Savannah Truck Accident Attorneys
Semi-trucks and tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and can be anywhere from 70 feet to 80 feet long. The massive size and weight difference between big trucks and cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs means drivers are at significant risk of suffering serious injuries when they’re involved in collisions with these huge vehicles.
If you or a loved one were hurt in an accident with a tractor-trailer, it’s important to get in touch with an experienced Savannah truck accident lawyer right away. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has strict requirements for truck drivers and trucking companies, and one or more of those requirements may have been violated before the crash occurred.
At Owens & Mulherin Injury Lawyers, we’ve assisted truck accident injury victims like you for nearly 20 years, and we’re ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. To find out how we can put our experience to work for you and your family, dial 1-800-396-5368 or fill out an online form. 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.
What Are Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents?
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 to 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 for your truck accident can make it hard to enjoy your life. It’s our goal to make sure that any impact 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 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.
We Know Georgia Truck Accident Laws—Call Us Today
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, 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. Contact us at 1-800-396-5368 or fill out a free initial consultation form today.