Big rigs, 18-wheelers, and semi-trucks are some of the largest vehicles in Valdosta. If a driver is careless and causes an accident, the consequences are severe. As the victim of this type of accident, you deserve compensation and justice.
Our Valdosta big rig accident lawyers know what to do. We have been helping accident victims recover compensation for over 20 years. At John Foy & Associates, we can help you build a strong claim for what you deserve.
Truck accident claims are more complicated than other cases. Let us help you get started with a free, no-risk consultation. We don’t collect a fee unless we win you money. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online today.
The Dangers of Big Rig Accidents
Loaded semi-trucks in the U.S. can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. In comparison, the average passenger car weighs about 4,000 pounds. Big rigs are enormous vehicles that can cause catastrophic damage during a collision.
Even if an accident happens at low speeds, a big rig crash can be life-threatening to everyone on the road. Besides the size, large trucks need more time to stop. They’re also much harder to maneuver.
Truck drivers are often under strict deadlines, too. Trucking companies want to move products quickly to increase profit and demand. Although federal regulations should protect drivers from overworking, truckers and companies might cut corners. This can lead to behaviors like:
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Unsafe lane changes
Drivers might skip necessary breaks for sleep and rest. This puts truckers out on the roads while highly fatigued. Many drivers also work around the clock, including in the middle of the night.
Big rigs also need regular checks and maintenance. If someone drops the ball in these areas, it can lead to accidents. The combination of all factors makes large trucks hazardous at any time. Drivers and everyone else involved in truck functions must be cautious.
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Regulations for Big Rigs in Georgia
Commercial vehicles must meet many requirements before they’re safe to drive. That includes federal laws and rules from the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS). The laws regulate details like:
- Heights and weights of trucks and their loads
- Permit requirements to transport hazardous materials
- Commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) for truck drivers
- Limited hours of service for drivers
- Drug tests and other exams drivers must complete
- Logging of work and travel hours
- Appropriate times of travel
- Insurance policy minimums for big rigs
When someone violates the rules, they put everyone at risk. If you or a loved one were hurt in an accident with a commercial truck, you have rights. You might have a legal case against the responsible party.
You’ll want to act quickly after your collision. The trucking company and their insurance company will spring into action immediately. They will look for ways to reduce any liability for what happened.
At John Foy & Associates, we can protect your rights. We know how to handle large companies — and what it takes to hold them responsible. To discuss your accident and your options today, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Determining Who Is at Fault for the Accident
If someone else was responsible for your accident, you have a right to seek compensation. But first, you will need to identify the at-fault party. When a big rig accident happens, determining fault can be complicated.
In a typical car accident, one driver is usually at fault. However, a large truck accident can involve multiple parties.
The liable parties in a big rig collision can be:
- Truck drivers
- Trucking companies
- Truck part manufacturing companies
- Maintenance companies
- Cargo loading companies
- Third-party drivers in the accident
Each case is different. It’s best to work with a lawyer who can help you determine fault in your accident. Our team can investigate your crash and identify liability. From there, we’ll know how to build your case and who to hold responsible.
With truck accidents, multiple parties might be liable. This could mean more than one claim or lawsuit at once.
How Our Lawyers Build Your Case
When you contact us, we’ll start gathering information immediately. First, we’ll examine any evidence you bring to the consultation. If you have a valid case, we can begin investigating.
Our process varies per client, but typical steps include:
- Documenting the accident scene
- Reviewing accident reports
- Interviewing witnesses
- Studying driver logs and work schedules
- Gathering medical records and other documentation
- Calculating all of your damages
We’ll cover your case from start to finish. Most of the time, it begins with an insurance claim. We’ll outline your damages and send the details in a demand package.
Unfortunately, insurance companies often fight against claims. The insurer will look for ways to avoid liability and not have to pay you. But our lawyers know how to communicate and negotiate with insurers. We will do everything possible to fight for a fair settlement offer.
If you cannot settle your claim, a lawsuit might be the next step. We’ll discuss the options with you and determine your best course of action. If you decide to sue, we’ll be there each step of the way. We handle the legal details while you focus on healing.
Talk to Our Valdosta Big Rig Accident Lawyers for Free
Big rig accidents are severe. You might wonder where to turn first if you or a loved one were victims. At John Foy & Associates, we make it easy by handling your case for you — and at no risk.
Our lawyers only work on a contingency fee, which means:
- You pay nothing upfront — the consultation is free.
- We only get paid if we win you a settlement or court award.
- Our fee is taken as a percentage of what you win — not out-of-pocket.
A win for you is a win for us. And for us, each case is personal. To go over the details now, contact us for a risk-free case review.
Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get your free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.