- Heavy loads that fall off of trailers onto passenger vehicles
- Tractor-trailer drivers who crash into passenger vehicles from behind due to faulty brakes or distracted drivers
- Head-on collisions due to driver fatigue
Regardless of how the accident unfolded, many innocent people are maimed and killed each year in trucking accidents through no fault of their own. They need help navigating the confusing and often frustrating claims process.
An Experienced Legal Team To Help Get You Compensation
At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates, our attorneys have handled these types of accidents for many injured parties located in Atlanta, Georgia, and surrounding areas.
Together, we have over 75 years of collective experience obtaining compensation for those injured in all types of tractor-trailer and semi-truck collisions. There is no type of tractor trailer accident we haven’t studied or handled ourselves, so please reach out to us if you need assistance.
Tractor-Trailer Accident Cases: One Mistake Our Attorneys Never Make
Sadly, many motor vehicle accident lawyers make the mistake of handling tractor-trailer accident cases like a car accident case. However, cases involving commercial vehicles are much more complex.
They often involve evaluating:
- Whether the trucking company followed safety protocols and met the minimum safety fitness standards in the industry;
- Whether the trucking company has a poor safety record or insurance claim history; and
- Whether the incident involved any of the seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (e.g. driver alcohol impairment).
At our firm, we take these cases very seriously. We understand the law and know how to conduct a thorough investigation into these types of accidents to dig deep into your case. We often utilize third-party trucking experts to help evaluate our cases, so we can convince insurers or jurors that our clients deserve the maximum compensation under the law.
Obtaining evidence from trucking companies is sometimes a little like getting water from a stone. These companies are very powerful, have large armies of lawyers at their disposal, and help write the rules and regulations in Washington, D.C. in a way that are very friendly to their interests.
After a crash, a trucking company might have an investigator on the scene within minutes. This person’s job is to begin collecting evidence of what happened, including finding evidence that will allow the trucking company to pin the collision on you! We encourage injured victims to hire an attorney as soon as possible, because the trucking company wants nothing more than to get your case out of the way for as little money as possible.
What You Should Do after a Trucking Accident
Here are some simple steps that will help you stay ahead of the trucking company and preserve your right to compensation:
- Get medical help for everyone who needs it. If you can get up and walk around, ask people if they need an ambulance. If you need one, then ask someone at the scene to call for you.
- Call the police. An officer should come out and draft a police report, which is a critical piece of evidence for your claim.
- Don’t get into a long chat with the truck driver or the investigator who shows up at the scene. Instead, wait for the cops to come. Always ask people who they are and tell them you will get in touch with them later.
- Never admit fault for the collision, even if you are trying to be polite. Don’t tell the trucker, “That’s okay,” even if you are trying to calm him after the accident. These statements could be used against you later.
- Document the scene, if you can. Again, some people are so badly injured all they can do is wait for an ambulance. But if you can walk around, take pictures of where the vehicles ended up and where the truck collided with you. Take pictures of anything else that seems relevant, like skid marks or obstructions.
- Get the names of any witnesses to the accident. The police officer who comes out should get them, but you want to be sure to identify them if they leave before the officer arrives.
With this information, you can often make a strong claim for compensation.
Don’t Delay — Contacting An Attorney As Soon As Possible Is Very Important
Reaching out to our lawyers as soon as possible after a tractor-trailer accident or truck injury is extremely important so our experts can evaluate the accident scene and preserve vital evidence.
We also handle cases for families who have lost loved ones in these types of accidents.