If you or a loved one suffered injuries in an accident involving a large truck, a Gainesville truck accident lawyer with Kaine Law could help you recover your losses. Our attorneys can help you seek costs associated with your medical care, pain and suffering, and more.
If Your Gainesville Truck Accident Was Not Your Fault, You Deserve Compensation
When truck accidents happen, those in smaller vehicles are at a much greater risk for injuries and death. This is because trucks are larger and heavier than passenger vehicles. Trucks also require a longer stopping distance and sit higher. The height difference between them and passenger vehicles can lead to underride accidents.
You or a loved one might have suffered a truck accident injury due to negligence. Our team can help you seek financial awards for:
- Emergency transportation
- Emergency department care
- Hospital stays
- Physical and cognitive therapies
- Medical procedures
- Medications, mobility aids, and medical devices
- Vehicle damages
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Chronic pain
- Depression, anxiety, and mental anguish
- The wrongful death of a loved one
Our personal injury firm (and The Gainesville Times) knows truck accidents take the lives of far too many Georgians every year. We can help your family fight for justice if your loved one passed in a truck accident.
For a free legal consultation with a truck accident lawyer serving Gainesville, call 404-214-2001
Our Lawyers Will Help You Seek Truck Accident Awards from All Liable Parties
What can make truck accident cases complex is that you may have multiple claims against multiple parties. Our truck accident attorneys will:
- Look into your crash
- Determine the cause
- Help you seek compensation from all those responsible.
Liability could rest with one or more of the following:
The Truck Driver Might Have Made Decisions While on the Road That Harmed You
Truck drivers, like all motorists, owe a duty of care to others on the road. They must also follow special rules and regulations specific to driving a large, commercial vehicle. These pertain to vehicle weight limits and drive-time limits, including others.
The truck driver involved in your crash may be liable if they were engaged in negligent driving behaviors. These could include
- Driving while intoxicated
- Running a red light
The Trucking Company Might Have Made a Decision Based in Negligence
Trucking companies must make sure their drivers have the proper qualifications, licenses, and training. They must screen employees for drug use and administer random drug tests.
Employers must also conduct drug and alcohol testing on drivers after an accident involving serious or fatal injuries, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). A trucking company may also be negligent if they encourage drivers to violate regulations to make faster deliveries or carry more cargo.
The Loader/ Owner of the Cargo Might Have Lied About Weight/ Packaging/ Loading
As mentioned, large trucks must adhere to size and weight limits established by the Federal Highway Administration. Cargo must also be properly loaded to avoid shifting or falling, which could lead to accidents.
If a problem with the cargo resulted in your crash, the entity in charge of packing the truck or the owner of the shipment could be liable.
The Owner of the Truck Could Have Failed to Maintain the Truck
Not all drivers and/or trucking companies own the trucks and trailers they use. If your accident was due to a problem with the truck involved, we could help you hold the truck owner responsible. This might include lack of maintenance or safety features.
The Maker of the Truck or its Parts Might Have Sold Faulty or Defective Parts
The manufacturer of the truck with the defective part might be liable for your damages if your accident was the result of:
- A blown tire
- Faulty brakes
- Engine failure
- Steering problems
The same is true if problems with your vehicle or its parts caused your crash.
The Owner of the Roadway Might Have Failed to Maintain a Safe Environment
Sometimes, issues with the road where your accident occurred could be to blame for your injuries. Examples include:
- Poor road design
- Lack of lights and signs
- Failure to properly maintain the road or remove snow and ice
Our truck accident lawyers can help you seek compensation from the entity in charge of the Gainesville roadway where you suffered harm. This entity might be a government or private owner.
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You do Not Have to Become Bogged Down by Insurance Claims
Filing multiple claims, tracking deadlines, dealing with paperwork, and talking to various insurance companies can seem daunting. This is especially so if you are recovering from an injury or mourning the loss of a loved one.
Let Kaine Law take care of your claims so that you can turn your attention toward your health and your family. Our truck accident lawyers will:
- Represent you from the filing of your initial claims through seeking compensation at trial, if necessary
- Prove another party is liable for your losses using evidence, such as crash site data, expert opinions, and eyewitness statements
- Listen patiently, answer your questions, keep you updated, and provide you with personalized legal aid
- Fight for you and your best interests during negotiations
- Review your offers, reject low settlements, and work to achieve the maximum amount of compensation possible for you
- Send a demand letter to the trucking company
If your personal injury team cannot get the results you need with an insurance claim, we can take your case to civil court. According to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, you have two years to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Make sure you do not allow the statute of limitations to expire. Doing so may bar you from seeking compensation.
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Georgia Has a High Rate of Large Truck Accidents
Georgia experiences heavy freight traffic due to its ports, and several major roadways run through Gainesville, including Interstate 985 and U.S. Route 129. Shipping is beneficial for the state’s economy. But, the presence of large trucks on the road can create a hazard for drivers.
According to 2018 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 9 percent of fatal vehicle crashes in Georgia involved large trucks. This accounts for 4 percent of the country’s total fatal truck accidents. Only three other states contribute a higher percentage to the nationwide total of fatal truck crashes.
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Contact Kaine Law Today So Our Legal Staff Can Get Started on Your Gainesville Case
Attorney Evan Kaine and his team have served accident victims in Georgia for decades. If you suffered injuries in a truck accident in Gainesville, our lawyers are here to help you get back on your feet.
To learn more about how we can assist with your case, call Kaine Law at (404) 214-2001 for a free case evaluation.