Atlanta Truck Accident Wrongful Death Lawyers
Who is Responsible for a Fatal Truck Collision in Georgia?
If you have lost a loved one in a crash due to the negligence of the driver or the trucking company, you may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death claim. At Grant Law Office, our dependable Atlanta wrongful death attorneys have the resources and knowledge to establish liability in court, whether through material evidence or expert testimony. We will do whatever we can to help you get what you need to recover from your significant losses and move on. For a free case review, call us toll-free at (404) 995-3955.
Every year, Georgia truck collisions take many lives, leaving loved ones with emotional pain and anguish, financial problems and mental stress. Relative to regular motor vehicles, semis are massive in both weight and size, characteristics which make them especially dangerous. Truckers should exercise very careful handling when on the road, and trucking companies should strictly adhere to federal safety regulations, but unfortunately, this is not always the case. 18 wheeler collisions still occur at a persistent rate, and the rate of fatalities naturally follows.
What Can I Recover in an Atlanta Wrongful Death Suit?
Dependents of the deceased, usually the spouse or children, are entitled to pursue compensation if the death of the loved one was caused by negligence. According to Georgia law, they may recover "the full value of the life of the decedent without deducting any of the necessary or personal expenses of the decedent had (s)he lived." The "full value of life of the deceased" may include the following:
- Loss of future wages
- Loss of inheritance
- Funeral expenses
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Loss of love and protection
- Loss of benefits
- Emotional distress
How Common are Truck Accidents?
According to reports released by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), around half a million trucking accidents take place in the United States annually. Out of these accidents, around 5,000 are fatal. Furthermore, close to 13 percent of all fatal traffic collisions involve a truck.
Surprisingly, the majority of fatal crashes occur not in urban, but in rural areas, and usually during the daytime as opposed to nighttime.
What are the Common Causes Behind Fatal Truck Crashes?
Generally, fatal collisions can be attributed to three causes: driver negligence, improper upkeep or repairs, or faulty parts or design. This means that in most accident cases, the truck driver, his or her company, or the manufacturer of the vehicle itself can be held liable. The following list describes more specific causes of fatal truck crashes:
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
- Brake failure
- Dangerous road conditions
- Trailer overload
- Tire failure
- Reckless or overly aggressive driving
Atlanta Truck Accident Wrongful Death Attorneys Providing Compassionate Representation in Your Time of Need
When pursuing compensation for your loved one's death, you may face resistance from the trucking company and their insurance professionals. You will need the help of an experienced lawyer in order to protect your claim and your future. Call an Atlanta truck accident attorney at Grant Law Office at (404) 995-3955 today, and let us help you through your struggle.