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Vigorous pursuit of damages to account for your injuries

Semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and can be anywhere from 70 to 80 feet long. That massive size and weight means drivers of passenger cars, pickup trucks and SUVs are at significant risk of suffering serious injuries in collisions with these huge vehicles. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, you need an experienced attorney with the resources to challenge a defendant with deep resources. At Owens & Mulherin Injury Lawyers, we’ve assisted truck accident injury victims like you for nearly 20 years. We understand insurance company tactics, so we won’t let them lowball you. We’re ready to fight all the way to a jury verdict if necessary to win the compensation you deserve. There’s no cost or obligation to get started, and our No Fee Guarantee® means you don’t pay us unless we get money for you.

Trends in large truck and bus crashes nationally

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is charged with regulating large commercial trucks throughout the United States. The FMCSA recently reported that large trucks and buses account for 12 percent of all traffic fatalities. In 2016, there were 4,564 lives lost in 4,079 crashes involving large trucks. This represented an increase of 5 percent for fatalities and 6 percent for fatal crashes. Georgia is one of the 10 states that collectively accounted for 51 percent of truck crashes and 50 percent of truck crash fatalities. Speed and truck driver distraction were leading factors in these crashes.

Common causes of semi-truck accidents in Georgia

Truck accidents can happen at any time and without warning. But during our time assisting injured victims, we’ve learned that many truck accidents have a few common causes, such as:

  • Driver fatigue — The FMCSA requires truck drivers to maintain strict rest schedules and maximum shift lengths. However, some drivers are pressured to exceed those requirements, which results in drowsiness and fatigue while they’re behind the wheel—a combination that’s a major factor in truck accidents.
  • Driver impairment — Safely driving a semi-truck requires concentration, focus and good decision-making skills. Truck drivers who are under the influence of alcohol, drugs and some medications experience difficulties driving their rigs, which can increase their chances of causing accidents.
  • Improper loading — For trucks to be safe to drive, they must be loaded evenly and not exceed maximum weight limits. Unfortunately, some trucking companies overload their trucks or load them quickly to increase their profits, putting drivers and others on the road at risk.
  • Irregular maintenance — Although many big trucks are designed to be driven for hundreds of thousands of miles each year, they still require frequent maintenance. Truck drivers, owners and companies are responsible for adhering to maintenance schedules to keep their trucks safe, but they may neglect this duty.

When you call us after your truck accident, we’ll immediately begin collecting evidence, including driver rest schedules, truck maintenance reports, accident reports and cargo documents, to find out if the accident may have been caused by negligence.

Types of compensation available for truck accident victims

If you were hurt in a truck accident, you may be facing a long road to recovery. Our Savannah truck accident lawyers are here to fight to get you maximum compensation for accident-related expenses, such as:

  • Medical bills — You may need weeks, months or years of intensive medical treatment and physical rehabilitation after the truck accident. We’ll make sure the insurance company understands how much the accident will cost you while you’re trying to recover.
  • Lost wages — If you were seriously injured, you may have suffered a temporary or permanent disability that prevents you from working and earning the paycheck your family depends on. We’ll calculate your current and future lost wages when we file a claim on your behalf.
  • Pain and suffering — Chronic pain, disability and psychological issues stemming from your truck accident can make it hard to enjoy your life. It’s our goal to make sure that any negative effect the accident had on your quality of life is represented in your settlement.

After the accident, you may receive a quick settlement offer from the insurance company. But before you sign away your rights, you should understand that you deserve enough to pay for your full accident-related expenses. While you rest and focus on getting better, we’ll negotiate to get the best deal for you and your loved ones.

Contact our Savannah law firm for your commercial truck accident claim

Truck accident claims can be complicated. In addition to federal and state laws concerning these types of accidents, you also must deal with statutes of limitations and big insurance companies and their legal teams. At Owens & Mulherin Injury Lawyers, we’re not afraid to stand up to big companies while pursuing fair settlements for our clients. Don’t wait to get the experienced legal representation you deserve. Call us at 912-212-2100 or contact us online.

