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Unlike common car accidents, accidents involving commercial and professional truck drivers are more complex. Truck drivers have an added responsibility to the general public to make sure they are fit to drive, including limiting the number of hours they are on the road and making sure their equipment is roadworthy.

Due to the sheer size and amount of force involved, accidents involving trucks can easily generate an immense amount of damage, often with tragic results. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a trucking accident, you need an Atlanta truck accident attorney who will aggressively pursue the full compensation you are entitled to under the law. Call us today for a free consultation.

Why Choose Our Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyers

At the Atlanta, Georgia, firm of Hilley & Frieder, skilled personal injury lawyer Mia I. Frieder has built a successful practice with her husband Ron Hilley. They listen to your story, review the accident report, and work hard to make sure that you are reimbursed by the negligent party who caused the accident.

At Hilley & Frieder, P.C., we stand up for those who have been injured in truck accidents throughout Atlanta. Our practice is focused on handling personal injury, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, and long-term disability claims. Our team has extensive experience handling a wide range of claims, including all types of auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, truck accidents, and more.

Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck drivers have an added amount of responsibility on the road. As professional drivers, they have a duty to make certain that they are following the appropriate rules and do not compromise the safety of others by driving too long or becoming fatigued. Unfortunately, many drivers do not adhere to the rules, causing accidents that could have otherwise been prevented.

There are many reasons why accidents may be caused. Our truck accident lawyers will carefully examine the accident report and review all evidence to determine the cause of liability. We can even call upon experts to provide authoritative testimony about the cause of the accident. We will work tirelessly on your behalf and seek to obtain just compensation for your injuries. Common causes of truck accidents can include:

  • Truck driver fatigue
  • Substance abuse
  • Failure to properly maintain a vehicle
  • Overloaded trucks
  • Skipped safety checks
  • Federal Regulations for Truckers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) establishes and enforces regulations for truck drivers and their employers. You can hold a driver or his or her employer liable for your accident if you find they are in violation of FMCSA rules.

These regulations include the following:

  • The FMCSA does not allow truck drivers to drive more hours than regulations deem safe, depending on the driver’s schedule and the cargo he or she is carrying. Driving more hours than allowed can lead to drowsy driving and other serious hazards.
  • Truck drivers must also maintain a strict log of the hours they drive. You can use this driving log as evidence in a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim.
  • The FMCSA requires all trucking companies to routinely perform frequent inspections on their fleet of vehicles. If the inspection discovers any damage or malfunctions, the company must repair the vehicle before sending it onto the road.
  • All trucking companies must ensure that their drivers have the proper commercial driver’s license, be at least 21 years of age, and speak proficient English.

Compliance with FMCSA regulations is important for trucking companies, truck operators, and motor vehicle drivers alike. One of your attorney’s first steps will involve requesting documentation from the at-fault driver’s employer to determine whether any violations took place.

What to Do After a Truck Accident in Atlanta

Truck accidents can be very dangerous, and you may experience extreme shock after the collision. However, these moments are some of the most important for your future case. Immediately after the accident, take the following steps to seek help and preserve your claim.

  • Call 911 to bring emergency medical services and law enforcement to the accident scene. Speak to the officer about the accident and collect his or her badge number to find the accident report at a later date.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you do not feel hurt. You may have internal injuries or shock may be masking your pain. Save all records you receive from your visits.
  • Do not admit anything about your injuries or the cause of the accident. You may not know all of the facts at this point in your case, and making a premature statement can harm your chances of collecting compensation.
  • Do not speak to any insurance adjusters or trucking company representatives until you speak to your Atlanta truck accident lawyer.

If you can move around the accident scene without further injury or danger, take the following steps:

  • Take pictures of the accident site and your injuries, including all vehicles, the area around the collision, and traffic signs and signals.
  • Exchange information with the at-fault driver and any other drivers involved in the accident, including your contact details, insurance information, and licenses.
  • If there are any witnesses in the area, collect their contact information as well. These witnesses may be able to provide valuable testimony for your case.

What Damages Are Available in a Truck Accident Claim?

Under Georgia law, negligent trucking companies and truck drivers are responsible for paying for your economic and non-economic damages after an accident they are liable for. Economic damages involve your tangible, financial losses, while non-economic damages involve your emotional and physical pain and suffering.

Common damages in truck accident claims include the following:

  • Lost wages and loss of future earnings
  • Disability accommodations to your home or vehicle
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression
  • Damage to your property, including vehicle repairs
  • Past and future medical expenses for your injuries
  • Disability and disfigurement
  • Loss of quality of life

Liability for Trucking Accidents in Georgia

In an accident involving commercial or professional drivers, liability rests with the trucking company as well as the driver. These cases require the help of a law firm capable of finding out what happened and whether any regulations were violated by the driver or company.

Ultimately, the trucking company is responsible for allowing the driver to hit the road in their truck. From the moment the accident happens, you can be sure that they will be doing everything they can to find ways to avoid paying for their negligence.

Let Our Legal Team Help You Today

Don’t let them get away with it. Contact our firm today for a free consultation with a skilled Atlanta truck accident lawyer.

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