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Do I Need A Lawyer After a Tractor Trailer Accident?

by | Sep 17, 2019 | Car Accidents

The state of Georgia is a major transportation hub, with the interstates often crowded with tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles. These busy roads can result in a higher risk of collisions. A truck accident can easily result in catastrophic injuries and millions of dollars in damage. That is why, if you have been involved in a collision with a truck or tractor-trailer, you need to seek an experienced personal injury attorney.

A Tractor-Trailer’s Size and Weight Can Cause Major Damage

Tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, tanker trucks, and other commercial vehicles present serious hazards to other drivers on the road. Many of these vehicles are not properly operated or maintained. Trucks usually do not have the proper safety equipment, and drivers can be on the road for extended periods of time, making the drivers prone to fatigue. Additionally, commercial 18-wheelers are some of the heaviest vehicles permitted on the interstate. Insufficient maintenance, plus the sheer size of the truck, makes them more likely to cause significant damage to other vehicles if they are involved in a collision. 

Trucking Companies May Try To Hide Evidence

Unfortunately, after a major collision involving a commercial tractor-trailer, the trucking company may try to conceal any evidence of their negligence. The company might misplace their maintenance reports or alter the driver’s logs to conceal how long the driver was actually on the road. 

Many trucking companies have lawyers who are on-call and available within a few hours of the accident. But that means that you need a personal injury attorney who will act quickly, as well. The sooner you consult with an attorney about your accident, the sooner you can preserve evidence, document details, and interview key witnesses. Truck accident claims are complicated because of all the witnesses and experts needed to prove who is at fault. That is why it is important to act quickly so that your attorney can begin analyzing every detail in your case.

Trucking Companies Are Subject To Strict Government Regulations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates both the interstate trucking companies and the company’s drivers. This group has stringent rules on hiring practices, drug testing, how long drivers can be on the road, safety reviews, vehicle maintenance, and company record retention. If a driver or company employee violates any of these rules, both the employee and the company can be charged with negligence. An experienced personal injury attorney understands these regulations and how to leverage the rules to maximize recovery for their clients.

Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys

A trucking accident can change someone’s life in an instant. At South Georgia personal injury law firm The King Firm, our attorneys are experienced in complex trucking injury cases, and we know what it takes to get our clients the results they need. We have successfully represented victims and their families in Albany, Tifton, Valdosta, Waycross, and all across South Georgia. We are ready to bring our expertise and compassion to your case, too. For your free truck accident consultation, call us at (229) 515-8585! 

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