Trucks are much larger than most other vehicles in Valdosta. If a truck gets into an accident, the damages are often severe. Delivery trucks are no exception. In fact, delivery truck drivers can become careless due to strict deadlines or work pressure.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries because of a delivery truck driver, you have rights. You might deserve total compensation for what the accident has taken from you. Our Valdosta delivery truck accident lawyers can help.
At John Foy & Associates, we have been helping accident victims for over 20 years. We know how to build strong injury cases for the full amount you deserve. To learn more during a free consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online today.
Determining the Cause of Your Accident
Accident claims depend on the concept of negligence. Under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-1-2, negligence is a lack of care that regularly careful people would have in the same situation. Someone must have been negligent in your accident for you to have a case.
You will need to determine:
- Who was at fault for your accident
- How the at-fault person was negligent
- How the at-fault person’s negligence caused your accident
There are many ways a delivery truck accident might happen. Here are some of the most common causes we see.
Delivery truck drivers often have strict deadlines to meet. Employers may pressure drivers into pushing boundaries or working past the point of fatigue. Work stress and pressure can leave drivers under-rested and overworked.
Unfortunately, driving while tired is common for truck drivers. Truck drivers must stay within the hours-of-service regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). But even when they do, stress and overwhelm can lead to drowsiness on the road.
Fatigued driving is unsafe for many reasons. A tired driver cannot avoid mistakes and distractions like a well-rested driver. The chance of an accident is much higher.
Some delivery truck drivers travel long distances. Many hours on the road can lead to boredom. As a result, drivers might give in to dangerous distractions like:
- Talking on the phone
- Checking social media
- Streaming video
- Messing with the radio or streaming music
Anything that removes a driver’s attention from the road is unsafe.
Violating Traffic Laws
Delivery truck drivers should follow the same laws as other motorists. Drivers who do not follow the rules put everyone at risk. When a truck driver makes mistakes, the risk of severe injuries is high.
Examples of traffic violations include:
- Failure to yield
- Unsafe turns or lane changes
- Aggressive driving
- Running red lights or stop signs
Truck drivers often need more time to stop. They also need more room to make wide turns. If a driver doesn’t follow the rules of the road, they can easily cause an accident.
An accident can also happen if the delivery truck is incorrectly loaded. This could be the fault of the driver or another employee.
Poorly-loaded cargo can cause a driver to lose control of their truck. Contents might also fall into the roadway, causing multiple collisions with other vehicles. The hazards of poorly-loaded items are significant.
Truck Defects or Issues
Accidents can also happen if something goes wrong with the delivery truck. Manufacturing defects or maintenance issues might lead to an accident. If so, the at-fault party could be:
- A manufacturing company
- A maintenance company
- The truck driver’s employer
Our lawyers know how to investigate an accident for all possible causes. In some cases, more than one party might be responsible for a crash.
Truck accidents can cause severe or fatal injuries. After your collision, don’t wait to get the help you deserve. At John Foy & Associates, we can help investigate the details and seek compensation.
Get started with a free, no-risk consultation today. We do not charge a fee unless we win your case. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online today.
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Bringing a Wrongful Death Claim
Unfortunately, many truck accidents are incredibly serious. Victims can lose their lives due to their accident injuries. If you lost a loved one in this type of crash, you might deserve compensation.
Certain family members can bring a wrongful death case on behalf of a deceased loved one. Wrongful death claims can help you recover damages like:
- Medical costs from the loved one’s last treatments
- Lost wages the loved one would have earned if they’d lived
- Pain and suffering the loved one experienced before they died
- Funeral and burial costs
Of course, no money can make up for the loss of someone’s life. But we find our clients can recover costs and start the healing process through a wrongful death claim. To learn more about your options, contact our team for free today.
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Handling the Insurance Companies for You
Trucking companies often have large insurance policies to cover accidents. Sadly, insurance companies will do whatever possible not to pay you.
Even if you get a settlement offer, the first offer is usually a lowball. It won’t come close to covering all of your damages. This is important to know upfront so that the insurer can’t take advantage of your vulnerable situation.
Our lawyers know how to deal with insurance companies. We’re prepared for common insurer tactics like:
- Sending a lowball settlement offer
- Questioning the severity of your injuries
- Downplaying your damages
- Asking you for a recorded statement
- Trying to use something you’ve said against you
After the accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a lawyer first. Don’t take the insurance company’s calls or give them information before consulting with a lawyer. Otherwise, the insurer might try to use something against you.
Our Valdosta Delivery Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help Today
Our team can protect your rights from the beginning. We will communicate and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. We can also build a strong insurance claim and fight for what you truly deserve.
Learn more about our methods and your rights during a free consultation. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online today. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help you.