The Dangers Of Trucking Accidents
Vehicle accidents involving semi trucks or 18-wheelers often result in the most serious injuries. Unfortunately, the difference in size and weight as well as a payload of up to 80,000 pounds means that even the sturdiest of cars will be decimated.
At the law firm of Cook & Connelly, we regularly handle truck accidents in Georgia and Tennessee and understand the serious nature of these accidents. If you or a family member is a victim in an accident, chances are that the medical recovery will take weeks or months, and there may even be permanent injuries or death. Our legal team can go through the entire process with you, including insurance claims, medical care and rehab therapy.
We Conduct Our Own Investigations
We use experts to investigate the circumstances behind the crash to determine if there was negligent driving or even a truck defect that caused the crash. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Department of Transportation hold trucking companies to strict safety standards so that their vehicles and drivers are as safe as possible on the road. These measures include:
- Hiring qualified drivers who are licensed and trained
- Conducting regular maintenance and safety checks
- Limiting the hours truckers can drive
Unfortunately, truck drivers do not always follow the rules. Our attorneys and truck crash experts can check their logbook to see how often they are buying fuel and other documented activities to get a better picture of what really happened. As with other personal injury accidents, we can get statements from witnesses to confirm the victims’ statements and reconstruct the circumstances of the crash.
Experience With Winning Truck Accident Cases
A crash is a financial liability for trucking companies and their insurers, so it is nearly always in the best interests of the trucking company to get a statement immediately and begin building their defense or offer a settlement. At Cook & Connelly, we also build a case, but with the stated goal of getting you the compensation you and your family deserve. Our extensive experience and valuable knowledge is a tremendous asset to protecting your rights and achieving a best possible outcome.