Alpharetta Trucking Accident Lawyers Seek Compensation for Clients
Georgia firm offers aggressive representation for people injured by commercial vehicles
Any motor vehicle wreck can leave you with devastating injuries. But when your crash involves a large truck, your chances of severe injury, or even death, increase greatly. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck wreck, you need an attorney who knows how to handle the complex legal issues involved with commercial vehicle accident claims. Cheeley Law Group, LLC in Alpharetta has extensive experience litigating cases stemming from truck wrecks. When you call us, we respond quickly to make sure you get the medical care you need, and we immediately start to tackle the legal issues. We handle negotiations with insurance companies, letting them know that we are ready for trial if they refuse a reasonable settlement.
Common causes of commercial truck accidents in Georgia
Determining the cause of a truck wreck is the first step in determining who is legally responsible for the injuries. Common causes of commercial vehicle accidents in Georgia include:
- Driver fatigue — A drowsy driver poses a lethal threat to others on the road. Federal regulations limit the number of hours a driver can operate a commercial truck, but many drivers and trucking companies skirt the law. We use the discovery process to demand company records that could reveal service hour violations.
- Impaired driving — For truck drivers, blood alcohol content of 0.04 percent or higher is illegal. This is a tougher standard than the one applied to most passenger vehicle operators due to the difficulty of controlling larger machines and the dangers they pose. Truck drivers might be impaired by drugs, including substances they’re using to keep them awake over a long haul. For this reason, testing is vitally important after a truck wreck.
- Unlicensed or untrained drivers — Trucking companies may not properly vet the drivers they hire, resulting in unqualified operators of heavy equipment. This level of negligence puts the public at unreasonable risk, and our firm is determined to fight against it.
- Poor truck maintenance — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets rules that require every trucking company to systematically inspect, maintain and repair its fleet. Trucking companies may subcontract their maintenance to another entity which could be held liable for shoddy upkeep of equipment. But in many cases after failed inspections, the trucking companies simply order the equipment back into service without waiting for repairs to be made. A common result is brake failure which can cause a disastrous accident.
- Mechanical defects — Some truck defects stem straight from the vehicle or part manufacturer. Common mechanical defects on semi-trucks include failed brakes, blown tires and faulty hitches.
Whatever the cause of your truck accident, our team, which includes accident reconstruction experts, will make an accurate assessment that allows us to build a strong case.
Skillful litigators pinpoint liable parties in truck collision cases
If your case involves a commercial driver of some sort, whether a delivery vehicle or a tractor-trailer, liability becomes more complicated. You may have two or three defendants in your case, including the driver’s employer, the company who owns the trailer, the company that loaded the vehicles or even a parts manufacturer if the vehicle malfunctioned. Our personal injury lawyers understand the complex nature of these cases and will ensure that we identify the correct parties and include them in the case.
Accomplished trial lawyers advocate for crash victims in court
The stakes are generally higher in a trucking wreck case than in a typical auto accident. Insurance companies know they face paying extraordinary damages, and they will fight hard to avoid doing so. That is why we immediately go to work to collect and preserve the evidence to support a possible trial argument, such as police reports, information about the condition of the defendant’s vehicle and witness statements. We notify the defendant not to destroy any evidence. Though you generally have two years to file your claim in Georgia, we want to make sure you have the strongest case possible.
Contact our Alpharetta, GA lawyers for a free consultation about a truck accident claim
Cheeley Law Group, LLC provides skilled and determined legal representation to Georgia truck accident victims. Call us at 770-872-6066 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Our office is in Alpharetta.