Recognized Buford Truck Accident Lawyers
Large trucks, including tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, and big rigs, routinely traverse area roadways in and around Buford, Georgia. In particular, Georgia State Route 13 is a common location for large trucks, but you can also see these vehicles on smaller, less-traveled roadways.
When a large truck hits a smaller vehicle, such as your passenger vehicle, motorcycle, or bicycle, debilitating and sometimes fatal injuries can result. Often, when one of these collisions occurs, it is the occupants of the smaller vehicle who bear the brunt of the injuries and damages.
If you suffered injuries in a recent truck accident that resulted from a truck driver’s negligence or some other person or entity’s negligence, you may be able to take legal action for monetary compensation and damages.
Our experienced Buford truck accident attorneys at Spaulding Injury Law can review your accident circumstances with you, determine if you’re eligible to file a viable truck accident claim or lawsuit, and if so, assist you throughout the process.
We could also help you negotiate a fair settlement offer from the at-fault truck driver’s insurance company. If the insurance adjuster is unwilling to favorably compensate you for your accident-related injuries, we could then help you file a lawsuit and litigate your case through the Georgia State Court System to an efficient resolution.
For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with an experienced truck accident lawyer, please contact our office directly today.
How Truck Drivers Cause Motor Vehicle Accidents
The majority of trucking accidents in the Buford, Georgia, region result from truck driver negligence. When truck drivers operate their vehicles recklessly or when they violate state and federal motor carrier regulations, they significantly increase their chances of causing a traffic accident that leads to debilitating injuries.
Some of the most common types of truck driver negligence that leads to serious accidents include:
- Exceeding the posted speed limit
- Failing to yield the right-of-way to smaller vehicles
- Violating one or more state or federal motor carrier regulations, such as those pertaining to load limits, overhead and undercarriage lighting, and loading and unloading procedures
- Failing to use turn signals when switching travel lanes or executing turns
- Failing to use side view mirrors when switching lanes or backing out of parking spaces
- Driving too fast for the weather or traffic conditions
- Exhibiting road rage
- Tailgating other drivers
In addition to these road rule violations, other truck accidents happen when drivers are under the illegal influence of alcohol or drugs. Some truck drivers resort to controlled substances to try and keep themselves awake for hours on end. However, these substances sometimes cause drivers to become sleepy while behind the wheel. At other times, truck drivers consume alcohol before driving, significantly increasing their chances of causing a traffic accident.
Alcohol, in particular, can alter a truck driver’s mental state and limit their concentration abilities. An intoxicated truck driver may also experience blurred vision, dizziness, delayed reflexes, and delayed reaction time. Consequently, an intoxicated truck driver might speed, tailgate other vehicles, or aggressively weave in and out of traffic. As a result, the driver may inadvertently cause a serious traffic accident that leaves other drivers and passengers severely injured.
Finally, some truck crashes happen when drivers fail to watch the road attentively. A truck driver might be focusing their attention on a GPS navigation system, smartphone, music system, or anything else instead of watching the road and their mirrors attentively. As a result, the distracted driver might fail to see another vehicle or pedestrian, causing a serious crash.
Our knowledgeable truck accident lawyers at Spaulding Injury Law can review your accident circumstances with you and determine your eligibility to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit. If you are eligible to proceed forward with a claim, our team could explain your legal options every step of the way, answer all of your questions, and help you pursue the maximum amount of monetary compensation available to you in your truck accident case.
