Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys in Georgia
Looking for tractor trailer accident attorneys in Georgia? You have come to the right place.
One of the most dangerous hazards on the roads today is a negligently operated tractor-trailer or semi-truck. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “Most deaths in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants. The main problem is the vulnerability of people traveling in smaller vehicles.” 30% more people died in large truck crashes in 2017 than in 2009. Tractor trailers can weigh up to 40 tons and have poor braking ability due to their size and weight.
Most tractor-trailer companies and drivers are governed by federal and/or state laws related to “motor carriers.” There are two kinds of motor carriers: (1) interstate carriers and (2) intrastate carriers. Interstate carriers transport goods or people across state lines and intrastate carriers operate entirely within one state. Extensive knowledge of the laws that regulate interstate and intrastate motor carriers is required in order to effectively pursue claims related to wrecks caused by tractor-trailers.
Claims involving trucking accidents are rarely as simple as determining who caused the wreck. Lawsuits against trucking companies may involve complicated issues like employer liability, negligent hiring and retention, negligent inspection, maintenance or repair, driver fatigue, direct actions against the insurance company, or violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
Trucking companies are often subject to federal regulations which require them to conduct pre-employment screening on their drivers. Trucking companies that comply with these regulations must make sure that (1) drivers are competent to drive the tractor-trailers, (2) drivers meet certain physical requirements, and (3) drivers have a reasonably safe driving record. Trucking companies are also required to comply with strict guidelines for alcohol and controlled substance testing.
Drivers must limit the amount of time they drive without going off duty. Other regulations require drivers to perform inspections of the tractor-trailer before it is driven to make sure it is in proper working order.
Georgia Tractor Trailer Injury Lawyers
Many tractor-trailer wrecks occur when a tractor-trailer is stopped on or near a roadway. Federal regulations require tractor-trailer drivers to place warning markers behind their vehicles in order to minimize the risk of someone running into the rear of the stopped tractor-trailer.
Other tractor-trailer accidents occur when a driver blocks the roadway and is not easily visible to an approaching passenger vehicle. When passenger cars hit the side of tractor-trailers, the result is usually death. In these cases, lawyers must pay careful attention to the lighting and weather conditions as well as the visibility and presence of reflectors and retro-reflective taping on the side of the trailer. Conspicuity issues also involve whether the tractor-trailer blended in to its surrounding like bridges or overpasses, making it more difficult for an approaching driver to see.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a negligent tractor-trailer driver, you need the help of an experienced tractor-trailer accident attorney like Joel Williams. Joel routinely works with tractor-trailer accident reconstruction and trucking experts to investigate and pursue cases involving tractor-trailer wrecks in Georgia. He has recovered millions of dollars in tractor-trailer accident cases for his clients. Call 833-LEGALGA today for your free consultation.