Shelly Hawkins, Truck Accident Lawyer
Large trucks -- also called semis, Mack trucks, 18-wheelers or tractor-trailers -- intimidate many drivers of smaller cars, and for good reason. Because large trucks are so much heavier and longer than a passenger car or truck, a collision with one – even at a low speed -- can cause extensive property damage, debilitating injuries and sometimes death. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation show that 83% of people who died in truck accidents in 2006 were occupants of another vehicle or non-drivers. Only 6% of deaths and 10% of injuries in multi-vehicle truck accident were sustained by the truck drivers themselves.
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Besides the obvious physical danger trucks pose on the road, the risk for truck accidents is often increased by truck drivers that may not always abide by safety regulations. Unfortunately, many trucking companies ignore the Georgia state laws that strictly regulate how often drivers may be on the road, putting profit above public safety. Some drivers may falsify their logs and keep driving without getting enough sleep; some may even turn to illegal stimulants to stay awake. And a few drivers may have never earned valid trucking licenses to begin with, meaning they pose a danger to themselves and everyone they share the roads with. When these poorly trained, under-regulated and criminally careless drivers and their companies make mistakes, the results can devastate a family physically, emotionally and financially.
Our Georgia trucking accident lawyers are familiar with the ways truck drivers cause trucking accidents, as well as the tactics their companies use to avoid awarding victims the full compensation they deserve. After a truck accident, trucking companies or their insurers may send a representative to speak to the victim or the victim’s family right away. These representatives are specifically paid to minimize the trucking company’s legal and financial responsibility for the accident. They may offer a small cash settlement to victims who agree to sign away their legal rights, though the victim may not be fully aware he or she is doing so. Our Georgia truck accident attorneys strongly advise our clients to politely decline these offers and contact our firm right away.
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It’s critical to speak with a Georgia truck accident lawyer who specializes in trucking cases before you speak with the trucking company’s insurance representative. You must remember that insurance companies are more interested in settling for as little as possible than in your best interests as the victim. Your Georgia personal injury lawyer, however, is focused solely on your suffering – and your settlement.
Our Georgia truck accident lawyers have an intimate knowledge of how insurance companies think. We promise to use that knowledge to help our clients navigate the insurance system, short-cut through red tape and get the best possible compensation for your injuries. In an Atlanta truck accident lawsuit, we can help you win compensation for past and future medical bills, lost past and future income, repairs, funeral costs or other financial losses caused by the accident; for victims’ physical and emotional pain and suffering; for the incalculable loss to a family facing life without a loved one; or for a permanent disability that will radically change the victim’s future.
If you or someone you care about was involved in a serious truck accident in Atlanta caused by a careless driver, you have the right to hold that driver and trucking company legally responsible. Call The Hawkins Law Group LLC today at 678-376-3900, or contact us via our online form. Ms. Hawkins will personally take your call. Although we have an experienced staff, we don't use receptionists to screen a potential client's call. Call today for a free legal consultation with Ms. Hawkins.