Injuries from a crash with a large truck can be devastating and catastrophic. While a crash can happen in an instant, it can change your life forever. The experienced truck accident attorneys at The Larrison Law Firm understand that a serious truck accident can leave you with expensive damages and ongoing medical issues. We work closely with our clients and help them hold the trucking company responsible when negligent practices lead to serious injury or death.
Negligent Truck Drivers
Trucking companies are legally required to follow federal and state laws. These regulations are meant to protect other drivers who share the roadway with semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles. Many of the laws require extensive training, supervision, licensing, and documentation. We have found that trucking companies often try to cut costs by cutting corners or avoiding regulations altogether. This can lead to catastrophic crashes that may leave victims with severe injuries and ongoing medical costs.
Trucking Company Rules
Interstate trucking is governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Any commercial vehicle that weighs over 10,000 lbs. must comply with certain regulations. In Georgia, these rules must be followed when interstate trucks are within the state lines. Some of the rules include the following:
- Hiring guidelines
- Licensing requirements
- Drivers must take an annual physical exam conducted by the Department of Transportation.
- Certain hours of service regulations must be observed to limit drive times.
- Documentation procedures
- Pre- and post-trip safety inspections
- Annual safety inspections
- Alcohol and drug testing
Truck Driving Negligence
Certain types of negligence include, but are not limited to:
- Overloading trailers
- Failing to secure a load.
- Impaired driving
- Distracted driving
- Poor truck handling
- Following too closely
- Aggressive driving
- Poor maintenance
- Improper or lack of licensing
- Driving a truck that is out of service.
- Negligent hiring
- Lack of training
Truck Accident Cases
Because commercial vehicles and large trucks are often heavier and larger than standard vehicles, they can be more difficult to maneuver. A crash with a large truck is also more likely to cause serious injuries or even death. When victims suffer serious injuries due to a wreck with a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle, it often means a longer recovery time and/or life-long disabilities.
Trucking companies often care more about profits than the people who are harmed, so they devote extensive resources fighting personal injury or wrongful death claims in hopes of settling for less than victims deserve. In pursuing recovery from large trucking companies, victims can level the playing field by working with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Contact us Today!
If you or a loved one was injured in a crash with a large truck or commercial vehicle and you are facing financial damages such as medical bills, ongoing treatment, or lost wages, the personal injury attorneys at The Larrison Law Firm can help. If the collision occurred because of trucker’s negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation for your damages through a truck accident claim. We would like to speak with you about your injuries. Schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Loganville attorneys by calling 770-554-8100. You may also get in touch with us online.