Businesses never stop selling goods, so there will always be a large number of large trucks on the roads to transport goods. These trucks are large and difficult to drive safely. Although truck drivers are legally required to have a special driver’s license to drive trucks, accidents still happen, and they happen frequently.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving a large truck while traveling in Georgia, you need to contact an experienced and professional Loganville truck accident attorney from John Foy & Associates, “The Strong Arm,” who will treat you with respect.
Various Types of Loganville Truck Accidents
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 3,598 fatal accidents involving large trucks in the last year that the statistic was measured; 162 of these deaths were in Georgia alone. In the same year, there were more than 83,000 accidents involving large trucks in which someone was injured.
The FMCSA identified several causes of large truck accidents. These causes include truck drivers driving while distracted or impaired, the trucks being poorly maintained, the drivers speeding, or other reckless behavior that creates risks for everyone on the road. Sometimes trucks are also involved in accidents due to defective equipment, such as faulty brakes or tires.
Some common types of truck accidents are:
- Head-on accidents: These commonly occur on city streets or rural two-lane roads and can be deadly for passenger car occupants.
- Jackknife accidents: Bad weather, dangerous road conditions, and congested traffic demanding sudden stops can force a driver to slam on the brakes, causing the trailer to slide away from the much lighter cab.
- No-zone accidents: The “no-zones” are the large blind spots in front of, behind, and on the sides of a truck. Passenger cars in these spots cannot be seen and are at risk of being hit.
- Rollover accidents: If cargo is not loaded correctly and balanced, it can shift during transport and cause the truck to roll over onto other vehicles.
- Side impact accidents: These can be caused by a truck driver not paying sufficient attention while passing through an intersection, resulting in “T-bone” accidents.
- Underride accidents: If trucking companies do not install special guards on the backs of their trucks, the heavy trucks might not be able to stop in time to avoid accidents if they are following closely behind another car.
These types of accidents can sometimes lead to complex lawsuits. Trucking companies are large and have a lot of resources to hire large teams of attorneys. Those attorneys’ goal is to limit the amount of your recovery. Fighting these companies is difficult and complicated and requires the help of a skilled and experienced truck accident attorney in Loganville.
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Compensation Available for a Truck Accident Claim
Injuries in collisions with large trucks can be catastrophic. These injuries can be very serious and cause permanent disability or even death. Awards for victims of truck accidents can be hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars.
However, every case is unique, and the award depends on the extent of the injuries and the merits of the victim’s case. Your attorney will assist you in putting together a list of all of your injuries. These injuries might be economic damages, which are damages that have a set and ascertainable cost, or non-economic damages, which are more subjective.
The compensation that usually sought in a truck accident covers damages such as:
- Loss of income
- Loss of inheritance potential for your family if you die
- Hospital bills such as for surgery, ICU, or ER
- Travel for medical care
- Home nursing care
- Rehabilitation costs and physical therapy
- Prescription medications
- Medical devices
- Repair or replacement costs for your car
- Coverage for household services (cleaning, cooking, home maintenance) if you are disabled or die
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
It is also possible to obtain punitive damages (extra money meant to punish the defendant and deter future similar conduct) when gross negligence, like drunk driving, is involved.
How a Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
Your truck accident lawyer in Loganville will negotiate with insurance companies for the trucking company or anyone else who is responsible for your injuries to get a fair settlement for your losses. Sometimes settlement negotiations break down, and you will have to sue them instead. Suing the company can have several advantages.
Juries are typically sympathetic to regular people who go up against big companies. In fact, recently a Gwinnett County, Georgia jury awarded the family of two people who died in a truck accident a $1.7 billion verdict against Ford Motor Company.
Big businesses can try to bully you. They might use legal tricks to avoid paying you the money you deserve. Your truck accident lawyer will know all the tricks of the trade and will stop them from taking advantage of you. You need a capable and professional truck accident lawyer to help you in your fight.
Contact Loganville Truck Accident Attorney John Foy
If you or a loved one were the victim of a truck accident, the thought of going up against large truck and insurance companies might be overwhelming and intimidating. You need help getting the justice that you deserve.
“The Strong Arm” John Foy has won several large verdicts and settlements for his clients. Being closely involved with the Georgia community, he cares deeply about Georgians and will help them in their time of need. John Foy also works on contingency, which means that you will not pay anything unless your case is successful.
John Foy will be there for you in your time of need. He is a professional, compassionate, and highly experienced lawyer who is here for you and your family, and will fight hard to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve. When you need a Loganville truck accident lawyer, contact John Foy & Associates for a free consultation.