Georgia Truck Accident Law

Truck, Tractor-Trailer, and 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers

Georgia truck accidents can be incredibly dangerous. Semi-trucks can weigh over 30,000 pounds, 20 to 30 times more than regular passenger cars. When a semi-truck swerves and blocks a highway, it can cause a multi-vehicle accident with multiple fatalities. Motor vehicle accidents involving 18-wheelers often cause severe injuries or death to innocent drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Recovering compensation from injuries caused by a truck accident can be challenging. When an at-fault truck driver causes an accident, he or she is liable for injuries that result. 

The Gainesville, Georgia, truck accident attorneys at Smith Hulsey Law offer clients relentless representation. We provide exceptional results for clients who suffer injuries in the truck, tractor-trailer, and 18-wheeler accidents. Our skilled lawyers have represented insurance carriers. We know all of the ways that insurance companies attempt to pay out less than they should to our injured clients. Our truck accident lawyers fight hard for our clients’ right to compensation throughout the entire process. Contact our Gainesville, Georgia, personal injury law firm today to schedule your initial consultation.

Semi-Truck Accident Statistics

In 2018, 4,136 people died in truck accidents, and 67% of those were occupants of other passenger vehicles and cars. Truck accidents are far more dangerous for people in passenger cars than truck drivers. In fact, 96% of people killed in two-vehicle crashes involving a large truck were those in the passenger vehicle that collided with the truck. Most of the deaths, 74% involved tractor-trailer trucks. Additionally, 62% of large truck drivers who died in crashes involved a collision with another large truck.

Common Causes of Georgia Semi-Truck and Tractor-Trailer Accidents

Georgia semi-truck and 18-wheeler drivers are under a tremendous amount of pressure. In many cases, truck drivers are independent contractors who do not receive payment until they complete a job. The more jobs they finish in a short amount of time, the more income they receive. Unfortunately, this setup can create an atmosphere in which truck drivers do not get the minimum amount of sleep to drive safely. Lack of sleep and drowsy driving are a common cause of serious truck accidents in Georgia. Additional causes of truck accidents include the following:

  • Driver error or negligence is the most common cause of tractor-trailer accidents
  • Distracted driving caused by texting, phone calls, or using electronic devices
  • Unsafe maneuvering on roads or driving on roads that are not safe for large trucks
  • Ignoring safety signs regarding weight limits and restrictions for trucks
  • Driving large trucks with loads that are improperly secured
  • Driving tractor-trailer trucks with overloaded trailers
  • Driving a semi-truck that has not been properly maintained 
  • Failing to check the air pressure in tires or driving on tires that are overused

Common Injuries Caused by Georgia Truck Accidents

Most semi-trucks and tractor-trailers are 20 to 30 times heavier than passenger cars. When a large truck collides with a passenger car, the results are often deadly. Every year, thousands of U.S. citizens become injured or killed in tractor-trailer accidents. In almost all cases, when a truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the passenger vehicle occupants suffer more serious injuries than truck drivers. Severe injuries common in truck accidents include the following:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Loss-of-limb injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Death

Recovering Compensation for Injuries Caused by Georgia Truck Accidents

The first step to recovering compensation for injuries suffered in a truck is to determine who was at fault. At Smith Hulsey Law, our Georgia truck accident lawyers conduct thorough investigations into our clients’ truck accidents. We gather evidence, including the police report, witness testimony, and any available CCTV footage. When needed, we call on our network of accident reconstruction experts to help determine who caused the accident. Depending on the circumstances of the truck accident, the following people and organizations may be liable for the accident:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company that employed the truck driver
  • Cargo loaders
  • The manufacturers of the truck components
  • Truck maintenance providers
  • Truck rig owners

Our lawyers help determine who is at fault. Once we determine the at-fault party, a personal injury lawsuit might be the best way to seek compensation for injuries suffered in a car accident. Successful Georgia personal injury plaintiffs can recover all of the following types of damages:

  • The cost of past and future medical bills
  • Lost past and future income
  • Property damage
  • Punitive damages
  • Other expenses related to the truck accident
  • Damages to pain and suffering

Seeking Compensation From an Insurance Company

When it comes to auto insurance, Georgia is an “at-fault” state. When someone becomes hurt in a truck accident caused by another driver’s negligence, the injured party can file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company. When a truck driver who causes the accident works for a trucking company, the injured party can usually file a claim with the trucking company’s insurance provider. Insurance companies are notorious for offering compensation amounts that are much too low. At Smith Hulsey Law, our lawyers work hard to negotiate with insurance companies so our clients receive a fair amount of compensation.

Georgia’s Comparative Fault Laws

Georgia is a modified comparative fault state, a legal doctrine that comes into play when determining compensation in truck accidents. Under Georgia law, an insurance company or court can reduce the injured party’s compensation when the injured party is a person is mostly or partly at fault. For example, if a truck driver ran a stop sign and collided with the driver of a passenger car, the truck driver is liable for the other driver’s injuries. However, if the other driver was driving above the speed limit when the accident occurred, he or she is partially at fault. If an insurance company or a court determines that the injured passenger car driver was 10% at fault, it will reduce the driver’s total compensation by 10%.

Our Lawyers Can Help

If you have suffered an injury in a Georgia truck accident, our lawyers can help. Contact Smith Hulsey Law today to schedule your free case evaluation.