It is a sad truth that there are so many deaths and injuries caused by large trucks on the road. It is our job to make sure our clients, or their families, are properly compensated for their loss after a devastating truck accident. When people are injured or die due to a truck accident, there can be a very large settlement for the injured party and their family. Semi-truck accidents result in nearly $20 billion a year in settlement payouts, and most of that is to injured victims who have suffered a lost quality of life. The FMCSA requires that all motor carries have commercial insurance. Large trucks that haul loads must carry between $750,000 and $5 million in bodily injury coverage to pay injured victims. This amount varies based on what is being hauled and whether it is hazardous material. How Truck Accident Injuries are Calculated If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, you are likely facing the following issues: High medical bills Pain and suffering Long recovery times Drastic life changes Loss of enjoyment of life Lost time from work and lost wages All of these things are recoverable from the at-fault truck driver and trucking company in some cases. Your truck accident lawyer should compile a list of all of these “damages” in order to make sure you get the true amount of compensation that you deserve. Rehabilitation Can Be Long and Painful Clients often as us: what is included in the calculated semi-truck accident damages? The truck accident attorneys at Georgia Auto Law work very hard from the beginning of your case to make sure we compile all possible damages to claim. We even include expenses such as: Parking and gasoline for getting to medical treatment Prescriptions Lost time from work Lost time from family activities Future expenses you will have from the injury Our attorneys include these special damages so that you can get your life back on track without having to worry about how you are going to make ends meet. Truck Accident Pain and Suffering Damages In addition to the medical expenses, being involved in a semi-truck accident also takes an emotional toll on you. Many truck accident victims suffer from emotional and psychological harm that can affect the person for a long time. For example, truck accident victims often suffer from the following emotional, mental, and psychological damages: Loss of sleep Nightmares Depression Anxiety Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) These effects of a truck accident can have an impact on the victim for a long time after the crash, and can be very difficult to cope with. Truck insurance companies always try to pay as little as possible to compensate truck accident victims for these “emotional” damages. But, the truck accident attorneys at Georgia Auto Law always include substantial evidence to show nonphysical injuries so that we can get as much compensation as possible. Our attorneys also include claims for punitive damages if the case calls for it. These damages are awarded when the at-fault party’s behavior was particularly bad such as road rage or drunk driving. In these cases, the amount of damages can be much higher. Truck Accident Injuries are Very Serious and Can Leave Permanent Damage Injuries suffered in an accident with a large truck can be wide-ranging. Because the severity of the crash can vary, injuries also vary from case to case. The types of truck accident injuries we see often from an accident with a truck are: Spinal and neck injuries Back injuries Broken bones Head injuries Traumatic brain injures Organ damage Soft tissue damage It is also possible to suffer burns due to a fire or explosion in the truck accident. Burns are especially harmful because they are incredibly painful and often require significant post-accident treatment. Burns can also cause death due to infection. These truck accident injuries take a physical toll, but they also require long hospital stays and extended periods of rehabilitation and physical therapy. Truck accident injury cost is very high and can lead to enormous medical debt. Combine this with the fact that the truck accident victim is likely missing work, then the financial burden is made even worse. Truck Accident Injury Compensation Because of the significant financial impact a truck accident can have, substantial truck accident injury compensation is needed to get you back on your feet. Georgia Auto Law stands by you to provide exactly that. We know how much your life can be changed by a truck accident, and our truck accident attorneys will help you get a settlement that will get your life back on track. Or, if a wrongful death is involved, help the family get the financial security they need. Truck Accident Statistics: Where and When Crashes Happen Most Collisions with trucks occur most often on certain types of roads. Over half of all 18-wheeler truck accidents occur on freeways, interstate highways, or in rural areas. This is because of the fast speeds involved on highways and potential for a head on collision on rural highways. Time of day also play a role in truck accidents. Most truck crashes occur between noon and 3:00 pm. The safest time to drive, according to statistics, is between midnight and 3:00 am due to the reduced number of cars and trucks on the roads. Additionally, weekdays account for the largest number of truck accident fatalities. Many people think weekends would have the highest number, but it is actually Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. According to the FMCSA, half of the accident deaths due to collisions with large trucks occurred on these days. Truck Crash Attorneys at Georgia Auto Law The truck accident attorneys at Georgia Auto law specialize solely in these types of accidents. We are experienced in investigating the true causes of truck accidents to secure maximum compensation. Our investigations include police reports, video footage, photography, witness accounts, accident reconstruction, and black box reports. Our vast experience in truck accident cases means that...Read More
