Atlanta Pickup Truck Accident Attorneys
Pickup trucks are larger motor vehicles. However, unlike a big-rig, they do not require a commercial driver's license. Pickup trucks have tremendous value from the point of view of utility and functionality. They can carry or even tow items. While a pickup truck does not usually cause the level of devastation a big-rig does, they are still vehicles with the potential to cause major injury or even fatal collisions. It is important that anyone who operates a pickup truck is aware of the unique hazards these types of vehicles pose.
The experienced Georgia truck accident lawyers at Grant Law Office have represented a number of clients who have been injured or killed in a small truck accident. We know how to effectively litigate these types of cases. Our accident attorneys are adept at investigating truck accident scenes to discover compelling evidence. We understand that you may be struggling to pay medical bills and cope with lost income. We are here to help you seek and obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Although pickup trucks are considered passenger vehicles, they are unique because they are often used to transport items or utilized as trucks to carry tools and other work-related items. There are certain types of accidents that are truly unique to pickup trucks:
- Flying debris accidents: Pickup trucks can be very useful and functional for those working in the construction or home renovation business. Pickup truck beds are spacious and can accommodate tools, equipment, ladders and even furniture. However, if these items are not secured properly, they can fly out of a truck bed and hit another vehicle, causing a serious injury accident.
- Runaway trailer accidents: Pickup trucks are appealing to those who wish to transport items particularly because of their capacity to tow. Pickup trucks are able to tow trailers, boats or even other vehicles. However, if the trailer is not hitched properly to the truck or if the driver operates the vehicle recklessly, the trailer can swerve or even detach from the pickup causing an accident.
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents: Because of the way pickups are designed, drivers may find it difficult to see smaller vehicles such as bicycles or even pedestrians, especially at locations such as street intersection. For this reason, pickup drivers should be extra cautious and stop longer at intersections to ensure that there are no oncoming vehicles or pedestrians crossing the roadway.
Some of the most common causes of pickup truck accidents include driver inattention, distracted or impaired driving, overconfidence on the part of the driver, speeding and reckless driving.
It is important to remember that while a four-door sedan generally weighs about 3,000 pounds, pickup trucks and other smaller trucks can weight two to three times as much. When these vehicles are involved in collisions, the force with which they strike and their weight can have devastating or even deadly outcomes. When a smaller car, for example, is struck by a pickup truck, the injuries sustained by the occupants of the smaller car are likely to be much more severe than those sustained by the occupants of the pickup truck. Some of the common injuries sustained in pickup truck accidents include:
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Burn injuries
- Soft tissue damage
Even a ligament or tendon injury could result in medical expenses and lost wages. The victim, for example, may have to undergo extended rehabilitation to regain the strength, mobility and flexibility that was lost as a result of the injury. Often, physical therapy and other rehabilitation costs are not covered by health insurance and the patient may have to pay them out of pocket. These types of damages can be recovered from the at-fault party in a pickup truck accident. If the driver of the pickup truck that struck and injured you was on the job at the time, in addition to holding driver liable, you could also file a claim against his or her employer.
If you have been injured in a pickup truck accident, it is important that you take the necessary steps to protect your rights. Make sure you file a police report and obtain a copy of the report. Take photos of the accident site and obtain contact information for all the parties involved as well as eyewitnesses. Maintain a log of all your expenses and losses that occurred as the result of your injuries. Please contact the experienced Atlanta pickup truck accident attorneys at Grant Law Office to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights. We will use our significant experience, skill and knowledge to ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your losses. Please contact us at (866) 249-5513 for a free and comprehensive consultation.
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