Lost Load Truck Accident Lawyers in Augusta
Were you injured in a lost-load accident with a commercial truck? If so, don’t hesitate. Contact Chris Hudson Law Group to speak with a lawyer that specializes in truck accidents.
A lost load accident occurs when the load a truck is carrying shifts and falls onto either another vehicle or into the roadway, causing an accident. Lost load accidents often result from the carelessness of those who loaded the truck. The truck driver, trucking company, or shipping company may be involved.
At Chris Hudson Law Group, our professional and personable lawyers can help you if you have been a victim of a lost load accident. We will handle everything in your case, including investigating, negotiating with the insurance company, and even fighting on your behalf in court if necessary.
Why You Need a Lawyer That Specializes in Truck Accidents
Insurance companies that insure the trucking companies don’t want to pay your claim. They will aggressively defend themselves to avoid paying you a single dime. The insurance companies have teams of attorneys who are dedicated to saving them money from claims just like yours.
An experienced lawyer will help you navigate this difficult time by representing you in all dealings with insurance companies. Experienced trucking injury lawyers know the law inside and out and know exactly how to get the compensation you need to get your medical bills paid. We know all the tricks that insurance companies use and will use compelling arguments to win your case.
According to the Insurance Research Council, accident victims that hire an attorney win an average of 3.5 more money than those who don’t. High-quality representation is just a phone call away. Contact Chris Hudson Law Group today at (706) 863-6600.
Why Choose Chris Hudson Law Group?
We have years of experience in trucking injury claims, and we’ve handled lots of lost-load claims. We pride ourselves on using our great experience to get you the best possible outcome for your claim. Our lawyers will take care of all deadlines, filings, and negotiations, and, if necessary, we can fight for you in the courtroom.
The settlements we have achieved for our clients total millions of dollars. We will be able to get you the full and fair financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. We stand ready to help you with your claim.
What is a Lost Load Accident?
In a lost load accident, the cargo of a commercial truck falls off the trailer. Lost load accidents can occur when a load on a truck is not secured properly.
There are federal regulations and guidelines that truck drivers and shipping companies must follow when loading a truck. The cargo load must have some type of securement system. Some kinds of securement systems include the vehicle’s structure, blocking and bracing equipment, and securing devices. The type of securement system chosen should be based on the size, shape, weight, and other characteristics of the cargo. Cargo loads should be secured in such a way that they do not fall off or shift and cause instability in the truck.
Cargo that is not loaded properly may shift and cause a truck driver to careen into another lane because of the sudden change of balance in the trailer. Additionally, if the cargo shifts, it could cause the truck to roll over. When the cargo load completely falls off of the truck, surrounding vehicles can be damaged by the falling items. An additional crash may ensue when a vehicle strikes the fallen cargo.
Causes of a Lost Load Accident
Lost load accidents are caused by the negligence of either the truck driver, the trucking company, the shipping company, or all three. Some common causes of lost load accidents include:
- Failure of the truck driver to check load. The first person we think of when it comes to who’s responsible for a lost load accident is the truck driver. This makes sense because the truck driver is the one transporting the cargo load and often has the most interaction with the cargo load. The truck driver is required to check that each load he carries is properly secured, not only at the beginning of the trip but also throughout the trip.
- Improper loading by dockworkers. In many cases, cargo may be loaded by cargo handlers at the cargo’s point of origin. If these workers don’t follow the appropriate procedures and adhere to regulations, a cargo load accident can result.
- Substandard procedures by the trucking company. While it is also the truck driver’s responsibility to ensure a load is properly secured, the trucking company should also have procedures in place to make sure that their drivers are following the correct guidelines and that every load is safely secured.
- Overloading the truck. Each truck has specified maximum weight limits to help avoid lost load accidents. When these limits are ignored, the load can become unevenly distributed and fall off of the truck.
Possible Injuries from a Lost Load Accident
Lost load accidents can cause many different types of crashes. These accidents can result in major injuries, such as:
- Brain or spinal injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Internal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
Medical bills from these injuries can be extensive and ongoing. Our lawyers can help you get the financial compensation you deserve to pay these bills. When you’ve been injured due to someone else’s actions, you should not have to pay for the medical bills that result.
Financial Compensation for a Lost Load Accident
Lost load accidents can result in significant damage to you and your vehicle. You can receive financial compensation for both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are easier to pinpoint than non-economic damages. They include things such as:
- Medical expenses. It is easy to determine how much you are owed to repay you for medical expenses. Hiring an experienced truck accident attorney will be helpful when determining the value of potential future medical expenses you could incur.
- Lost wages. You may be unable to work for an extended period of time after the accident. You deserve to be paid for the amount of work that you missed.
- Property damage. This can include not only damage to your vehicle but may include damage to any personal belongings that were in your vehicle at the time of the accident.
Non-economic damages are much harder to value. An experienced lawyer with knowledge of trucking injury cases can assign an appropriate value to these intangible losses. Some examples of non-economic damages include:
- Physical pain. Financial compensation cannot erase the pain you suffered or continue to suffer due to a lost load accident. These damages are meant to compensate you for the pain you endured from the injuries received during the accident.
- Emotional anguish. Being in a lost load accident can be incredibly traumatic to those involved. This trauma can turn into mental suffering that lasts long beyond the duration of the trucking accident.
Insurance companies will try to minimize the severity of your damages to avoid paying you. Let our experienced lawyers investigate your claim and get you appropriate payment to compensate you for your losses.
Investigation of a Lost Load Accident
Our attorneys will intensively investigate your claim to help you secure the financial compensation you deserve. Some of the evidence we may review in our investigation includes:
- Witness statements
- Police Reports
- Phone records
- Driving records
- Hiring practices of the trucking company
- Training required and taken by the truck driver
- Photographs of the scene
- Accident reconstruction evidence
- Video footage
To ensure this evidence is collected and used to build your claim, contact us today. The lawyers of Chris Hudson Law Group want to preserve this evidence for you before it is lost or destroyed.
How Liability Works in a Lost Load Accident
What is liability? Liability means that someone is responsible under the law for an accident or injury. Georgia is a comparative fault state. This means that the amount of responsibility each party bears for causing the accident will be considered. If it is determined that a party is more than 50 percent at fault, that party cannot recover damages from the other parties.
If you are found to be less than 50 percent at fault for the accident, you will be able to recover damages from the liable party or parties. If you share some fault for the accident, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of your responsibility for the crash. For example, if you are found to be 20 percent at fault for the accident and are awarded $50,000 in damages, you will only be able to recover $40,000.
Our experienced lawyers will do everything possible to limit the amount of fault that is placed on you. The insurance company will try to place the majority of fault on you to avoid paying your claim. Don’t let them place the blame on you. Contact us today so that our lawyers can stand up for you.
Contact Our Experienced Lost Load Trucking Accident Lawyers Today
Our team is professional and passionate about pursuing your claim. We want you to receive the full and fair amount of compensation you deserve so that you can go back to living your life. We understand that you may have never been in this position before. Let us help you through this difficult time in your life.