Georgia Truck Accident Lawyers
While truck driver negligence is certainly the cause of many accidents, it is also quite possible that the trucking company itself is also culpable. At the W. Winston Briggs Law Firm, our truck accident investigations are comprehensive. We look at the actions of the driver as well as those of the companies that hired the driver and leased the truck.
Our Atlanta tractor-trailer company negligence law firm has represented clients across Georgia and throughout the Southeast in catastrophic and fatal truck accidents. We have experience handling commercial vehicle accident cases involving 18-wheelers, fifth-wheel tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles on Georgia roads and highways.
Don’t Let Insurance Companies Take Advantage of You
Typically, after an accident has occurred between a tractor-trailer and commercial vehicle, companies who operate large trucks seek to obtain the lowest settlement possible, limiting your recovery to medical expenses. However, you have the right to obtain compensation for your injuries after a serious accident with a tractor-trailer or other type of truck. Tractor-trailer companies will often jump into an investigation quickly following an accident involving a one of their vehicles. If you are injured, avoid a quick settlement with an insurance company — this is done rapidly to avoid expenses associated with your injuries. Before signing any papers with the insurance company, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney from our Atlanta tractor-trailer company negligence law firm. We are here to help you throughout the process and will deal assertively with insurance and trucking companies on your behalf.
Negligent Hiring of Truck Drivers
Briggs Winston What might a trucking or insurance company kept secret from you? For example, investigation may reveal that, while the truck accident was caused by the driver, that driver should not have been behind the wheel. Trucking companies are required to do background checks and should not hire drivers who have a certain number of chargeable traffic accidents in their background. Chargeable traffic accidents include accidents that are entirely the driver’s fault.
Truck companies also should do medical checks of drivers, obtaining the go-ahead from a doctor that the driver is physically capable of doing the job is essential for maximum driver safety. Trucking companies should also conduct drug screenings for new hires.
Failure to Inspect and Maintain a Semi-Truck
Semi-trucks are subject to a great deal of wear and tear. Trucking companies are required to do inspections and maintenance according to federal guidelines. A thorough investigation can reveal if a truck was not in proper working order, including conditions like:
- Any leaks or spills
- Non working lights and gauges
- Steering, wheel inflation and brakes
- Horn, four way flashers and windshield washers are in proper working order
Call for a Free Consultation
If you have been hurt in an accident, contact our Atlanta tractor-trailer company negligence law firm to discuss your legal options. You can reach us by phone or via e-mail. We take most cases on a contingency basis, which means that you don’t pay any attorney’s fees unless we win compensation for you.
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