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The Ugly Truth About Truck Accidents Road crashes and truck accidents are on the rise. More and more drivers are on the roads, and more and more trucking companies are out hauling loads. By 2030, road crashes are expected to be the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Stop and read that again. If we look back to statistics in 2017, 4,889 roadway fatalities were caused by a crash with a big rig truck or a bus. This was a 9-percent increase from 2016. Overall, there has been a 40 percent increase in the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks between 2009 and 2017. Looking at non-fatal crashes–there were 334,000 injury crashes involving big trucks in 2017. So, what does all of this data mean? It means that large trucks are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. Where Do Truck Cccidents Happen? The most common places where big rig truck crashes occur are rural areas and on Interstate highways. Approximately 57 percent of all fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred in rural areas, 27 percent occurred on Interstate highways, and 13 percent fell into both categories by occurring on rural Interstate highways. What Do We Mean by “Big Rig” Truck? What is a “big rig” truck? When we talk about “big rig” trucks, we are talking about 18-wheelers, coal trucks, buses, cement trucks, dump trucks, etc. But, the most prevalent among big rig trucks are tractor-trailers. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 72 percent of fatal truck accidents in 2017 involved tractor-trailers. There are around 15.5 million trucks on the road–2 million of which are tractor-trailers. So, the statistics point to the fact that tractor-trailers are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the roadway. Period. Main Causes of Big Rig Accidents Vehicular weight and long stopping distance are two of the key causes of truck accidents. However, there are many other factors that cause truck accidents. Knowing these factors can help us explain why these dangerous truck accidents happen so often. Weight and stopping distance of big trucks leading causes of truck crashes. The weight of the average motor vehicle is about 2.5 tons–thats about 5,000 pounds. Whereas, a tractor-trailer can weigh up to 40 tons–80,000 pounds! This means that it takes a much longer distance to stop a tractor-trailer than it does to stop a normal car. For example, if a car and a tractor-trailer were both traveling at 40 mph and begin braking at the same time, the tractor-trailer would come to a complete stop up to 200 feet further than the car. A normal passenger car needs about 300 feet to stop after braking, but a tractor-trailer needs about 530 feet! That is about the length of 1.5 football fields. The speed at which the vehicles are traveling is also very important. The faster the tractor-trailer is traveling, the longer it will take to come to a complete stop. This is why fatalities and injuries in truck accidents are so common. Another key cause of large truck accidents is speeding around curves. We see many clients who were involved in truck crashes because the truck driver was driving too fast around a curve and caused the crash. Truck Accident Statistics Show A High Percentage of Fatalities The FMCSA releases car crash statistics that also includes separate data for large trucks. The number of crashes involving large trucks has been increasing year over year since 2009. And the number of fatalities is also on the rise. While it is difficult to attribute a tractor-trailer accident to one single factor, the following factors are leading causes of tractor-trailer accidents: Mechanical failure Poor vehicle maintenance Following too closely Overcompensating while steering Driver fatigue (driver falling asleep at the wheel) Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol Our Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help At Georgia Auto Law, every member of our team specializes exclusively in auto and truck accident cases. We are the only law firm in Georgia handling only auto accident cases. This means that we do not focus our time, research, or resources on anything except winning you the most money on your car accident case. You are welcome to call one of our auto attorneys at any time, day or night, at (404) 662-4949. You can also complete our consultation form, and one of our truck accident specialists will reach out to you within minutes. With our No Fee Pledge™, you pay nothing. We are here for you.Read More