Reviews From Our Clients
  • "I was pregnant and injured in an automobile accident. Mr. Owens, personally, came to the hospital. He told me he would handle everything, I just needed to get healthy for the baby and myself. Mr. Owens did everything he said he would. I highly recommend Owens and Mulherin. Everyone in their office is friendly and informative. You're not just another client with them, they genuinely care." - Lindsay Chadwick

  • "Highly recommend working with this group!! They are very friendly, understanding, caring people and very easy to talk to. They Gave us plenty of time to talk with them. Did not make us feel rushed and explained everything thoroughly. Made the experience the best possible and we had a positive outcome during a tragic time. Thank you to the attorneys and entire staff." - Cindy Shuman

  • "I found Mr. Owens to be very professional and extremely sympathetic towards my needs as a result of my injuries. His experience helped guide me through my case and we ultimately won in the end...settled out of court! Thanks for all your help!" - Diane Calahan

  • "Following an automobile accident I sought representation from Wil Owens. Throughout the process he and his staff were always very kind, informative, and diligent in protecting my rights and interests. I knew my case was minor comparatively speaking, however, they never minimized the importance of my situation or claim. I would highly recommend this local law firm!!Sincerely,Christi (Fry) Vinyard" - Christi Fry

  • "This was my first time having to get an attorney and my experience was great. They make sure you fully understand everything that's going on and make sure the case is settled in your favor. I highly recommend this attorney office if you need one." - Dee James

  • "Absolutely 100% the best law firm around. I was completely blown away by the staff with all their generosity and helpfulness every step of the way. Wilbur Owens is hands down the best attorney I have ever met. He was caring, professional, and helpful in all aspects of my case, from the very begining with all my treatments to the very end with my settlement. He was highly recommend to me and I have heard nothing but great things about him and his firm. They truly are the best around and if ths need were to arise again in the future I will gladly come to the law firm of Owens and Mulherin. Wonderful people and they gave me my life back as well as piece of mind, and for that I am and always will be truly thankful." - Courtney Graves

  • "I had a good experience with Mr. Owens and Ms. Teresa. They were very professional and was on point. It was a long process but it was worth the wait. I would recommend anyone to this lawfirm." - Ashley Robertson

  • "My thanks to Mr. Owens and his crew. After getting injured at work , and not knowing what to do I found them thru a local web search. Everyone in the office was great, Will walked me thru my case and explained how it would go. After everything I would highly recommend this law firm. I can't say enough of Mr. Owens and his staff . Thank you for your help!" - Mark Kalla

  • "I worked with Mr. Ownens and his team for my most recent accident involving 2 uninsured motorists, and I am extremely pleased with the way my case was worked, as well as the outcome. I cannot say anything negative about the law firm whatsoever, but I can tell you that being hit by uninsured vehicles is a nightmare." - Nic Schuman

  • "Loved working with me. Mulherin. Didn’t make me feel rushed or pinned against a wall. He gave me the beat and worse case scenario. Went to bat for me when the insurance company thought they could get away with being cheap. Brooke was amazing to work with to. Always answered calls or emails in a timely manner." - Natasha Campbell

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Mr. Owens devotes his practice exclusively to representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death claims. His primary focus is automobile/tractor-trailer accidents, dog bites, slip/trip and falls, medical malpractice, injuries from dangerous products, job injuries and nursing home abuse. Before joining forces with Mr. Mulherin to open Owens & Mulherin in 2001, Mr. Owens worked…

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Mr. Mulherin represents individuals in personal injury cases. His primary practice areas are automobile accidents, tractor-trailer collisions, medical malpractice claims and workplace injuries. Before forming Owens & Mulherin with Mr. Owens in 2001, Mr. Mulherin practiced at Bouhan, Williams & Levy, LLP, from 1984 - 2000, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury cases.…

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