Gainesville, GA Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck Accident Claims in Hall County
Truck accidents are some of the most devastating collisions to occur on our nation’s highways and roads. Every year, there are about half a million accidents involving large semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, buses, and other large vehicles, and many of these accidents ultimately result in catastrophic or fatal injuries. For injured victims and surviving family members, the impact of a truck accident is immense and far-reaching.
If you or someone you love was involved in a collision with a large truck or commercial vehicle in Hall County or the nearby areas, reach out to Hasty Pope, LLP today. From our Gainesville, GA office, our truck accident attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and options. We are here to guide you through each stage of the recovery process, from obtaining proper medical care to negotiating with the truck company’s insurance provider to representing you at trial.
Damages in Truck Accident Cases
In many cases, people who were injured in truck accidents or who lost loved ones in such collisions are entitled to take legal action in order to recover compensation for their damages, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future medical expenses
- Future lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Property damage
However, the process of recovering these damages is rarely simple; it’s important that you work with an attorney who has experience handling truck accident claims and knows how the process works.
At Hasty Pope, LLP, we have been serving injured individuals and their families since 1953. Together, our attorneys have over 150 years of collective legal experience—experience that they are ready to draw on to build a powerful case on your behalf. If you or a loved one was involved in a truck accident, don’t wait to contact Hasty Pope, LLP to find out how we can help.
Why Are Truck Accident Cases So Complex?
Truck accident claims are not like car accidents claims for many reasons. First, truck accident victims tend to suffer extremely severe, catastrophic injuries as a result of these collisions. These injuries require immediate medical attention, as well as ongoing treatment and, in some cases, lifelong care. The true cost of these injuries, both in terms of medical expenses and lost wages, is immense.
Secondly, truck accident claims tend to be very complex in relation to the issue of liability. In a typical car accident case in Georgia, liability for an accident goes to the person who is more than 50% at fault for the crash. However, in truck accident cases, a truck driver may have caused a collision, but his or her employer—the trucking company—may be liable. This is because, under the doctrine of respondeat superior, an employer is often liable for the actions of its employees while those employees are on duty (with some exceptions).
Another thing that complicates the issue of liability in truck accident cases is that the trucking company is not always liable. Sometimes, another party, such as the manufacturer of a defective truck tire or the person responsible for conducting truck maintenance who failed to do so, is liable. Determining who is liable for the accident and, therefore, your damages, will depend on proving how the accident occurred.
Some of the potentially liable parties in a given truck accident case include:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The entity that owns or leases the truck
- The party responsible for truck maintenance or repairs
- A manufacturer, distributor, or seller
- Another motorist
- A construction company
Our team has the resources needed to conduct an exhaustive investigation into your accident, allowing us to determine which party/parties are liable. We often work with a team of expert investigators, accident reconstructionists, and others to determine liability, as well as the full extent of your damages.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Determining exactly what caused your truck accident is important, as it helps establish liability. There are many common causes of truck accidents, all of which our Gainesville, GA trucking accident lawyers are familiar with. We know how to investigate the crash to uncover what happened, how it could have been prevented, and who is liable.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Distracted truck drivers
- Tired or fatigued truck drivers
- Truck drivers under the influence of drugs/alcohol
- Inexperienced or poorly trained truck drivers
- Hours-of-service violations
- Pressure from trucking companies to meet unrealistic quotas/deadlines
- Failure to conduct background checks on drivers
- Defective truck design/defective truck parts
- Improper or poor truck maintenance
- Unsafe road/weather conditions
- Careless, reckless, or unlawful driving behaviors
Regardless of the cause of the accident, you can trust our attorneys to fight tirelessly for you. We work hard to maximize our clients’ recoveries, seeking fair compensation for all of their current and future economic and non-economic damages.
How Long Do You Have to File a Truck Accident Claim in Georgia?
In Georgia, there is a two-year statute of limitations on most personal injury and wrongful death claims. This means that you have two years from the date of the injury or death to bring a lawsuit against a liable party. In truck accident cases, the two-year time limit typically begins on the date of the accident; however, it may be extended to begin on the date the injury was discovered or reasonably should have been discovered or the date of death if these did not occur on the same day as the accident.
In any case, it is important that you reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Even though you have two years to file a lawsuit, the sooner our team can begin working on your case, the better. Over time, evidence can be lost and building your case can become increasingly difficult. If you were involved in an accident with a semi-truck, 18-wheeler, delivery truck, bus, or any other large commercial vehicle, we encourage you to contact Hasty Pope, LLP today to learn how we can help.
Serving Our Local Community Since 1953
For decades, our firm has been committed to fighting on behalf of injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed right here in our community. We have deep roots in the local area and are proud of our reputation for providing ordinary people with the aggressive, effective advocacy they need. When we take a case, we strive to not only help our client secure maximize compensation for their damages but also to hold negligent parties accountable and help ensure that our community is a better, safer, and stronger place for all.
At Hasty Pope, LLP, we are ready to fight tirelessly on your behalf, advocating for the full, fair recovery you deserve. Put over 150 years of combined experience and a proven track record of more than $100 million recovered on your side. Reach out to Hasty Pope, LLP today to learn how our attorneys can fight for you. We do not collect any attorneys’ fees unless we win your case.
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$9,000,000 Wrongful Death
Settlement of $9 million in September of 2019. This was for the family of a 20-year-old man struck and killed by a driver who crossed the centerline in Cherokee County, Georgia on May 18, 2018.
$6,000,000 Truck Accident
A tractor-trailer lost control and struck two motorcyclists, both suffered catastrophic injuries.
$5,000,000 Rear-End Accident
A female client was rear-ended at a high rate of speed in Fannin County, Georgia, a county in North Georgia. The negligent driver was following too closely and failed to maintain control of her vehicle.
$2,800,000 Dental Malpractice
A woman sustained permanent injury to her mouth and teeth as result of dental work performed below the standard of care by a dentist employed by a large corporate dental chain.
$2,500,000 Intersection Collision
A woman suffered multiple injuries including head trauma, multiple rib fractures, and a collapsed left lung when another car ran a red light and struck her vehicle in West Palm Beach, Fla.
$2,000,000 Intersection Collision
Our 76-year-old client, Sara, was on her way home from the salon. She was driving through an intersection on a green light when a young driver turned in front of her.
$1,735,000 Distracted Driving Accident
Our client was struck and killed on I-985 in Hall County, Georgia. Our client had pulled off I-985 to secure his load and was outside all lanes of travel.
$1,700,000 T-Bone Collision
A woman suffered permanent injury to her dominant arm after being involved in a collision at Davis Drive and Mansell Road in Alpharetta, Georgia.
$1,650,000 Accident on MARTA Bus
Our client sustained an injury in an accident in which the wheelchair ramp of a MARTA bus closed on her foot in 2016.
$1,300,000 Rear-End Collision
Our client, a 49 year-old small business owner was on his way home from a job when his life was forever changed - he was rear ended at a high rate of speed by a large construction truck.