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Helping Clients Recover from Serious Injuries

Due to their sheer size and weight, 18-wheeler accidents and semi crashes often cause serious, catastrophic, and even fatal injuries. Interstate 85 runs right through Franklin County and Lavonia, so we see our share of trucking accidents and the serious injuries that can result. After a truck accident, many people feel broken — physically, emotionally, and financially. Most collisions of this sort are due to a truck driver’s negligent behavior or insufficient truck maintenance. At Berelc Law Firm, we have more than a decade of experience holding negligent drivers accountable for their actions. Our Lavonia trucking accident attorneys care about our clients and their futures, and we pursue their goals passionately and tirelessly. If you’ve been seriously injured in a truck accident, you can turn to our team for help. Truck accidents can be more complex than accidents involving passenger cars, but we can guide you through the process with ease.

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Types of Trucking Accidents

Rear-end accidents and head-on collisions are as common among trucks as they are among passenger vehicles. However, there are also some types of accidents that are unique to trucks and can cause serious damage and injuries in the process.

Some types of truck accidents to be aware of include:

  • Rollover: This type of accident occurs when a truck rolls over onto its side, taking nearby drivers down with it. This can happen when trucks lose control, such as by speeding while making a turn, or if the truck is unbalanced when carrying cargo.

  • Jackknife: Jackknifing involves a big rig folding so that its cab forms a 90-degree angle with the trailer. This often happens when drivers brake quickly and hard and can block off significant portions of the road, posing a danger to all drivers.

  • Underride: When trucks brake suddenly, smaller vehicles don’t rear-end the truck the way they would if they were driving behind a similarly sized car. Instead, the car can become lodged under the truck’s trailer, making it one of the deadliest types of accidents.

  • Lost loads: When cargo is loaded improperly or isn’t secure, it can pose a danger to others on the road when loads fall or fly off the truck. Serious injuries and fatalities can occur, especially if the cargo is flammable or explosive.

Because of the force applied in these accidents, the drivers and passengers of other vehicles are more likely to suffer from severe, permanent injuries. Some common injuries people suffer from in trucking accidents include broken or crushed bones, amputations, burns, spinal cord and neck injuries, and brain injuries. After a truck accident, seeking medical attention should be your first priority.

Who Can Be Held Responsible?

Determining liability in a trucking accident can be complicated because these accidents can involve trucking companies and other parties not typically involved in passenger vehicle accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) establishes regulations that all truck drivers and companies must follow; if anyone is found to have violated these regulations and it can be proved that this violation led to an accident, the at-fault party can be held responsible for negligence.

Parties who are typically at fault in trucking accidents include:

  • The truck driver: Truck drivers can be held personally responsible for accidents if they were displaying negligent behaviors like drunk driving or driving while fatigued. Though truck drivers are required to take meal and rest breaks, they have to drive long distances and are often exhausted on the road.

  • The trucking company: Companies must follow guidelines that include safety measures, maintenance schedules, the maximum amount of driver hours allowed at a time, truck weight, and more. When companies fail to conduct a routine truck inspection, for example, and the truck ends up being approved for use with a broken part or defect, the company can be held accountable for negligence.

  • The truck manufacturer: Vehicle manufacturers issue recalls all the time for various defective parts. Consumers have the right to expect that the products they buy are safe to use; when something like a defective airbag causes serious injuries or fatalities, manufacturers may be at fault.

Only an experienced attorney has the knowledge and resources needed to determine liability. When you call us, we can investigate the scene of your accident, collect evidence, and interview witnesses to determine who caused your injuries. From there, we stop at nothing to recover damages for our valued clients such as medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and more. You deserve to be fully compensated for your suffering.

To get the results you need, you must hire a law firm that has a long, successful track record. Our Lavonia trucking accident attorneys have recovered millions for our clients and can offer you options when you call us for your free consultation.