Like all automobiles, whether they be cars or trucks, they need maintenance. Sometimes, no matter how much maintenance is performed, however, vehicles break down. When a truck breaks down and is stopped it can create a hazard and become a danger to unsuspecting drivers. Likewise, if a truck driver decides to stop unexpectedly for whatever reason it create a recipe for disaster.The Dangers of Trucks Crashes
Statistics show that accidents involving tractor-trailers are much more likely to cause catastrophic injury than ordinary car crashes. Commercial trucks (Mack trucks, 18-wheelers and semis) weigh far more than passenger cars or pickup trucks and in an accident that means increased force that can literally crush smaller vehicles. Serious injuries or even death are often the result for those traveling in the smaller vehicle. The Gwinnett County trucking injury attorneys at Scholle Law, led by Charles Scholle, has litigated many cases on behalf of those injured in the devastating effects of truck accidents.
According to the United States Department of Transportation, large trucks were involved in twelve percent of all traffic fatalities in a recent year, even though they accounted for only seven percent of all vehicle miles traveled. And in multi-vehicle trucking accidents, a staggering 94% of victims were people outside the truck, regardless of who was at fault.
Truck accidents can often be categorized as or caused by the following:
- Under-ride Truck Accidents
- Improper Manuever Truck Accidents
- Truck Driver Fatigue Accidents
- Braking Failures / Rear End Collision Truck Accidents
- Swinging Turn Truck Accidents
- Bald Tires and Blowout Truck Accidents
- Overweight and Overloaded Cargo Truck Accidents
- Falling Debris Truck Accidents
- Lack of Driver Training Truck Accidents
- Georgia Rules and Regulations for Intrastate Trucking
Some common injuries resulting from truck accidents can include:
- Wrongful death
- Fractured bones
- Neck injury
- Brain injury
- Spine injury
- Back injury
- Head injury
- Internal injuries
- Scars requiring plastic surgery
- Child Injuries
Trucking accidents are different than those involving only passenger cars, because trucks are commercial vehicles with commercial interests. In a serious accident between passenger cars, victims and their families are likely to be overwhelmed and usually do not have much experience with the legal and medical issues they will face.
By contrast, accidents are a part of the trucking business, which means that trucking companies and their insurance companies know exactly how the process works and how to limit their financial obligations. Trucking companies typically have engineers, investigators, lawyers and accident reconstruction experts on the accident scene within 24 hours. They secure evidence, take measurements, interview witnesses and talk to the police officers, all in an attempt to gain advantage in denying a victim’s claim or in minimizing any money they may have to pay out. In fact, it is not unusual for tractor-trailer accident victims to receive phone calls from trucking companies within a day of the accident, discussing financial offers or fault, often before the victims are ready to think about those things.Contact Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers
If you, or someone you love, has been a victim of a serious tractor-trailer accident, contact the Duluth trucking injury attorneys at Scholle Law as soon as possible. Remember, it is important to ensure that you protect yourself: do not agree to be recorded; do not sign documents you do not understand completely; and, do not accept any money from a trucking company representative. Otherwise you could limit your right to sue the trucking company later, after you have had a chance to see a doctor, rehabilitate and fully understand the injuries and financial costs the accident caused.
PLEASE CALL US FOR A FREE CONSULTATION WITH A TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER at 770-717-5100 or toll free 866-972-5287.
Charles Scholle, along with the Scholle Law team, has fought large companies for our clients’ interests for more than two decades. We work exclusively with injured people and bereaved families and have substantial experience with the special issues involved in catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths.
Scholle Law’s legal team knows that clients are anxious to see justice done and we represent clients with the support and care they need to focus on healing. Please contact our trucking injury attorneys in Duluth today for a free consultation about your legal rights and get the support of an experienced tractor-trailer accident lawyer.
Please contact our law firm for your free consultation by sending the firm a message online or calling toll-free at 866-972-5287 or 770-717-5100.
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