of a fatality in a crash involving a large truck is two to three times greater than a fatality in wreck involving passenger cars alone. Nationwide, in fatal accidents involving tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles, 98 percent of the time it is the driver or occupant of the passenger vehicle, not the truck, who suffers the fatality.

Unfortunately, Georgia is one of the top five states that experience the highest number of truck accidents, along with California, Texas, Florida, and Pennsylvania. According to the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety, one out of six fatalities from a car crash involved a large commercial truck. For example, in 2006, there were 270 deaths that occurred in crashes involving a tractor-trailer. Unfortunately, in over 86 percent of these accidents, an occupant of the passenger vehicle was killed.

Atlanta, Georgia Trucking Accident AttorneysImportant strides are made every year to enhance the safety of our roads with respect to large trucks through both safety innovations and regulations.  However, truck accidents remain a fact of life, as these vehicles are essential to the economic life of our country. Unfortunately, often it is the drivers of passenger vehicles who are at fault in these accidents, when they are impatient or fail to appreciate the special considerations that should be accounted for in driving near and around trucks, such as decreased visibility, increased breaking distances for heavy vehicles, and so on. However, it is also the case that truckers and trucking companies can be at fault, when they fail to adhere faithfully to safety and equipment maintenance regulations, especially when the economic pressure of meeting business demands may compel them to be lax in their enforcement of these rules. In either case, poor judgment can lead to accidents; and accidents, especially those involving large trucks, can lead to serious, debilitating, or even fatal injuries.

Obtaining Recovery for Atlanta,  Georgia Truck Accident Injuries
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident, it is important that you retain an experienced Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Attorney as soon as possible to investigate the possible causes and circumstances of the accident, before important evidence is lost or destroyed. Remember, a tractor-trailer collision is not the same as other car accidents, and should not be treated the same way. The experienced Atlanta, Georgia Tractor-Trailer Lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., understand this and investigate trucking accidents much differently than your average car accident, due to the unique legal considerations, described above, that relate to the commercial trucking industry. For example, while certain laws do require truck companies to preserve evidence for a specified period of time, that time frame is short and, when it expires, the information may be lost forever.

A party injured in an Atlanta, Georgia truck accident that is caused by the fault of a truck operator or trucking company may be entitled to recover damages related to medical costs, loss of income, pain and suffering, and, if warranted, punitive damages, from the party responsible for their losses to make sure that truck operators and truck companies meet their safety obligations they owe to all those who drive on Georgia roads and highways.  These responsible parties may include not only the Truck Driver, but also the Trucking Company for whom the driver worked for either the vicarious liability of their driver but also the possibility of its own negligence for such things as bad hiring practices or failing to properly maintain the tractor-trailer involved in the collision.  Our experienced Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys understand all of these issues and will investigate all the possible parties to ensure that all responsible parties are held accountable.

Getting Help from an Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a tractor-trailer accident in Atlanta or elsewhere in Georgia, call the experienced Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., today toll free at (855) 424-6587 or contact us online using our case evaluation form for a free, confidential consultation. With Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., you will have an Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Attorney who understands the special regulations and rules that apply in truck accident cases as well as the proper steps to filing a claim against a trucking company and/or its driver. In fact, the Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Lawyers at our firm spent years defending trucking companies and their drivers before deciding to represent those injured in truck accidents instead.  Consequently, we know the ins and outs of how trucking companies operate, both as a business and when it comes to truck accident lawsuits.

If you need an Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer, protect your legal rights by contacting Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., today.  Remember, if we determine that you have a viable Truck Accident Claim, we will come to you and as always, you owe us nothing unless and until we collect monetary damages for you and your family.

Also, be sure to visit our Georgia Learning Center Page where we have assembled a number Articles and Videos specific to Tractor-Trailer Accident Claims such as:

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