Truck Accident Attorney in Forsyth County
By Your Side After Serious Injuries
Truck accidents cause major damage. Due to their size, weight, and force, an accident can involve multiple other vehicles, destroy cars, and severely injure or kill their occupants. Of the 4,136 people who died in truck accidents in 2018, 67% were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). For people injured by trucks, holding the correct party responsible for damages is of the utmost importance in order to heal. There are medical bills to be paid and vehicle damage to repair, and sometimes, these expenses can add up to tens of thousands of dollars, especially if your injuries are so serious that you require extensive medical treatment. The Musgrove Law Firm strives to handle matters concerning financial compensation so our clients can rest assured knowing the future isn’t hopeless. Our Forsyth County truck accident attorney is on the side of everyday people and works to return clients to their everyday lives as soon as possible.
Common Types of Truck Accidents
Because trucks are much bigger and heavier than passenger vehicles and are often hooked up to trailers, the types of accidents that can occur are unique and deadly. It’s important to immediately seek medical attention if you were in a truck accident before you do anything else, as these accidents typically cause catastrophic injuries like burns, amputations, spinal cord and neck injuries, and head and brain damage.
Common truck accidents that lead to injuries and fatalities include:
- Rollovers: If a driver loses control of their truck by speeding, making sharp turns, or hydroplaning, it can slide and roll over onto its side or roof and bring down other vehicles with it.
- Jackknifing: A jackknife accident occurs when a rig folds itself so the cab makes a 90-degree angle with the trailer. This is usually caused when a driver brakes quickly and hard, and the weight of the trailer brings it against the cab.
- Underrides: One of the most dangerous types of accidents, an underride collision occurs when a truck stops suddenly and smaller vehicles behind it become lodged under the trailer.
Trucking accidents can involve numerous parties when determining who is responsible for paying damages, especially if the vehicle is a commercial truck. Truck drivers may be company employees or independent contractors, which brings into question whether the company the driver works for can be held responsible.
Parties who are typically at-fault in trucking accidents include:
- The driver, who can be held solely responsible for damages if they broke the law, such as if they were drunk while driving or were drowsy and not paying attention to the road.
- The trucking company, which can be held liable if the accident and injuries were caused by incomplete truck inspections or improper driver training. Some companies risk driver safety in order to cut corners and save money and time.
- Manufacturers, if a faulty part or defect is proven to cause an accident. Vehicle malfunctions that lead to accidents can include faulty brakes, mechanical failure, tire blowouts, and more.
- Cargo loaders, if improperly loaded cargo caused the accident. Sometimes loaders don’t fully inspect the cargo and fail to secure it properly, which can cause boxes to fall off the truck and damage other vehicles. Similarly, having an unbalanced load can cause the truck to tip over while making turns.
Having a personal injury lawyer on your side to investigate the accident is key in determining who should be paying you for damages. Our attorney has years of experienced gathering proof and securing full compensation for our clients so they can make up for lost wages, medical expenses, property damage, and pain and suffering. Don’t take a chance on letting the responsible party get away with their negligent actions.
Get started on your injury case today by calling our Forsyth County truck accident attorney at (470) 347-1515. We offer the accessibility of a smaller firm and can come to you if you’re restricted to your home or the hospital.
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