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If you are involved in a trucking or tractor-trailer collision, it is important that you speak with an attorney who specializes in these types of accidents. The trucking and tractor-trailer personal injury attorneys at Nicholson Revell LLP have years of experience successfully litigating trucking and tractor-trailer collision cases. Contact us for a free consultation today if you have been injured in a truck accident in Augusta, Georgia.

Why Choose Us

  • We have the knowledge, personnel, and resources you need for a strong case. Our attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience.
  • Our lawyers have gone up against major corporations and their attorneys, and have won. We have recovered more than $140 million in compensation for our clients.
  • You can trust your attorney to look out for your best interests. We believe in providing high-quality legal representation and exceptional customer service.

How Can a Tractor-Trailer Collision Lawyer Help?

Insurance companies are in the business of protecting their assets and saving as much money as possible. Before you speak with an insurance representative, you should strongly consider having experienced legal counsel on your side as the insurance company is sure to have a team of lawyers working for them.

If you or a loved one is the victim in a trucking or tractor-trailer collision, you deserve a personal injury lawyer that is focused entirely on protecting you and your interests while obtaining the best possible settlement or trial verdict. An attorney can use professional legal knowledge to gather the necessary evidence for your case and go up against an insurance company on your behalf. This can improve your chances of receiving adequate compensation for your injuries and financial losses.

If a settlement is not possible for your truck accident claim, your lawyer can help you go to trial against a defendant instead. Either way, you can rest assured of the abilities of your attorney to successfully resolve your case, giving you the peace of mind to focus on your personal recovery.

Common Injuries in Tractor-Trailer Collisions

Tractor-trailers significantly differ in size and weight when compared to passenger vehicles, putting occupants of the smaller vehicle at extreme risk when involved in a trucking or tractor-trailer collision. The type of injuries victims often suffer include:

The injuries suffered in a truck accident can impact a victim for life. A victim with a catastrophic or permanent injury may suffer lifelong medical expenses, lost capacity to earn, and lost quality of life. In other cases, surviving family members may have to bring a claim on behalf of a deceased truck accident victim.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Georgia

Truck drivers are required by law to meet certain requirements to help ensure safety on the road, including the logging of how long and how often they are driving and resting, avoiding substances that may affect their performance, or distractions in the cab that would remove their focus on driving. When a tractor-trailer driver fails to follow these rules, the results can be catastrophic.

Common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Unreasonable schedules
  • Unbalanced loads
  • Overloaded trucks
  • Faulty equipment
  • Improper lighting
  • Lack of clearance under fixed objects
  • Poor truck maintenance
  • Lack of driver training/experience
  • Intoxication/substance abuse
  • Driving in unsafe weather conditions
  • Other negligent drivers on the road
  • Speeding

While you may see the word accident used widely in personal injury law, at Nicholson Revell LLP, we don’t agree with this word. We believe most truck accidents are not accidents at all, but preventable incidents that trace back to someone’s negligence.

In auto accident law, a person is negligent when his or her carelessness causes harm. Negligence in truck accidents can take many forms, from a truck driver breaking federal law to a company cutting corners to save money. A negligent person or party will be legally responsible, or liable, for the crash.

Who Is Liable for a Commercial Truck Accident?

Georgia is a fault-based car insurance state. This means that after any type of motor vehicle accident, the person or party at fault for the collision has to pay for injuries and losses through that driver’s insurance. In a no-fault insurance state, on the other hand, it is not necessary to identify the at-fault party; all injured parties seek reimbursement from their own insurance providers, regardless of fault.

If a negligent truck driver caused your accident, he or she could be liable as the owner/operator. If, however, the truck driver was employed by a trucking company, the company could be vicariously liable instead. A company is responsible for the mistakes of its on-duty employees. Using the rule of vicarious liability could allow you to gain access to greater insurance coverage from the truck company.

You may also be able to hold a truck company responsible if a mistake by the company caused or contributed to your accident. These mistakes can include dangerous cargo loading procedures, lack of proper driver training, and poor truck maintenance. Other parties might also be to blame for your accident, such as a third-party driver, cargo company, or the government for a road defect.

