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Collisions that involve trucks are some of the most serious accidents on public roads. In large cities like Atlanta, trucking accidents are on the rise due to the higher number of trucks and large vehicles on the road delivering products throughout the area. Because commercial trucks are massive, heavy machines, they have a high potential for causing injuries and death during accidents.

When injuries are severe, victims and families will often experience extreme burdens from medical bills, as well as lost wages caused by a victim's inability to work. At Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C., our truck accident lawyers work diligently to recover maximum compensation for truck accident victims and their loved ones.

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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.

Common Truck Accident Injuries

As a result of the massive difference in size and weight between 18-wheelers and traditional passenger vehicles, victims of truck accidents often experience catastrophic injuries that cause long-term and even permanent damage, including:

Types of Truck Accidents

Truck drivers often drive long hours on the road, frequently suffering from drowsiness and exhaustion. Unfortunately, this often leads to serious accidents and puts other drivers in danger. Though companies and organizations have worked hard to create new driving regulations, they simply have not cut back enough on the amount of tragic truck accidents that occur every year.

overturned 18 wheelerSome of the most common types of truck accidents include:

Truck Drivers Must Take Reasonable Care

When drivers are given the privilege of driving a motor vehicle they are morally and legally obligated to follow a duty of reasonable care. A duty of reasonable care is the obligation that certain actions should be taken or avoided in order to maintain your safety and the safety of others on the road.

Examples of reasonable care include:

  • Watching the road
  • Stopping at a red light
  • Yielding when required
  • Following the speed limit
  • Performing required maintenance on your vehicle
  • Refraining from distracted driving
  • Leaving a safe distance between you and the car in front of you

Commercial truck drivers are also required to follow a duty of reasonable care while operating their vehicles. If a driver has breached their moral and legal obligations of reasonable care, then they can be made to pay for their negligence.

Who Can Be Held Responsible?

Determining fault and liability in a truck accident is essential to recovering full compensation. Our legal team closely reviews all circumstances surrounding an accident to determine who can be held at fault. We investigate the conduct of both truck drivers and trucking companies for any violations or instances of negligence.

Some of the most common forms of negligence include:

  • Hours-of-Service violations
  • Improperly maintained vehicles
  • Unsecured cargo
  • Distracted, drunk or impaired drivers

Truck companies and drivers are supposed to adhere to certain regulations involving safety to protect others on the road. It is vital to have an attorney inspect all aspects of the accident immediately to determine whether or not regulations were violated. Trucking insurance companies are often very aggressive and difficult to deal with. These insurance companies have one goal in mind - to reduce the amount paid out in claims.

Truck Accidents: Employees vs. Independent Contractors

In years past, truck drivers were almost always employed by a larger corporation. They had a company they worked for and a 'boss' in a position of authority over them. Nowadays, the industry is much different and therefore, accidents are more confusing. In order for the truck driver's company to be held responsible for your accident, the driver must be an employee of the company. This means that they only drive trucks for one company.

Independent contractors, however, are quite the opposite. A driver who is an independent contractor actually picks up jobs from many different companies and is not under one specific corporation. If an independent contractor causes your accident, you will have no employer to sue.

Victims of accidents involving independent contractors can still recover compensation though. Instead of suing their employer, you will instead file a claim against the driver and get compensation from their personal insurance provider.

If the driver is an employee of another trucking company, you must prove that the driver was "on the clock" at the time of the accident. This places liability with their employer who in turn may be responsible for covering the cost of your suffering.

Our Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyers Act in Your Best Interests

Generally, insurance companies do not represent you or have an interest in your future health and well-being. They represent shareholders and their clients – the trucking firms. Insurance adjusters are experts at reducing claims and are usually carefully trained in this process. Having a professional protect your rights and fight for the compensation that you deserve is crucial in a serious injury case.

Our firm has served truck accident victims in Atlanta for more than 10 years, and we have achieved many notable victories in difficult and contested claims. Clients come to us because our experience and results speak for themselves.

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