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After a truck accident, an accident attorney can help you get the compensation that you deserve under Georgia personal injury law. When you are facing hefty medical debt, pain, and the stress of a pending lawsuit, you should turn to the expertise you can find at Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C. Our Atlanta truck accident law firm represents individuals seeking fair compensation for their financial losses as well as their pain and suffering.

Do I Need to Hire a Truck Accident Attorney?

Trucking and insurance companies hire some of the fiercest lawyers who will fight tooth and nail to save themselves money in truck accident claims, and to protect their brand. When an individual represents themselves in their Atlanta truck accident case, then the insurance company is sure to take advantage of their ignorance of injury law. They will diminish the severity of your injuries, try to deny your claim for medical compensation, and may even try to get you to accept partial or full responsibility for the truck accident.

Because evidence in a trucking accident determines how much a victim can recover after their accident, your truck accident attorney will have to be just as intrepid and aggressive to beat the law firm representing the defendant.

The stronger the evidence, then the stronger the case. Henningsen Injury Attorneys builds each suit by collecting evidence and documentation such as:

  • Driver logs
  • Maintenance records
  • Accident histories
  • The truck drivers work history and driving record
  • The truck driver’s phone records
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Evidence taken at the scene of the accident, such as pictures
  • The severity of the injuries

An Atlanta truck accident lawyer who has been in practice for many years has cultivated relationships with expert witnesses who can provide litigation support. Expert witnesses include engineers, accident reconstructionists, medical providers, and actuaries who can provide more background on the facts of your case. For example, a medical expert can explain your serious injuries and how they were caused in your Georgia truck accident. An actuary may be called to testify regarding your lost wages if the insurance company tries to deny how much you can receive in compensation for lost wages. These are valuable resources in a Georgia truck accident case. Our law firm has established strong relationships with some of the reputable expert witnesses in Atlanta, so call Henningsen Injury Attorneys now to speak to an attorney
about your case.

Were you or a loved one injured in a trucking accident? Our team at Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C. can help! Call (404) 800-6356 to discuss your case during a free consultation.

Who is Responsible For My Truck Accident?

Determining liability after a truck accident will require a thorough investigation by an experienced attorney. At the end of that investigation, they will be able to determine who is liable for your injuries and must pay your compensation. Potentially liable parties include:

  • The trucking company: Trucking companies are notorious for urging drivers to spend more time on the road getting to their destinations faster. Sometimes they are negligent in conducting thorough background checks before putting a dangerous driver in one of their semi trucks.
  • The truck driver: the truck driver is responsible for obeying all traffic laws and taking breaks. Drivers are legally obligated to abstain from using drugs or drinking alcohol while operating a motor vehicle.
  • The truck manufacturer: If an investigation leads to the discovery of a defective part or design that caused the truck accident, then the manufacturing company will be held liable for your damages.
  • The packing/freight company: Carriers must be packed in accordance with federal laws to prevent weight shifts. The regulations are even more strict when carriers are transporting hazardous materials.
  • A government entity: If your truck accident lawyer can prove that the road where your accident occurred was poorly maintained or designed, then a city, county or state agency may be held liable for your injuries.

Of course, the best way to determine who is responsible for your accident is to hire a truck accident lawyer. Call Henningsen Injury Attorneys today to schedule your free consultation with a truck accident lawyer who can give you advice on how to proceed in your case.

What Types of Damages Can an Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyer Help Me to Recover?

The types of damages you can recover in your Atlanta truck accident include compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages include economic damages and non-economic damages.

Economic damages, as the name suggests, are the financial losses related to your truck accident, such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Future lost earnings
  • Property damage
  • Other miscellaneous costs, such as medical devices, child care, etc.

Non-economic damages recognize the physical pain, discomfort, disfiguration, and permanent damage done to the body, as well as the anguish, frustration, and humiliation the accident has caused. Non-economic damages can also include the loss of companionship if the truck accident resulted in a wrongful death.

In some cases, the accident victims may be awarded punitive damages. These are monetary damages separate from a personal injury claim or criminal hearing that are intended to deter the defendant from acting in the same woefully negligent way again in the future. It also sends an important message to trucking companies that their negligence will be punished. In the state of Georgia, punitive damages are capped at $250,000.00, but there are exceptions.

Am I Still Able to Recover Compensation If I am at Fault?

According to Georgia law, the amount that accident victims can receive in damages compensation can be reduced by the amount of fault they share for causing the crash. Suppose a driver was found violating traffic laws when they were hit by a commercial truck. In that case, the Georgia comparative negligence laws would kick in. They would require that the amount of damages that the accident victim receives are reduced by a percentage that the judge or jury deems that they are responsible for.

What Are Some of the Common Causes of Truck Accidents?

Although each case needs to be evaluated individually, there are some common reasons why devastating accidents happen. The National Safety Council reported that there was a 2% increase in fatal truck accidents between 2018 and 2019, and a 43% increase in truck accidents since 2010. Large truck accidents account for 10% of all vehicles involved in fatal accidents in the U.S. Below are some of the most common causes of truck accidents that we see in cases at Henningsen Injury Attorneys.