Other Common Causes of Truck Crashes
In addition to negligent truck drivers, trucking accidents may also occur under the following circumstances:
- When repair facilities fail to perform their work in a safe and careful manner, causing the truck to malfunction while it is out on the road
- When truck part manufacturers or designers take shortcuts or fail to test their products before making them available for purchase, causing a truck to malfunction while it is out on the road
Types of Truck Accidents in Buford
When truck drivers and others behave in an unreasonable or negligent manner under the circumstances, several types of truck accidents may happen. Some of the most common examples of truck crashes in the Buford area include:
- Rear-end truck accidents, where the front of a truck hits the back of another vehicle, usually because the truck driver fails to watch the road attentively or is speeding
- Head-on truck accidents, where the front of a truck hits the front of a vehicle traveling in an opposing lane
- Sideswipe accidents, where the side of a truck hits the side of another vehicle that is traveling in the same direction
- Truck jackknife accidents, where a truck driver is speeding around a sharp curve or down a hill, causing the tractor and trailer to fold inward on one another and cause a multi-vehicle pile-up
- Truck rollover accidents, where a truck fully or partially overturns in the middle of the roadway
- T-bone or broadside accidents, where the front of a truck hits the side of another vehicle at a traffic intersection, usually because the truck driver fails to yield the right-of-way to the other vehicle at the appropriate time
If you recently suffered injuries in one of these types of truck accidents that resulted from another driver’s negligence, it is important that you have the legal help that you need right away. At Spaulding Injury Law, we could help you file a timely personal injury claim or lawsuit against the appropriate party to recover the monetary compensation you need for your accident-related losses.
Injuries that Truck Accident Victims Suffer
Victims of serious truck accidents in Buford routinely suffer debilitating injuries that require them to attend ongoing medical appointments, undergo complicated medical procedures (including surgeries), and endure significant amounts of pain, suffering, and inconvenience.
Since every truck accident scenario is different, not all accident victims will suffer the same types of injuries in an accident. The injuries that a truck accident victim suffers usually depend on whether the accident victim is a driver or passenger in the vehicle, the force of the collision, the type of truck accident that happens, and the way in which the accident victim’s body moves in their car when the crash occurs.
Some of the most common truck-accident injuries in Buford include:
- Traumatic head and brain injuries
- Rib fractures
- Internal organ damage
- Soft tissue whiplash injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord damage
- Full or partial paralysis
- Open lacerations
If you suffered one or more of these injuries in a recent truck accident, it is important that you undergo a thorough medical treatment regimen, increasing your chances of making a full recovery from your injuries. It is also important that you contact a skilled truck accident attorney right away.
At Spaulding Injury Law, we can handle the legal components of your personal injury claim while you recover from your injuries and obtain the medical treatment that you need.
Satisfying Your Legal Burden of Proof Following a Truck Crash
To recover monetary compensation in a truck accident claim or lawsuit, you must be able to satisfy your legal burden of proof. As the accident victim, you have the sole burden of proving liability and damages in your personal injury case.
First, you must show that another individual or entity, such as the truck driver, violated their legal duty of care to you. In most instances, this means that the at-fault truck driver violated one or more rules of the road under the circumstances. Next, you must be able to demonstrate that as a direct result of this violation, your truck accident occurred. Finally, you must be able to demonstrate that because of your truck accident, you suffered at least one physical injury.
If you can establish all of these legal elements, you should recover various types of monetary compensation. The compensation that you recover in your truck accident case will depend largely upon the severity of your injuries, the extent of your medical treatment, and the total cost of your medical treatment.
Potential monetary damages in Buford truck accident cases often include compensation for:
- All related past and anticipated medical costs
- Lost earnings
- Loss of earning capacity
- Mental distress
- Loss of use of a body part
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Long-term care costs
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
At Spaulding Injury Law, we will work hard to maximize the total monetary recovery you receive in your truck accident claim or lawsuit and will help you recover monetary damages that fully and fairly compensate you for all of your accident-related losses.
Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer in Buford Today
If you or someone you love recently suffered injuries in a truck accident, time is of the essence. This is because truck accident victims in Georgia only have two years from their accident date to file a lawsuit that seeks monetary recovery. If you file a lawsuit in your case belatedly, the courts will prevent you from pursuing or recovering any monetary damages for your accident-related losses. Therefore, it is essential that you take legal action right away.
At Spaulding Injury Law, we can promptly file a claim or lawsuit on your behalf right away, seeking the monetary damages that you deserve. We can also assist you throughout all settlement negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance company and, if necessary, litigate your case in the court system. If your case must go to a civil jury trial or binding arbitration proceeding, we could introduce evidence on your behalf and help you secure the monetary award that you need in your case.
For a free case evaluation or legal consultation with a skilled Buford truck accident attorney, please call us at (770) 821-1835 or contact us online.
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