If you are not sure who caused your truck accident, a lawyer can help. A lawyer can return to the scene of the motor vehicle collision to collect evidence on your behalf. A lawyer also has connections to accident reconstruction specialists to get to the bottom of who or what caused the crash. Once the cause of your accident is determined, your lawyer can help you file a claim against the liable party.

What Makes Truck Accidents Different From Standard Car Accidents?

Getting into a truck accident is not like getting into a standard car accident. First, your injuries and losses are likely to be more severe. This can make it more important for you to hire a lawyer to represent your rights and best interests. Without help from a lawyer, an insurance company may take advantage of you and convince you to settle for less than your serious injuries are worth.

Second, the types of evidence available in a truck accident claim are different than in a typical motor vehicle collision. Evidence can include:

  • Electronic logging devices that record information such as how long the driver has been on the road and whether he or she took a rest break. There are also maintenance logs that track truck inspection and repair reports.
  • Many trucks also have black boxes – devices that automatically record and save information about the truck’s performance, such as whether the driver was speeding and if he or she slammed on the brakes.
  • Your lawyer may also be able to access truck driver employment records, including any history of previous accidents or substance abuse, as well as the driver’s cellphone records in the moments leading up to the crash.

In addition to severe injuries and new types of evidence, trucking companies and their insurers are larger adversaries than standard drivers. They have ample resources and legal teams to fight claims. They often send investigators to the scene immediately.

Finally, different laws and regulations apply to truck accidents. Your case may involve unique laws from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, such as hours-of-service regulations and cargo loading and securement rules. A lawyer can help you navigate the unique rules and factors that apply to your case.

What to Do After a Truck or Tractor-Trailer Accident in Augusta

If you get injured in a truck or tractor-trailer collision in Augusta, Georgia, there are actions you can take to immediately protect your rights. The actions you take in the hours and days following a truck accident can allow you to build a stronger claim against the at-fault party.

Do your best to carry out these instructions if you get into a truck accident:

  • Stay where you are. Do not leave the scene of a truck accident without calling the police or you could face a hit-and-run charge. Pull over to a safe place out of the road, if you can.
  • Check for injuries. Check yourself and others for injuries. If anyone is injured, you have a duty to render aid. This means calling an ambulance or driving the victim to a hospital.
  • Call 911. Use your cellphone to call 911 immediately from the scene of the truck accident. Most truck accidents cause enough damage to require immediate reporting to law enforcement in Georgia.
  • Exchange information with the truck driver. Get the truck driver’s full name, address, phone number, truck number, and insurance information before you leave the scene of the accident. Give the truck driver your information as well.
  • Do not admit fault. Never admit fault for any type of auto accident when talking to the other driver. This could hurt your chances of recovering compensation through the other driver’s insurance provider.
  • Speak to the police. When a law enforcement officer arrives, tell your side of the story for the record. Stick to the facts of the crash as you recall them and do not acknowledge any fault.
  • Take photographs. If you can, take photographs while still at the scene of the truck accident. Photographs can serve as important evidence for your case later. If you are too injured to take photos, have a friend or family member take them for you.
  • Go to the hospital. Don’t let anything get in the way of seeking immediate medical care. You most likely need urgent care for your truck accident injuries. Even if you don’t think you are injured, see a doctor just in case. You may have a hidden or delayed injury.
  • File an insurance claim. Call your own insurance company to notify it of the crash. Then, contact the truck driver’s insurance company to begin your claim.
  • Consult with an attorney. Before you continue with the insurance claims process, contact a lawyer for assistance. A lawyer can explain your legal rights and options before you say yes to a settlement.

Don’t worry if you can’t complete all of these steps after a truck accident. A lawyer in Augusta can guide you through the claims process, helping you with each phase while you focus on healing from your injuries. If you suffer catastrophic injuries in a truck accident and are unable to do anything except go to the hospital in the aftermath of a crash, your lawyer can help you build a claim from there.

Contact Our Augusta, Georgia Tractor-Trailer Collision Attorney Today

At Nicholson Revell LLP, we believe in holding wrongdoers accountable for their actions. If you were injured as a result of negligence, we can help you bring a personal injury claim against the truck driver or truck company. We know how to demand fair compensation for all types of serious accident injuries.

Truck and tractor-trailer accident cases can be far more complicated than automobile accident cases. If you or a loved one is hurt or killed in a truck accident, contact the legal team at Nicholson Revell LLP for a free consultation.