Our Atlanta trucking accidents lawyers know that in any collision involving a tractor-trailer or 18-wheeler there is a significant risk that the force of the impact may cause significant injuries. When a person suffers significant or permanent injuries in an Atlanta trucking accident, it can mean enormous medical costs, substantial lost wages and future inability to continue one’s chosen occupation. These serious consequences make it imperative that a trucking accident victim be able to successfully make a claim for financial cost to cover medical expenses and replace lost income.
If you are involved in a trucking accident, it is essential that you summon law enforcement to the trucking accident scene. Trucking accident claims and litigation is complex, and critical evidence may disappear if a timely investigation and accident report is not filed following a tractor-trailer collision. If you have suffered any injuries, you should also accept an ambulance ride if emergency medical personnel recommend they transport you. Even if no ambulance is called to a trucking accident scene, you should seek medical treatment. The physician should conduct a thorough diagnostic exam and you should follow through completely on any recommended treatment. It is also a good idea to get pictures of any injuries, damage to the vehicles and vehicle position if possible. The sooner you call us- the sooner we can help with these and the other actions that should be taken to preserve evidence and protect your rights!
Although collisions involving commercial trucks can result in life-altering injuries and permanent loss of income from a family breadwinner, many truck crash victims do not take much care in selecting their trucking accident attorney. While technically any lawyer is permitted to represent a client in a trucking accident lawsuit, it does not mean that it is advisable to retain an attorney who is not experienced in handling trucking accident litigation. We recommend that the investigation and prosecution of personal injury claims that involve trucking accidents should be pursued by an experienced Atlanta trucking accident lawyer. The trucking industry is subject to an extensive matrix of federal and state regulations including regulations promulgated by the FMCA. The experienced Atlanta trucking accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates understand the unique challenges in successfully pursuing fair compensation for accident victims.
These regulations cover many trucking industry practices and procedures, including:
- Regulations governing hours of service rules which limit time behind the wheel and impose minimum rest periods.
- Requirements for maintenance and safety checks.
- Rules and restrictions regarding alcohol and drug use.
- Requirements that drivers have medical clearance to get behind the wheel.
- Policies regarding driver hiring, supervision and training.
Pursuing Atlanta truck accidents can require careful investigation of critical evidence including the driver’s logbook and personnel files, black box data recorder, repair and maintenance records, the collision report, witnesses, and the accident scene. Some cases also require retaining experienced accident reconstruction experts.
Contact the Atlanta trucking accidents lawyers at Montlick & Associates for a Free Consultation concerning your legal rights and options. Montlick and Associates has been dedicated to helping trucking accident victims in Atlanta and throughout all of Georgia get the compensation they deserve for almost three decades, so call us today at 1-800-LAW-NEED.