All you have to do is pass a tractor trailer on the interstate to understand why they can be so destructive. The sheer size of an 18 wheeler truck can cause serious damage in a collision to a smaller vehicle even at low speeds. It seems that every few weeks I read another article about a serious or fatal tractor trailer accident in Gwinnett County on Interstate 85 or Georgia Highway 316. Our office routinely receives calls from seriously injured victims looking to speak with a truck accident lawyer.
Tractor trailer accident cases are not like car accident cases because you are dealing with special laws and regulations applicable only to commercial vehicle. An attorney who handles many automobile accident cases might not also be well versed in the particular challenges that truck accidents present. R. Michael Coker is a truck accident lawyer that knows federal, state and local laws governing trucks.
A truck accident lawyer well-versed in truck accident cases will send the appropriate letters and request the appropriate documentation to show that the driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the collision, was properly trained by the trucking company, and was driving safely at the time of the crash. Even if you believe that you were at fault for the accident, the truck driver might have some responsibility for the collision by failing to properly follow all the local, state and federal requirements.
Rarely do insurance companies for trucks pay the full value of an injury case without an experience personal injury attorney on the case. The value of the case increases significantly once a truck accident lawyer is involved who has the skills and knowledge to obtain a large verdict against the trucking company in court. Our firm has handled trucking cases across Georgia, but many of our truck cases come from accident right here in Duluth, Lilburn, Norcross, Suwanee, Buford, Lawrenceville, and Snellville. Any time you are the victim of a big truck accident, you need to speak with a truck accident lawyer right away.