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Truck Accident Claims in Georgia

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.

Damages in a Truck Accident Case

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
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability
  • Property damage
  • And more

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 130 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.

Call (770) 741-1951 or submit an online contact form to request a free consultation with our truck accident attorneys in Gainesville, GA.

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.

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

If you were involved in a truck accident in Gainesville or the surrounding areas, we encourage you to reach out to our firm right away to find out how we can help. At Hasty Pope, LLP, we are ready to fight tirelessly on your behalf, advocating for the full, fair recovery you deserve.

Trust your case to our experienced trucking accident lawyers; call our Gainesville office at (770) 741-1951 or contact us online today.

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