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Fatigue

A truck accident is much more likely when a driver is tired. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, truck drivers must get an adequate amount of sleep each night. A study they conducted showed that truck accidents are most likely to occur within the first hour of their journey, suggesting that the cognitive impairment caused by fatigue is enough to lead to a deadly crash.

Speeding

Speeding is one of the leading causes of serious injuries and deaths on Georgia highways. Because of a truck's size and the mass of the cargo, it takes more time and distance for a truck to slow down than a passenger vehicle. Truck drivers must obey the speed limit since they are less likely to respond to changes in traffic, which could result in a catastrophic truck accident.

Lack of Experience

New CDL drivers may be able to get a job easily due to a shortage of truck drivers. Larger truck companies may be willing to hire truck drivers with no professional experience outside of their licensing training. Unfortunately, when a driver lacks experience, they do not know how to control a vehicle in unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather and traffic jams.

Drunk Driving

Commercial truck drivers owe a duty of care to other drivers to use reasonable care when operating their tractor trailers. All road users have a duty of care to each other, but truck drivers have a special responsibility for safety given the size and mass of commercial trucks compared to passenger vehicles. All drivers owe each other their sobriety and full attention when using the road.

Distracted Driving

Just like anybody else, truck drivers can get bored and lonely when spending dozens of hours on highways every week with no other companions. Some truck drivers listen to audiobooks and podcasts to pass the time. Or they might make phone calls and use messenger apps on their phones to chat. It’s not illegal to listen to the radio, but it is illegal to be distracted while behind the wheel.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, the activities that pose the most safety threats include:

  • Using a cell phone
  • Eating
  • Talking with other passengers
  • Adjusting controls in the vehicle, such as radio dials

These actions take the driver's eyes off of the road and may take their hands off of the wheel, which means that their mind is no longer focused on driving. According to information collected by the Insurance Information Institute, distracted driving was a factor in 9% of fatal wrecks in 2019.

How are Truck Accidents Different From Car Accidents?

Truck accidents and car accidents can differ in many ways:

  • Causation: The size difference between trucks and cars can mean that the causes that lead to accidents are different. A truck’s weight may be off-balance, or there might not be enough space for a truck to stop in heavy traffic. Cars are much lighter, so they are less likely to topple over.
  • Case complexity: Because truck accidents can be much more serious due to the sheer size and weight differential between trucks and passenger vehicles, they can often lead to greater damages and multiple parties being involved in the case, from the trucking company to the insurance company to the truck driver. A truck accident attorney can guide you through this process.
  • The insurance company: When a passenger vehicle is involved in an accident, their personal auto insurance policy covers the accident. But a trucking company takes out a significantly larger policy than the average driver. Insurance companies are very aggressive and are known for bullying victims who file a claim for compensation from one of their policyholders.

What Should I Do After a Truck Accident?

Every step you take after your semi truck accident will be scrutinized, so it’s important to take the right steps. First, assess yourself and any other passengers in your vehicle to see if anyone is seriously injured. If you are able to, then you should check on others involved to see if there are any serious injuries. Then call 911 so law enforcement can arrive and file a police report.

If you are offered medical attention, then you should accept it. Only a licensed, trained healthcare worker can tend to your injuries properly and determine if there are any latent injuries that could cause complications later.

If you are blocking traffic or are in a dangerous part of the road, then you should move your car out of the way and into the shoulder.

Keep your interactions on the side of the road brief, but then call Henningsen Injury Attorneys so we can do the talking for you and advise you on what to say and do. When the police talk to you, you should not offer any statements as to what you think caused the accident, nor should you offer any apologies. In the state of Georgia, there are comparative negligence laws, meaning that each party shares a portion of fault for a truck accident. You do not know what other factors contributed to your accident, but the attorneys at Henningsen Injury Attorneys can conduct an investigation to get to the bottom of what happened. The insurance companies never hesitate to twist the words of a semi truck accident victim to serve their purposes in saving themselves money in compensatory and possibly punitive damages. Henningsen Injury Attorneys will speak to them for you, advise you of your rights, and be your guide throughout the legal process.

In accordance with state law, if you are involved in a Georgia truck accident, then you and the other drivers involved must exchange the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Drivers license number
  • License plate numbers
  • Insurance company and policy
  • Additionally, the driver must provide you the name of their employer and their DOT number.

Taking pictures to corroborate your claim is tremendously helpful. If your phone was not damaged in the crash, then you can use it to take pictures and capture videos of the scene of the accident, your injuries, and the vehicles involved. Many commercial trucks have numbering or lettering on the side of them which can be used to identify the driver.

Why Henningsen Injury Attorneys

Our law firm has handled hundreds of accident cases involving tractor-trailers and has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for the pain and suffering and other losses Georgia truck accident victims have faced. We provide individualized attention to each person and their families who seek us out to help them during one of the most trying times of their lives. We work with every person from a place of compassion and with a desire to help them move forward in their lives.

Attorney Todd Henningsen is an accomplished attorney on top of having a high client satisfaction rating. He is a member of

  • The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

He has also been admitted to the State Bar of Georgia and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

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