Macon Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys
Securing Just Compensation for Truck Accident Victims
If you or a family member has been injured in a tractor trailer accident, it's important to consult an experienced attorney who will put your interests first. Accidents involving heavy commercial trucks can be among the most devastating traffic accidents imaginable.
Not only do truck crashes often involve catastrophic injuries and fatalities, but the legal issues surrounding tractor trailer accident claims are especially complex as well.
At Adams Law Firm, our legal team is committed to representing wrongfully injured truck accident victims and their families. We provide compassionate and personalized attention to each client so we can get to know their goals and needs well enough to secure the just compensation they deserve.
Our Macon tractor trailer accident lawyers also possess an in depth understanding of how trucking accident claims and the parties involved work. We will fight for you while you focus on the path to recovery.
Tractor Trailer Accidents by the Numbers
According to data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 77,000 large trucks are involved in tractor trailer accidents with injuries each year. In 2012, nearly 4,000 drivers lost their lives in a trucking accident; and though these numbers have decreased over the past decade, the attorneys at Adams Law Firm are eager to see the numbers of injuries and fatalities continue to decline in tractor trailer accidents.
Common Types of Truck Accidents
As you can imagine, truck accidents can occur in a myriad of ways and many of them have a strong possibility to be destructive, if not deadly. The immense size and weight of tractor trailers, combined with the heavy cargo onboard, can cause significant damage to anything a heavy truck collides with.
Common types of tractor trailer accidents include:
- Head on collisions: Being struck by a tractor trailer head on can cause can be extremely damaging to any smaller vehicles and passengers.
- Jackknifes: These accidents occur when a truck’s cab and trailer fold into each other at a 90-degree angle. Such accidents occur due to speeding, slick surfaces, rain, and heavy winds.
- Rear end collisions: These accidents happen when a truck collides with a vehicle traveling in the same direction from behind. While less injurious than head on crashes, getting rear ended by a tractor trailer can still lead to serious injury.
- Rollovers: These accidents occur when a truck rolls over and can cause immense destruction to anything in the truck’s path. Rollovers are often caused by speeding, unsafe roads, sudden lane changes, improper cargo loading, and bad weather.
- Underride accidents: One of the deadliest truck accidents occurs when a vehicle collides with a truck and slides under the trailer. This usually results in the roof of the vehicle being ripped off.
Accidents may be caused by many other factors such as tire blowouts, blind spots, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driver fatigue, and more.
Determining the cause of a truck accident and which party is at fault can be challenging, so we recommend consulting with an attorney if you’re thinking about taking legal action.
Why Gathering Evidence is Crucial in Truck Accident Cases
When it comes to truck accident cases, gathering evidence is crucial in establishing liability and securing the compensation you deserve. Truck accidents can result in serious injuries and property damage, and without proper evidence, it can be challenging to prove fault and hold the responsible party accountable.
Here are some reasons why gathering evidence is so important in truck accident cases:
- Proving negligence: Evidence such as witness statements, surveillance footage, and accident reconstruction reports can help establish who was at fault in the accident. This evidence can be crucial in proving negligence on the part of the truck driver, trucking company, or other parties involved.
- Determining liability: Truck accidents often involve multiple parties, including the truck driver, trucking company, maintenance providers, and more. By gathering evidence, you can determine which parties may be held liable for your injuries and losses.
- Calculating damages: Evidence such as medical records, photographs of the accident scene, and expert testimony can help quantify the damages you have suffered. This includes medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.
- Preventing spoliation of evidence: Trucking companies and their insurers may attempt to destroy or tamper with evidence to protect themselves from liability. By promptly gathering evidence, you can protect it from being lost or altered.
- Building a strong case: The more evidence you have to support your claim, the stronger your case becomes. By thoroughly documenting the accident scene, injuries, and other relevant details, you increase your chances of obtaining a fair settlement or succeeding in court.
Some types of evidence that can be crucial in truck accident cases include:
- Driver logs and maintenance records
- Electronic control module (ECM) data
- Witness statements and police reports
- Video footage from dash cams or surveillance cameras
- Photos of the accident scene and vehicle damage
At Adams Law Firm, our Macon truck accident attorneys understand the importance of evidence in truck accident cases. We have the experience and resources to investigate your accident thoroughly, gather compelling evidence, and build a strong case on your behalf. Contact us today for a free consultation and let us fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.
Tips to Help Avoid a Tractor Trailer Accident
Approximately one out of every eight traffic fatalities is the result of a tractor trailer accident. In the case of an accident, the size and weight of these trucking and tractor trailer vehicles add fuel to the fire. In fact, an overwhelming 98% of associated fatalities occur to the driver in the passenger vehicle.
Given the high stakes of a tractor trailer accident, it's important to take precautions to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road.
The following tips can help you stay safe while sharing the road:
- Stay visible. Trucks have much larger blind spots than passenger vehicles. If the semi’s mirrors aren’t visible, the driver likely can’t see you. Always use your turn signals, and pay close attention to those on the truck, as you may not be visible to the driver.
- Maintain a safe distance. Don't drive alongside trucks for longer than you need to, and refrain from tailgating; if you need to pass, use your turn signals, and keep a safe distance between you and the truck.
- Stay alert. Fatigue, speeding, and sudden lane changes are among the myriad causes of tractor trailer accidents. Be aware of the drivers around you—including any larger vehicles—and if you begin to feel sleepy, pull over.
- Be extra careful in poor conditions. Poor road design or road conditions create additional difficulties for truck drivers and make it significantly more difficult to stop or slow. Be especially cautious when approaching a merge and leave extra room when approaching or passing.
Call Now for the Legal Representation You Deserve
If you or a loved one has been injured in a tractor trailer accident you may be entitled to compensation. Even if you think your injuries are not severe enough to warrant hiring an attorney, it can be valuable to consult with an experienced lawyer who is familiar with the complexities of trucking accident claims.
We can investigate the crash site, secure truck logs and other information to determine fault, and determine how much compensation you need to make the best possible recovery. We can also handle wrongful death claims in the tragic event you lost a loved one due to a tractor trailer accident.
Contact Adams Law Firm for a free consultation today to help receive the compensation you deserve. Se habla Español.