If you have been anywhere around recently, you have probably seen electric scooters seemingly stranded on sidewalks, bike racks, roads, fields, everywhere. The truth is, they are not stranded at all–they are waiting to be rented by anyone who needs a ride. These “dockless” scooters allow a rider to check-out a scooter, ride it to their destination, and then leave it for another rider to use later. When the scooters get low on battery, designated “chargers” come around and collect the scooters to take them home and charge them. Then, they re-release the scooters back into the wild for continued scooting. Whether it’s good or bad, the “scooter-share” phenomenon seems to be here to stay. Because of this, our lawyers have been getting a ton of questions about Georgia’s electric scooter laws. Given that the “scooter-craze” is such a new concept, it is normal for people to have questions about scooter laws. In this article, I will provide an overview of Georgia electric scooter laws so that you can not only scoot safely, but also scoot in compliance with Georgia scooter laws. Riding on Sidewalks When it comes to scooters laws, sidewalks are off limits. In Atlanta, scooters are not allowed to be ridden on sidewalks and crosswalks. However, a rider is permitted to dismount the scooter and walk on a sidewalk or through a crosswalk. When walking the scooter, you are considered a pedestrian and not a rider. Therefore, you can use the sidewalks and crosswalks when walking the scooter. After all, they are called “sidewalks” not “sidescoots”. Multiple riders on one scooter As fun as it may seem, grabbing a friend and sharing a scooter is also in violation of scooter laws. Under city ordinance, electric scooters shall not be operated by more than one person at a time. This scooter law certainly makes sense. If you have ever ridden one, you know how unstable the scooters can be. So, tell your friend to get their own scooter–it will be more fun anyway. Following the rules of the road When riding a scooter on the roadway, a rider is required to obey traffic laws. This includes stopping at stop signs, obeying traffic lights, and following all rules that apply to cars on the road. Additionally, scooter riders must follow the flow of traffic and yield to pedestrians. This is the same law that applies to cyclists. If you are operating an electric scooter on the roadway, follow the rules of the road or you might see the blue lights pulling you over. Texting while scooting It is also against scooter laws to use a cell phone while on an electric scooter. City of Atlanta ordinance states that “no individual shall physically hold a wireless telecommunications device, including cell phones” while operating an electric scooter (Ordinance 18-0-1322). This is one that is very important. As we all know, using a phone and driving (anything) can be very dangerous. Add in the fact that a scooter has a serious balance component to riding, then taking a hand off the handlebars to send a text can be a one way ticket straight to the pavement. Electric scooters follow local parking laws This is one of the biggest questions we get all the time. The idea of riding something and then leaving it behind forever and forgetting about it is a new concept. For example, until now we are accustomed to keeping track of our own belongings. This is not the case with electric scooters. There is something about abandoning a motorized vehicle that riders really like. In fact, this is one of the most attractive features of the electric scooter craze: you can ride straight to your destination and forget about the scooter. However, you are not allowed to drop the scooter at the entrance to the coffee shop you scooted to and walk right in. City ordinance does not allow a scooter user to park a scooter in any of the following places: On vegetation Over a grate or manhole cover In a loading zone, driveway, vehicle travel lane, bike lane, or shared use path Where they obstruct vehicle parking Where they obstruct pedestrian or wheelchair access to buildings In a bus stop Within 5 feet of a bikeshare location Where it may obstruct traffic or regulatory signs Where it may obstruct emergency service infrastructure (fire hydrants, etc.) (Ordinance 18-0-1322). Further, electric scooters are required to be parked upright at all times. So, kick out that kick-stand and make sure you leave the scooter standing. Always scoot safely The above scooter laws are in place to keep people safe and having fun. There is no doubt that the electric scooter launch has brought more transportation options for people. However, they have also introduced some safety concerns that need to be kept in mind. Be sure to always wear a helmet while riding and follow scooter laws to stay safe and secure while scooting! Our specialized accident attorneys can help you. At Georgia Auto Law, every member of our team specializes exclusively in Georgia auto and motorcycle accident cases. We are the only law firm in Georgia handling only auto accident cases. This means that we do not focus our time, research, or resources on anything except winning you the most money on your car accident case. You are welcome to call one of our auto attorneys at any time, day or night, at (404) 662-4949. You can also complete our consultation form, and one of our car accident specialists will reach out to you within minutes. With our No Fee Pledge™, you pay nothing. We are here for you.Read More