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Truck Accident Lawyers in Fayetteville, Georgia

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Commercial trucks are the backbone of the American economy, ensuring that communities small and large alike have access to raw materials and finished goods. This field is highly regulated, and drivers are expected to meet extremely high standards. For the most part, they do—drivers navigate the roads carefully. But when something goes wrong on a Fayetteville road, the results can be disastrous. Truck accidents cause an extraordinary amount of damage, and those in other vehicles generally suffer the worst outcomes.

It’s important to know your rights and stand up for them after a truck accident in Fayetteville. If you or someone you love has been injured, call The Stein Firm at 855-589-0433 to set up a consultation now.

TRUCKS ON GEORGIA HIGHWAYS

Fayetteville is in the heart of the Atlanta metropolitan area, so there’s no shortage of tractor-trailers on its roads. A number of major highways run through this city, including Georgia State Routes 54 and 85. Tractor-trailers rely on roads like these to serve the communities of Georgia. Truck accidents may arise from a variety of causes, including:

  • Distracted driving
  • Fatigued driving, a significant problem in the field of trucking
  • Impaired driving
  • Failing to respect the blind spots of a tractor-trailer
  • Driving too fast for weather conditions or traffic
  • Cutting off a truck
  • Following too closely
  • Ignoring stop signs and traffic lights

In most cases, either the passenger vehicle driver or the truck driver is to blame for a crash. However, it’s important to note that mechanical errors, overloading mistakes, and poorly performed repairs can also cause truck accidents.

COMMON TYPES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS

A tractor-trailer’s unusual shape and size puts it at risk for many types of accidents that you don’t see among passenger vehicles. Even when they are involved in the same type of crash—for example, a rear-end collision—the results are very different. Some of the most common types of truck accidents include:

  • Underride: These are among the most dangerous types of truck collisions, as they often cause severe and fatal injuries. Underride collisions happen when a smaller vehicle next to or behind a commercial truck gets stuck underneath the vehicle. This may happen when they run into the back of it or the truck shifts into their lane. The top of the vehicle is generally ripped off and fatalities are likely.

  • Tire blowout: Tire blowouts are a significant risk for tractor-trailers, thanks to the enormous strain that their tires are under every single day. Without proper maintenance, a tire blowout is likely. Even with regular inspections and checks, a tire can just blow unexpectedly. This can cause the truck to become unbalanced and come screeching to a halt.

  • Rollover: Rollovers are far more likely among tractor-trailers than other types of vehicles. This is because of a tractor-trailer’s very high center of gravity. The likelihood of a rollover is even greater when a truck’s cargo is unbalanced or overloaded.

  • Side-impact: Side-impact collisions can result in smaller vehicles being crushed or pushed into the median. Unfortunately, this type of accident is fairly likely because people don’t realize how large a truck’s blind spot is.

  • Rear-end: Rear-end collisions are often fairly minor when they involve passenger vehicles. When a tractor-trailer is involved, the damage is likely to be significant. Smaller vehicles may be crushed or shoved into the vehicle in front of them.

  • Jackknife: Jackknife collisions occur because of a tractor-trailer’s unusual structure. They generally occur after a sharp maneuver. The back of the vehicle swings out and away from the cab, causing the driver to lose control. The cab is pulled along until the trailer comes to a natural stop.

 

EVIDENCE IN TRUCK ACCIDENT CLAIMS

While truck accidents are far more likely to cause serious damage, they also have much more evidence than your typical car accident. This can make it easier to build your claim and prove that you are owed compensation. It’s important to work with an attorney with experience in truck accident cases, as they’ll be able to find and use the evidence most effectively. Common types of evidence in these claims include:

  • Trucking logs and ELD data: As noted earlier, trucking is a highly regulated field. Truck drivers must follow hours-of-service regulations, inspection regulations, and cargo loading requirements. If a driver is out of their hours of service, has not performed inspections as required, or has otherwise violated federal regulations, that could be helpful to you as you build your case.

  • Cargo analysis: Cargo must be carefully loaded to be safe for the road. When cargo is unbalanced or when it exceeds the limits of the truck, that can help determine liability.

  • Physical evidence: Debris on the road, skid marks, the resting places of both vehicles and damage to both vehicles are all crucial components of figuring out what went wrong and who’s to blame.

  • Hiring protocols and files: Trucking companies have an obligation to hire safe drivers and do their proper due diligence before hiring a new driver. If they ignore red flags or don’t even check a driver’s history or background, they could be to blame for any accidents caused by that driver.

 

WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE THE STEIN FIRM

At The Stein Firm, we understand the devastation that a truck accident can cause. A single crash can tear apart a family and leave them with tens of thousands of dollars in medical debt. Unfortunately, trucking companies and their insurance providers work hard to avoid liability for accidents just like yours.

We work vigorously to hold negligent drivers and companies accountable for their mistakes. Through an in-depth investigation, we’ll gather the evidence we need to build a strong case on your behalf and prove negligence. While you focus on your recovery, you can rest easy knowing that we are handling the legal side of your case.

REACH OUT TODAY TO BEGIN YOUR CLAIM

If you’ve been injured in a Fayetteville truck accident, don’t wait any longer to talk to The Stein Firm. We’re ready to help you explore your options and begin fighting for the compensation you deserve. Reach out online or call us at 855-589-0433 to take the first step.

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