Atlanta Truck Accident Attorney
Atlanta truck accident lawyer Terrence R. Bethune has been working for victims of truck crashes since 1997. If you have been injured in a truck accident we can help protect your legal interests and fight for the compensation to which you are legally entitled.
Truck Accidents Are Increasingly Common in Georgia
With several large interstates running through Georgia, truck accidents are fairly common in our state. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the number of accidents involving tractor trailers increased by more than 16 percent from 2000 to 2006. Victims of truck accidents may face thousands of dollars in hospital bills, missed days from work, and, of course, a totaled car. Fortunately, Georgia law allows the victims of truck accidents to seek compensation for their bodily, financial, and emotional injuries.
Georgia Law Protects Victims of Truck Accidents
When a person is injured in a tractor trailer accident caused by someone else, he can file a lawsuit to recover compensation for his injuries. Most truck accident lawsuits allege negligence on the part of the defendant. To win a negligence lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove that:
- The defendant owed a duty to the plaintiff;
- The defendant breached this duty; and
- The plaintiff’s injuries were a caused by the defendant’s actions.
Truck drivers and trucking companies owe a duty of care to other users of the road to act reasonably. A truck driver who drives too fast for conditions or a trucking company that inadequately trains its employees may have breached of this duty. If those actions hurt someone else, these parties may be liable.
Litigating truck crash cases is often more challenging than cases involving car accidents. The trucking industry is regulated by complex laws and a special agency of the federal government called Federal Motor Carrier Administration, which promulgates its own regulations. For instance, there are limits to the amount of cargo a truck can carry to prevent accidents involving overloaded trucks, and truck drivers are limited in the number of hours they can drive each day to avoid accidents caused by fatigue. Determining what laws and regulations apply to a given case requires the knowledge of an experienced attorney.
Further, between the truck driver, the trucking company, and insurance companies, multiple parties may share liability. Determining who is to blame and naming the correct defendant in a truck lawsuit requires research and the knowledge gained from years of litigating truck accidents. Given the complexity of modern trucking operations, Atlanta truck accident lawyer Terrence R. Bethune and his team of highly skilled professionals know how to promptly and thoroughly investigate the cause of your accident, preserve all relevant evidence, and seek the intervention of the court in the event of any evidentiary spoliation issues related to critical case components such as a trucking log or shipping records.
Plaintiffs May Seek Damages
In truck accidents alleging negligence on the part of a defendant, plaintiffs are entitled to seek compensatory damages, which include hospital bills, wages lost from missed work, property damage, and even emotional distress. Punitive damages are available in some cases in Georgia, and accidents involving drugs or alcohol are not capped.
Remember that plaintiffs generally have two years to file a personal injury case in Georgia. If you have questions about when to file a case, ask a knowledgeable attorney as soon as practicable.
Rely on Experience
Atlanta truck accident attorney Terrence R. Bethune has helped countless satisfied Georgian clients cope with the aftermath of a truck accident and get the substantial cash awards they deserve. If you have been hurt in a tractor trailer accident, call (404) 875-7800 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.