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Trucking Accident Lawyers in Atlanta
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Semi-truck and tractor-trailer collisions often involve multiple vehicles, serious injuries, and significant damage. At the very least, they can cause horrific physical, mental, and emotional trauma. At their worst, they can cause tragic fatalities.
When a trucking accident is caused by a negligent truck driver, you deserve compensation for your injuries and suffering. At Holston & Huntley, our trucking accident attorneys in Atlanta can guide you through the legal process so you can focus on your recovery.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
- Driver’s sleepiness and fatigue due to the stress of driving long distances
- Distractions from texts or phone calls
- Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol
- Poorly maintained truck bed
- Lack of training
- Speeding past other cars
What You Should Do After a Truck Accident
- Stop and report the crash, walking off to the side and putting on hazard lights to prevent additional accidents
- Call 911 immediately for medical aid, along with the police or highway state patrol
- Fill out an accident report and keep a copy of evidence
- Seek medical treatment for yourself and any other people who were in your car, even if there is no immediate or obvious pain
- Identify other parties involved and get their information, including names, emails, license number, and insurance number
- Look for evidence of the collision on the truck and other vehicles, and get as many photos as possible
Bringing a Negligence Claim Against a Truck Driver or Trucking Company
Negligence is the most common cause of trucking accidents in Atlanta, Georgia. If a driver was negligent, they can be held responsible for foreseeable harm caused to others as a result of their carelessness. Truck accident cases often include multiple claims against several defendants.
These cases typically involve state and federal laws regulating the trucking industry and its drivers. For example, a trucker may be held responsible for their own negligence, such as falling asleep behind the wheel. The trucker’s employer might also be liable if the driver’s careless actions happened in the scope of their employment, and the employer did nothing to safeguard against the driver’s negligence or get them the rest they needed to stay alert. Additionally, the trucking company may be sued for the negligent hiring, supervision, and training of its employee.
Succeeding in a Trucking Accident Claim in Atlanta
To succeed in a negligence claim, you must prove that the defendant owed a duty of care and breached this duty of care. Additionally, you must prove that the defendant’s actions caused your injury. Lastly, you must show that you suffered damages. The standard of care that a defendant must abide by is that of a reasonably prudent person.
The element of causation requires you to show that, but for the defendant’s actions, the accident would not have occurred. It also requires you to show that the harm was reasonably foreseeable. Damages typically include past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and out-of-pocket costs.
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