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Trucks and commercial vehicles may be one of the most prevalent means to distribute goods, but they also come with a lot of risk. It is reported that as much as 70% of all freight moved in the United States is done by trucks. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a division of the United States Department of Transportation, the number of truck-related accidents that occur each year is in the hundreds of thousands. With over 700 accidents every day in America alone- it’s no wonder that trucks generate so many headlines for being unsafe! If you are the victim of a truck or commercial vehicle wreck you, need experienced legal help to seek justice and explore how you can be fairly compensated.
Trucking accident cases are unique because of the complex web of Federal Regulations governing driver hours and vehicle repair and inspection routines. Additionally tractor trailers have complex computer systems tracking throttle and braking systems. All of these need to be downloaded after a crash.
Large trucking companies, whether it be Scheider, Werner, Knight Transportation or UPS have lawyers on 24 call to respond to the scene of a bad accident and to save favorable evidence.
Our Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyers are trained by insurance companies to defend trucking companies early in their careers, so they know how this whole system works. The sooner you hire us, the sooner we can start visiting the scene and interviewing witnesses to preserve the evidence tha makes the difference. If we take your case, we’ll immediately start investigating the accident, collecting pertinent evidence such as police reports and medical documents, interviewing any witnesses, and filing the proper paperwork.
Let us give you an example; in 2016 a young man called in from Detroit. He had been in a terrible crash as a passenger in a tractor trailer that crashed in the mountains near Chattanooga. The trucking company denied responsibility and tried to say that the driver only crashed because of the design of the roadway. Our client had over $400,000 in medical bills from several surgeries and the insurance company would not even offer the medical bill totals. We downloaded the ECM on the tractor trailer and immediately filed suit.
We pulled all of the electronic tracking records including the satellite pings from the Qualcomm unit on the truck and were able to develop evidence that showed that not only was the driver speeding downhill through the mountains but that the safety director got tired of getting automated email warnings about this driver speeding so HE TURNED THEM OFF! This inflammatory evidence completely turned the case around and they ultimately paid over $2,000,000 at a mediation.
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