Representing Victims of Semi-Truck Accidents in Gwinnett County, Georgia
Trucks, tractor-trailers, and semi-trucks are fast and heavy. When they collide with other vehicles, serious and catastrophic accidents, personal injuries, and damages can result. Truck accidents may also result in more serious injuries than those sustained in rear-enders and smaller-scale motor vehicle accidents—usually due to the sheer force of the impact involved.
If you have been injured in a serious accident that was caused by the driver of a semi-truck, you may be able to file a personal injury claim and obtain monetary compensation for your injuries and damages. The knowledgeable Gwinnett semi-truck accident lawyers at Brauns Law can meet with you to discuss how the accident happened and talk about your injuries. Our attorneys may also be able to file a personal injury claim on your behalf, negotiate a favorable settlement offer with the trucking company’s insurer, or litigate your case through the Georgia court system.
Vehicles Involved in Semi-Truck Accidents
Semi-trucks and other large trucks weigh many tons and are able to travel at very fast speeds on Gwinnett County roadways. When these vehicles travel at highway speeds of 65 miles per hour or more, a smaller vehicle does not stand a chance in a collision, and the results can be devastating.
In order to help prevent serious semi-truck accidents, the federal government has put certain regulations in place. These regulations address truck weight limits, required truck safety features, and other rules. In addition to civil liability, failing to follow these regulations may also result in additional fines and penalties to offenders.
Reasons Why Truck Drivers Drive Negligently
When truck drivers deliver their cargo to its destination quickly, they often receive a hefty financial bonus or some other monetary incentive. The same is true for the trucking companies for which these drivers work. Therefore, truck drivers are more-or-less encouraged to drive fast and recklessly—oftentimes, while they are fatigued. Some truck drivers even resort to illegal drugs to keep themselves awake for long periods of time on the road.
Truck drivers owe all other drivers on the roadway a duty to drive reasonably and safely when operating their vehicles. When they fail to do so, they can be held responsible for the injuries and damages they cause to innocent accident victims. The trucking companies they work for may also share in some—of all—of the liability. A Gwinnett semi-truck accident lawyer can identify all potentially responsible parties in your case and file the necessary claims or lawsuits in a timely manner.
Types of Semi-truck Driver Negligence
Truck driver negligence can lead to jackknifing, coupler device failures, and rollovers. Some common examples of truck driver negligence include:
- Distracted driving (for example, cell phone use, texting while driving)
- Impaired driving (including DUI)
- Disobeying traffic control devices (including running red lights, stop signs, or yield signs)
- Failing to yield the right-of-way to other vehicles
- Cutting curves
- Driving while fatigued
- Poor tractor or trailer maintenance
- Abrupt lane changes
- Driving too fast for weather or road conditions
- Violating the Federal Motor Carrier Regulations—especially those regulations pertaining to load sizes, overhang, escort vehicles, warning lights, and warning signs
In a nutshell, the injured accident victim must be able to show that the at-fault truck driver had a duty to drive in careful and prudent manner, and that by speeding, failing to yield the right-of-way, or otherwise driving in a careless manner, the accident occurred. The accident victim must also be able to show that the accident directly resulted in all of the injuries and damages claimed.
Potential Trucking Company Liability
Truck drivers may be independent contractors or employees of a trucking company. When truck drivers act as independent contractors, they may have the ability to set their own hours, and trucking companies have very little control over them. However, when truck drivers work for a trucking company as an employee, there is a greater degree of control present. In that instance, the injured motor vehicle driver may also have a legal cause of action against the employee’s trucking company under an agency theory of recovery. If the truck driver was driving negligently—and while in the scope of his or her employment—then the trucking company could also be held accountable for all of the accident victim’s injuries and damages.
A trucking company may also be held liable for:
- Negligent entrustment (that is, negligently entrusting the truck driver to operate a motor vehicle while on the roadway)
- Negligent supervision (that is, for failing to properly supervise the truck driver and his or her activities)
- Negligent hiring (that is, for negligently hiring the truck driver when it was not proper to do so)
Severe and Catastrophic Injuries
While smaller-scale rear end collisions often lead to relatively minor injuries, semi-truck accidents can result in more severe, long-term, and life-threatening personal injuries, including:
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s)
- Muscular Tears
- Internal bleeding
- Broken bones
- Permanent impairment
- Spinal cord injuries
- Lifelong disability
If an accident victim can successfully prove that a truck driver and/or the trucking company were negligent, the accident victim may be able to recover monetary compensation for all of the injuries and damages sustained. Those damages may include monetary compensation for all medical and physical therapy bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, related mental health issues, loss of earning capacity, permanent impairment, and loss of enjoyment of life, among other damages. A Gwinnett semi-truck accident lawyer can argue the strengths of your case and advocate for your right to recover monetary damages in your case.
Call a Gwinnett Semi-truck Accident Lawyer Today for a Free Initial Consultation and Case Evaluation
Semi-truck accidents can lead to serious and catastrophic injuries and damages. In car and truck accident cases, the insurance company is not on your side. In fact, adjusters will do everything in their power to undermine the settlement or verdict value of your case. At Brauns Law, our attorneys are experienced negotiators and litigators and know how to work the insurance company to your advantage. Our team of attorneys can pursue the monetary compensation you need and deserve.
To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Gwinnett semi-truck accident lawyer, please call us at (404) 418-8244 or contact us online.