Serving Truck Accidents in Lawrenceville
Truck accidents wreak so much damage that it’s difficult not to straighten up and take notice. Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm was founded by attorney David Brauns in 2008 on the tenet of basic decency that accident victims matter. Mr. Brauns built his firm, his stellar reputation, and his formidable legal team on this basic but critical building block, and our firm commits to every client and every case from this simple starting point.
David Brauns and his Lawrenceville personal injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for clients like you, and we have the success stories to back this claim up, including:
- A $3.5 million verdict for a client who was rear-ended by an ambulance for which she’d pulled over and stopped.
- A $381,000 settlement for a young man who was rear-ended by a truck at a stoplight and could not return to work.
- A $180,000 settlement for a woman who was injured by a semi-truck while entering the interstate. Although the accident reinjured a previous wound, justice nevertheless prevailed.
At Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm, we’re committed to the rights of each individual client, and because we’re a smaller firm, you’ll receive the personal attention you deserve.
Mr. Brauns spent his early professional years as an insurance company defense attorney, and he is therefore well-acquainted with the profit-enhancing tactics and techniques employed by insurance companies. This experience solidified his commitment to helping accident victims in their time of need. This background and insight instruct every case that we handle, and we’re exceptionally proud of our ability to help guide our clients’ truck accident claims toward their most favorable conclusions.
Truck Accident Statistics
Truck accidents are among the most dangerous accidents on our roadways. The massive size and weight of the semis that roam our highways make any accidents that involve them exceedingly dangerous—especially for the occupants of any other vehicles involved. The trucking industry continues to boom, but this does not greenlight trucking companies to take whatever liberties they choose to maximize their profits. If you suffered injuries in a truck accident that happened due to someone else’s negligence, it’s time to consult with an experienced Lawrenceville truck accident lawyer.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shares some significant statistics related to truck accidents throughout our nation and related to truck accidents in Georgia, specifically. These include:
- In one year, 4,671 people died in truck accidents, which is up 9.0 percent over the previous year. Of these 4,671 deaths, 72 percent were occupants of the other vehicles involved (not occupants of the trucks).
- Over a ten-year span, there was a 12 percent increase in the number of truck accident fatalities.
- Truck accidents accounted for 8.8 percent of all fatal traffic accidents (nationwide) in a recent year, but they accounted for 9.8 percent of all fatal traffic accidents in the State of Georgia.
Truck accidents happen regularly, and they are as terrifying as they are dangerous.
Main Causes of Lawrenceville Truck Accidents
In a study of the causes of large truck crashes, it was revealed that the most common reason for these accidents was a critical decision error on the part of the driver. Decision errors include driving too fast for conditions, misjudging the speed of other vehicles, or following other vehicles too closely. Other critical reasons for truck accidents include:
- Non-performance reasons, which are often health related. These include a driver who fell asleep or suffered a heart attack behind the wheel, or was physically impaired for any reason.
- Recognition errors, which are mistakes made by an inattentive driver distracted by something inside or outside of the vehicle and unable to recognize and appropriately respond to hazards.
- Performance errors, which involve a driver who overcompensates for hazards, panics in a hazardous situation, or exercises poor directional control.
While accidents where a commercial truck driver is at fault are categorized into one of these factors, hundreds of associated factors can contribute to an accident. Some of the most common factors include:
- Brake problems
- Traffic congestion
- Prescription, illegal, or over-the-counter drug use
- Speeding or traveling too fast for the conditions on the roadway
- Being unfamiliar with the roadway
- Hazards such as sharp corners or obstacles in the road
- A required stop for a crosswalk or a traffic light
- Inadequate surveillance of the surrounding conditions
- Drowsy driving
Types of Truck Accidents
Again, truck accidents are as varied as the truckers who man these massive vehicles.
Several broad categories of truck accidents are more common to truck accident claims, however, including:
- Jackknife accidents – A semi’s cab and its trailer are joined together by a coupling device that allows the two parts to move separately from one another. While this is a boon to maneuverability, it can lead to dangerous accidents when the trailer gets the better of the cab and folds in on it like a jackknife folding shut. Such accidents are commonly associated with truckers who take sharp curves too quickly. The immense danger caused by a massive tractor-trailer folding in on itself in the middle of a highway or on an exit isn’t difficult to imagine.
- Rollovers – Big rigs are not only extremely large and extremely heavy but are also top-heavy. When improperly loaded, the excess shifting and/or the uneven weight distribution can lead to rollover accidents. Further, high winds and excessive driving speeds can both contribute to deadly rollovers. The terror and danger associated with a semi-truck that rolls over on a road that you’re traveling on are difficult to overstate.
- Rear-end accidents – 18-wheelers are massive machines that require much greater stopping distances than do the cars we drive. Truck drivers are responsible for factoring these distances into their driving practices to ensure that they don’t endanger innocent motorists who are ahead of them and who must suddenly stop or slow down for any reason.
- Tire blowouts – Semis have 18 or more tires that tether them to the road, and this makes these tires the first line of safety. Truck companies are responsible for outfitting their rigs with safe, reliable tires that they keep well-maintained. Truck drivers are responsible for making regular sight checks to help ensure that all 18 tires are in good working order throughout each haul. When a truck blows a tire, it not only endangers vehicles in the immediate vicinity, but the flying debris also endangers motorists moving toward the sight of the blowout. Further, once the debris lands, motorists who happen upon it suddenly are also at increased risk of being injured in an accident.
Types of Compensation After a Lawrenceville Truck Accident
- Personal injury: This type of lawsuit may be filed against any and all negligent parties involved in the accident, including a truck driver, the company he or she works for, a shipper responsible for loading cargo into the trailer, the entity involved in maintaining the vehicle, or even the manufacturer of defective truck parts. If negotiations with the insurer of the truck or other liable parties fail, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed within two years of the accident. In a lawsuit, you may seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses; lost wages; loss of future earning capacity; and pain and suffering.
- Wrongful death: A wrongful death claim asserts rights on behalf of the family members of an individual killed in a truck accident, including the decedent’s parents or the personal representative of the estate. Wrongful death lawsuits typically seek damages that include: medical expenses incurred by the decedent before death; funeral expenses; pain and suffering experienced by the decedent before death; the loss of the wages that the decedent would have earned had they survived the accident; loss of intangible items such as companionship or parental care.
In each of these types of lawsuits, you usually must prove negligence (or something close to it) by the at-fault party. Negligence is proven by establishing:
- The party owed you a duty of care. This duty of care, for the truck driver, would include obeying all applicable laws and safely driving the truck. For the company that owns and operates a truck, it may include establishing hiring practices that include background checks that would weed out drivers with a history of driving infractions. For the shipper, it would include checking the insurance and background information on the transport company and the driver, and ensuring that cargo is loaded securely. For the entity responsible for maintaining the vehicle, this would include ensuring that all parts of the truck—such as the brakes—were fully operational and in good repair. For the manufacturer of parts, this would include ensuring that the parts work as they should in the conditions they were designed to be used in.
- There was a breach of this duty of care.
- The breach in care led to the accident, which resulted in injuries or death.
For Help, Call Our Lawrenceville Truck Accident Attorneys Now
Let Brauns Law, PC, help you to understand the legal remedies that are available to you after you sustain injuries in a Lawrenceville truck accident. For a free, no obligation consultation and case review, contact us online or by calling (678)-647-1314.
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