Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Litigation and Trial Lawyers
Dealing with truck accidents takes a very special kind of lawyer. It is a well known fact that truck accidents are not like automobile accidents. When you or a family member have been injured in an accident with a truck, also known as a tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler, semi-truck and big rig, it is absolutely imperative that you call an attorney who knows how to handle a trucking accident. Trucks are much larger and heavier than normal vehicles, and unfortunately, the injuries someone sustains in an accident involving a truck are much more serious than those sustained in a normal automobile accident. Insurance companies that provide insurance for truck drivers and trucking companies aggressively handle a claim as soon as they become aware of an accident. In many instances, the insurance companies have an attorney and experts on the scene of the accident before the vehicles involved are even moved. Worse yet, there are instances where an investigating officer will listen to the company provided expert when he/she is looking into the cause of the accident, and that expert could influence the officer’s findings. Unless you have a skilled lawyer representing you, it is not a level playing field between you and the insurance company.
The attorneys at Austin & Sparks have decades of experience handling accidents involving tractor-trailers, and a great deal of that experience comes from having represented truck drivers and trucking companies for many, many years. We know the ins and outs of the industry. We know the Federal Regulations governing the operation of trucks, as well as the operation of trucking companies. We know the special rules that apply to the trucking industry. We know how a trucking company defends a case, and we know what to look for. In fact, one of the first steps we usually take on a new trucking case is to send a letter to the trucking company and the trucking company’s driver, as well as their insurance carrier, demanding that certain evidence be preserved. This evidence can show if the driver was driving in excess of the hours allowed by law, if the truck was properly maintained, if the driver was speeding, if the driver applied the brakes, and even if the driver was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol at the time of the accident. Over time, a great deal of this evidence can be lost or destroyed, and it is therefore critical that you hire an attorney as soon as you have been injured in an accident with a truck.
At Austin & Sparks, we are in your corner when it comes to an accident involving a truck. We will fight to hold negligent truck drivers and trucking companies accountable for their actions when those actions caused you to be injured. Call us today.