Atlanta Semi Truck Accident Attorney for Victims of Serious Injury & Wrongful Death
Table of Contents
- What Is A Truck Accident Injury?
- Types of Commercial Trucks Involved In Accidents & Personal Injuries
- Who is Liable in Truck Accident Injury Cases?
- Proving Negligence in a Truck Accident Injury Case
- Damages & Compensation Recoverable In Semi Truck Accident Injury Claims
- Types of Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents
- Further Reading on Truck Accident Injuries
When you’ve been the victim of a collision with a semi truck or 18-wheeler, you find yourself in one of the scariest situations a driver can imagine. On top of being in a crash, everything is larger, faster, and oftentimes less under control. This can cause more significant injuries, greater financial damages, and add layers of complexity to your case.
What is a Truck Accident Injury?
Large semi trucks have long been a problematic presence on Georgia’s rural roads and highways.
As they share the road with much smaller, personal vehicles, accidents involving semi-trucks are all too common.
Trucking accident injuries usually involve some form of blunt force trauma from an impact, which can result in bruising, lacerations, broken bones, traumatic brain injury, and even death.
If you have been injured in a trucking accident in Georgia, contact Apolinsky & Associates without delay to have an experienced personal injury attorney review the facts of your case.
Types of Commercial Trucks Involved in Accidents & Personal Injuries
Small Commercial Trucks
- Commercial minivans & panel vans
- Commercial pickup trucks
- Commercial tow trucks
- Cab-forward trucks
- Commercial SUVs
Medium-Sized Commercial Trucks
- Box trucks
- Flatbed trucks
- Delivery trucks
- Platform trucks
- Medium duty trucks
Heavy Commercial Trucks
- 18-wheeler semi trucks
- Commercial refrigerator trucks
- Commercial dump trucks
- Garbage trucks
- Logging trucks
- Tanker trucks
Who is Liable in Truck Accident Injury Cases?
If a truck driver violates any of the laws listed above, or commits an act of negligence, they can be held liable for damages that result. Negligence and illegal acts include:
- Driving without a license.
- Failing to meet hours of service requirements (i.e., driving more than the law permits).
- Driving aggressively.
- Performing illegal lane changes.
- Driving while distracted (using a cellphone).
- Driving while intoxicated or impaired.
- Driving while fatigued.
Actual breaches of the law are known as negligence per se; a breach of what is reasonable is called negligence. The truck driver may be held independently liable for a crash caused by any of the actions above if they are an independent contractor, or a trucking company/truck driver’s employer may be held liable.
Proving Negligence In a Trucking Accident Injury Case in Georgia
Negligence is established by proving a defendant failed to use reasonable care when there was a duty to do so and that this failure resulted in harm to another person. Not all trucking accident injury claims are rooted in negligence, but most are.
Trucking companies are legally responsible for their drivers and their vehicles. These corporations have a legal obligation to put a safe fleet of trucks on the road. When trucking companies act in a dangerous manner, whether by failing to properly inspect their vehicles, or by hiring unsafe drivers, they must be held accountable. In order to prove fault, you must establish negligence. This means that you will need to prove that:
- The trucking company had a duty to drive safely.
- The trucking company breached that duty.
- The breach of duty can be linked to your collision.
- You sustained actual injuries in the truck accident.
To be clear, proving all four of these required factors is not easy. You are going to need to present compelling evidence. This is why it is so important that your personal injury claim is handled by a top-rated Atlanta trucking accident attorney. Your attorney will be able to take the actions that are necessary to get you the money that you deserve.
Damages & Compensation Recoverable In Semi Truck Accident Injury Claims
Serious injuries can and do occur in trucking accidents. You may need extensive medical care, or even long-term care after an accident. Fortunately, you may be able to recover some of those losses, including:
- Medical expenses, including emergency care and ongoing treatments.
- Lost wages.
- Reduced or loss of earning capacity.
- Long-term disability.
- Property damage.
- Pain and suffering, including emotional injuries.
- Diminished quality of life.
If you or a loved one has been badly injured due to a truck driver’s negligence and would like to discuss what possible damages you could recover, contact Apolinsky & Associates, LLC, for a case evaluation.