Savannah Truck Accident Attorneys
Representing Clients Injured in Savannah Commercial Truck Accidents
It’s not difficult to imagine that when an 80,000-pound commercial vehicle crashes into a small 3,000-pound car, devastating results can occur—mostly to the car and its occupants. Not only can the truck completely smash the car, it can severely injure anyone inside the car. Passengers cars are no match for large tractor-trailers—and yet these vehicles drive alongside one another every single day, so all drivers must operate their respective vehicles in reasonably safe ways to avoid injuries or fatalities.
Unfortunately, we all know that drivers do not always make the right decisions. Other things can go wrong on the road as well that can cause a driver to lose control. Many factors can contribute to truck accidents, but one thing remains true—these crashes often change lives for the worse.
At Hasner Law, we have seen the damages that truck accidents have caused our clients, and we are committed to standing up for their rights. You should not have to deal with the long-term consequences of a crash that was not your fault. If an 18-wheeler accident injured you in the Savannah area, your first call should be to discuss your rights with the experienced truck accident lawyers at Hasner Law.
How Common Are Truck Accidents?
While you may not witness large truck accidents on a regular basis, they happen every day in Georgia and across the United States. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) collects and publishes statistics about commercial vehicle crashes each year to track safety and educate the public about injury risks. The following occurred in 2015 alone:
- An estimated 138,000 large truck and bus accident victims suffered injuries
- 4,337 persons died from from large truck and bus accident injuries
- Only 716 persons who died were in large trucks and buses, which means more than 83 percent of fatalities were pedestrians or in smaller vehicles
- Statistics indicate that about 378 people are injured in truck accidents every single day in the United States—and you could be one of those people when you least expect it.
While you never want to think about the possibility of such a dangerous event, in event of a Georgia truck accident, know that you can turn to Hasner Law for free today.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
Like any type of traffic accident, commercial truck accidents spring from many different causes. Some are the truck driver’s fault, some are the fault of other drivers, and some are simply beyond anyone’s control. If, however, you were in a passenger vehicle and were not to blame for the truck accident, protect your legal rights by identifying what did cause the crash.
When another party caused your truck accident, you are entitled to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and other losses—all of which can prove extensive. Causes of commercial truck accidents include:
- Fatigued driving
- Impaired driving
- Distracted driving
- Other types of aggressive driving
- Improperly inspected or maintained trucks
- Improper cargo loading
- Malfunctioning truck parts
- Unqualified drivers
- Traffic law violations
- FMCSA regulation violations
Sometimes, the cause of a truck accident will be obvious. For example, if an obviously intoxicated truck driver crashes and then stumbles out of the truck, the drunk driver likely bears responsibility for causing the accident. However, in most situations, both drivers will deny responsibility, and an investigation will need to reveal the true cause of the crash.
At Hasner Law, we know how to seek out the true cause of a truck accident by reviewing records, witness reports, accident reports, recorded data from the truck, and more. We can identify whether you have the right to compensation after your accident.
Truck Accident Cases Can Be Complicated
Determining the cause of your accident is only the beginning, because truck accident cases can involve many complex issues. You need a law firm with experience handling this type of case to fully protect your rights. The following are only some of the many complicated aspects of truck accident cases.
Liability issues. Many parties may face liability for your losses in a truck accident. Even if the truck driver is negligent, the trucking company that employs that driver may also face liability, because you can hold companies responsible for the negligence of their employees while they’re on the job. Companies may also negligently hire or inadequately supervise their drivers. Other parties, such as cargo-loading crews or mechanics, may also bear fault.
Insurance claims. Trucking companies and drivers are required to have extensive insurance coverage due to the devastating damage and injuries that can result from truck accidents. Often, truck accident victims must make claims with several different policies, all of which will likely try to avoid liability.
Multiple laws. In addition to traditional personal injury laws, the commercial trucking industry is governed by many other laws that can come into play. Truck accident cases can involve:
- Hours of service limitations
- FMCSA regulations for impaired driving and drug or alcohol testing
- Record-keeping requirements for trucking companies
- Requirements for commercial driver’s licenses
- Georgia state traffic laws
Our legal team understands all of the relevant laws and regulations and can apply them to your case accordingly.
Seek Help from a Savannah Truck Accident Attorney
Truck accident claims can involve large sums of money because of the extensive damages that can result from these types of crash. You want to make sure that your case is in the right hands so you can focus on your medical treatment and recovery as much as possible from your injuries. Hasner Law provides truck accident representation you can trust, so please contact us online or call (912) 234-2334 to schedule a free consultation today.