Truck Accident Lawyers in Augusta
Trucking accidents often result in severe, debilitating, and permanent injuries (and unfortunately, often deaths). A fully-loaded tractor-trailer may weigh up to 80,000 pounds (40 tons). The average weight of a passenger vehicle is roughly 4,000 pounds. Therefore, in a car versus truck accident, serious or deadly results often occur.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious accident involving a commercial truck, you need an attorney who has the knowledge, experience, and resources to handle a trucking accident claim properly.
Be assured; the insurance and trucking company already has a team of lawyers in place. Call (706) 690-4613 to request a free consultation with an experienced truck accident lawyer from Chris Hudson Law Group in Augusta, GA today.
Complex Trucking Cases Require An Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer
Trucking claims litigation is a highly specialized field of practice for lawyers. Other than the complexities involved with dealing with serious injury or death, there exist numerous other complications in truck accident cases, including:
- the involvement of federal regulations governing tractor-trailers,
- the potential for multiple defendants in trucking cases,
- the extensive documents and records companies who operate tractor-trailers are required to keep,
- the need to examine the vehicle’s Electronic Control Module (the “ECM”), which electronically records data such as speed and brake system operation at the time of the accident, and
- the costs associated with properly making a claim arising from a trucking accident.
If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a truck accident in the greater Augusta area, you are going to want to be quick to seek legal representation for assistance with all of the many concerns you now have. Make sure that your first phone call is to Chris Hudson Law Group.
Our firm offers tremendous experience with many different kinds of truck accident claims, and we can fight to help you obtain all of the compensation you are entitled to. Call (706) 690-4613 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
Why You Should Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer
A commercial truck accident can result in catastrophic or fatal injuries and massive property damage. If a driver or trucking company’s negligence harmed you, are going to want to contact an attorney as soon as possible. When you get a lawyer involved right away, they can preserve crucial evidence that can help demonstrate that a truck driver was at fault for a crash.
You could find yourself being offered a lump sum settlement by an insurance company, and an agent may something about how accepting the offer will allow you to keep more money for yourself. Nothing could be further from the truth as most initial settlement offers are completely lowball amounts that do not cover enormous future expenses, which people must then pay out of their own pockets.
You will want to have an attorney negotiating the settlement of your case because they are going to have a far better understanding of what your case is worth. When an acceptable settlement offer is not presented, the lawyer can file a lawsuit.
Another reason to retain legal counsel concerns liability, as truck accidents frequently involve multiple liable parties. Such parties are not likely to declare their negligence, and you may miss out on another avenue for compensation if an attorney does not identify the liable party.
Why Choose Chris Hudson Law Group To Handle My Case?
Christopher Hudson received the Cali Award for the highest grade in Advanced Legal Writing and the Cali Award for the highest grade in Law Practice Management while attending Mercer University. He has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, denoting the highest level of professional excellence.
Amanda S. Morris has been licensed in Georgia since 2008 and has extensive trial experience as a former Assistant Public Defender for the Augusta Judicial Circuit in 2008 until 2017.
Types of Truck Accident Cases We Handle
Commercial truck accidents can vary in severity, depending on multiple factors. No two crashes are ever the same, but certain kinds of accidents are more common than others.
Some of the most common types of truck accident cases our firm sees include:
- Blind Spot Accidents — Truck drivers must deal with major blind spots on all sides of their vehicles. Failure to adequately check blind spots could result in a devastating collision.
- T-Bone Accidents — T-bone collisions involve one vehicle striking the side of another automobile, and commercial trucks often cause devastating injuries when they T-bone passenger vehicles.
- Rear-End Accidents — Any rear-end accident involving a commercial truck is far more likely to cause serious damage than a traditional passenger vehicle fender bender.
- Jackknife Accidents — These types of crashes involve trailers swinging out at a 90-degree angle, much like how a jackknife folds.
- Wide Turn Accidents — Truck drivers often need to swing their vehicles out to perform certain turns, and such maneuvers can cause collisions when a driver is negligent.
- Head-On Collisions — Chances of fatalities are much greater when a passenger vehicle collides with a commercial truck head-to-head.
- Underride and Override Accidents — Underride accidents involve passenger vehicles sliding underneath trailers while override accidents happen when a trailer runs over another vehicle.
- Rollover Accidents — A commercial truck could be at risk of rolling over, possibly multiple times, in certain crashes.
- Tire Blowouts — If a tire on a commercial truck fails, it causes a sudden lack of control for the driver that often makes avoiding accidents impossible.
- Lost Load Accidents — Failure to properly secure cargo can result in it falling off a truck, possibly onto other vehicles or into roadways, and causing other accidents.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Defective Parts
- Blind Spots
- Unfamiliarity with Roads
- Inclement Weather
- Overloaded Vehicles
- Unsafe Passing
- Failure to Maintain Vehicle
- Poor Road Conditions
- Inadequate Driver Training
- Driver Negligence
- Other Drivers
- Road Construction
Many different kinds of commercial trucks can also be involved in these accidents. Some of the most common types include, but are not limited to
- Tanker Trucks
- Dump Trucks
- Garbage Trucks
- Tow Trucks
- Delivery Vehicles
- Construction Vehicles
- Emergency Vehicles
You will want the help of a lawyer who specializes in truck accident cases in examining potential liability for your accident and injuries. Some of the parties that could be liable in these cases include not only truck drivers, but also truck owners, trucking companies, shipping agencies, and possibly other drivers.
Truck Accident Statistics
According to Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2017 from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 214 fatalities in crashes involving large trucks in Georgia in 2017. This was the highest total since the 229 recorded in 2007, the highest total of the ten years.
Georgia had 195 fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2017, which was again the highest total since the 197 fatalities in 2007. Of the fatal crashes in Georgia in 2017, 26 were single-vehicle crashes, and 169 were multiple-vehicle crashes.
The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reported that there were 33 fatalities in large trucks in 2016, which was an increase from the 26 reported in 2015, the 28 reported in 2014, the 26 reported in 2013, and the 24 reported in 2012. These types of fatalities accounted for 2 percent of the total traffic fatalities during all five of those years.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that there were 45 large truck fatalities in 2017, which represented 3 percent of the total fatality count. The 214 fatalities involving a large truck was the highest total of the five-year period, more than the 179 in 2016, 182 in 2015, 155 in 2014, and 163 in 2013.
FMCSA reported that there were 13,212,447 large trucks and buses registered in 2017, and there were 4,455 fatal crashes involving 4,889 large trucks and buses. These accidents caused 5,005 total fatalities.
There were also 116,000 injury crashes involving 121,000 large trucks and buses. These accidents resulted in 170,000 injured people. According to FMCSA, 415,000 large trucks and buses were involved in 391,000 property damage-only (PDO) crashes.
Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer from The Chris Hudson Law Group in Augusta
Did you sustain catastrophic injuries, or was your loved one killed in a truck accident in Augusta or another community in Richmond County? You deserve justice, and The Chris Hudson Law Group can help you get it.