Every year, over 100,000 injuries result from trucking accidents. 4,311 large trucks were involved in fatal collisions in 2015. This has been an increasingly troubling problem here in Macon and throughout Central Georgia, with numerous devastating and fatal accidents just within the last few months. Recently, an accident on I-16 in Macon involving 8 vehicles was caused by a tractor-trailer and ultimately led to four deaths. And just yesterday, August 3, there were multiple wrecks involving tractor trailers, some with injuries, reported along I-75 throughout central Georgia.
Have you suffered as a result of a tractor-trailer accident? Call us at (478) 845-1961.
With the amount and severity of these commercial trucking accidents, Adams Law Firm would like to encourage all motorists to be extremely cautious around tractor-trailers, buses, and other large vehicles. Stay alert, maintain a safe distance from them, and try to always stay visible. If you are involved in an accident caused by a tractor-trailer, here are four important steps to take:
Notify the Authorities
If you and your passengers are not obviously injured, you should immediately call 911. Passing motorists may dial the authorities as well, but if you are capable of calling, you should. The responding EMT’s will focus on any medical issues and the police officers will document the accident and gather information for a police report.
Have All Injuries Examined
If you or your passengers have been injured in a trucking accident, seeking medical attention should be your first priority. Even seemingly minor injuries need to be examined and cleared by a medical professional. During an accident, victims may go into shock and experience an adrenaline rush, making significant injuries less obvious.
Document the Accident
Although the police will document the accident, chances are the responding officer did not witness the accident firsthand. You should use your cell phone to take pictures of any damage caused by the accident so that you have firsthand evidence. You should also make notes of any important details. Your pictures and notes will be extremely valuable for you and your attorney.
Call an Experienced Trucking Accident Attorney
Commercial trucking accidents present more complex legal issues than normal car accidents. The trucking industry is governed by a thorough set of rules and regulations. Because of this, the driver of the truck as well as the trucking company can both be held responsible. An experienced attorney will help you deal with the insurance companies and maximize your compensation.
If you are the victim of a trucking accident, call Adams Law Firm today at (478) 845-1961.