Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyers
The Atlanta Georgia truck accident lawyers at the Hooker Law Group, LLC are here to help you if you have been seriously injured in a truck accident. Unlike passenger vehicle accidents, truck accidents can be far more complicated personal injury cases because they may involve multiple parties, may involve more serious injuries because of the sheer size of vehicles involved, and may involve insurance policies with far higher policy limits.
If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident, the Hooker Law Group, LLC is here to help. Our Atlanta truck accident lawyers can review the details of your case, estimate the value of your claim, negotiate with truck companies and insurance adjusters to help you get the best possible settlement permitted under the law, and fight for your rights either inside or outside of court. If you or someone you love was injured in a truck accident, time is of the essence. You may only have a limited time to make a personal injury claim today. Contact the truck accident lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia at the Hooker Law Group, LLC to learn more about your rights.
Trucking Laws and Truck Accident Claims
Truck companies and drivers are required to adhere to strict regulations that go above and beyond the laws that passenger vehicle drivers must abide by. When these laws are violated, truck drivers and truck companies can put innocent drivers at risk. The trucking industry is an over $800 billion a year industry. Yet, every year, thousands of people die due to truck crashes, and many hundreds of thousands more are seriously injured in these accidents. If the same number of people who die or are injured in truck accidents were injured in airplane accidents, there would likely be a public outcry about the dangers of flying. Yet, because we’ve become immune to the news reports of truck and car accidents, we don’t see these accidents as being a very serious issue that must be addressed.
- What are some laws that govern the trucking industry and how might these laws affect your truck accident claim? If a driver or truck company violated the law and because of this violation an accident took place, you may have a stronger truck accident claim. What are some of these laws? Here are a few:
- Hours of service laws. Federal law regulates how many hours a truck driver can be on the road each day and how long a truck driver must rest before he or she is permitted to hit the road again. If a truck driver falsified record logs or failed to obey hours of service laws and then got into an accident, victims may have the right to fight back and seek compensation for their losses. Research indicates that driving while fatigued in some cases can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. If you or someone you love was injured because a driver violated hours of service laws, or if you want to know whether driver violated these laws, the truck accident lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia at the Hooker Law Group, LLC may be able to help you.
- Driver Medical Requirements. Drivers are required to pass certain strict medical requirements to be able to drive a truck. For example, a driver cannot be on certain types of medication, cannot have certain untreated medical conditions, and must be physically fit to drive a commercial vehicle. Truck companies may be responsible for ensuring that these medical requirements are up to date and may also be responsible for vetting their drivers. Sometimes drivers might have poor driving records and still get a job because a truck company failed to perform a thorough background check. If a truck company failed to vet its drivers or if a driver violated medical requirements, and you were injured in an accident due to the negligence of a truck driver, you may have the right to make a truck accident claim. The Hooker Law Group, LLC is a truck accident law firm in Atlanta, Georgia that may be able to help you.
- Weight Limits. Trucks must not be excessively loaded. When trucks are overloaded or improperly loaded, they can be more at risk of tipping over, or accident risk can be increased. Trucks that are overloaded may take longer to stop. If you were hurt in a truck accident, the truck accident lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia at the Hooker Law Group, LLC can review the details of your case, look at shipping and loading records, and determine whether an improperly loaded truck might be responsible for your injuries.
- Maintenance. Trucks must be regularly maintained. When truck companies cut corners, accidents can happen. If a truck’s breaks fail, this can result in a catastrophic accident. If a truck’s tires blow, this can result in the driver losing control of the vehicle. If a truck company failed to maintain its vehicles, and you were hurt in a truck accident due to a truck company’s failure to maintain its vehicles, you may have the right to fight back. The truck accident lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia at the Hooker Law Group, LLC are here to help you with your case.
These are just some of the laws that truck companies and drivers must follow. The Hooker Law Group, LLC is a truck accident law firm in Atlanta, Georgia that may be able to help you with your case if a truck company broke the law, or cut corners, resulting in your accident. Contact our truck accident attorneys in Atlanta, Georgia today to learn more.
Why Truck Accident Claims Are Different
Truck accident claims are different not just because of the additional laws that truck companies must follow, but because there might be multiple stakeholders involved in your claim. In a passenger vehicle accident, only the driver will generally be held responsible for the crash. In a truck accident claim, multiple stakeholders might be responsible for the crash. The driver, the insurance company, the shipping company, and even maintenance companies may each play a role. A truck accident lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia at the Hooker Law Group, LLC can help you identify these stakeholders and assist you with the next steps.
Call 404-707-1000 to speak with an Atlanta Georgia truck accident lawyer. We pride ourselves on compassionate and honest, yet firm legal representation.