Savannah Truck Accident Lawyer
100 Bull Street, Suite 200
Savannah, Georgia 31401
The truck accident injury lawyer at the Doan Law Firm of Savannah will
help you win your truck accident injury case.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you already know that big
trucks account for a significant portion of the traffic on local highways.
At the Doan Law Firm of Savannah, our truck accident injury lawyer is
ready to help you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
What is considered to be a “truck” in the State of Georgia?
Although it is common to associate the word “truck” with large,
18-wheel, commercial tractor trailer rigs, the State of Georgia defines
a truck to be any motor vehicle having 6 or more wheels regardless of
the number of axles on that vehicle. Any truck that is available for hire
by the public or is primarily used in local or interstate commerce is
considered to be a commercial vehicle and is thus required to comply with
all additional regulations of the federal and state Departments of Transportation (DOT).
The driver of a truck that is operated on Georgia highways must obey all
state and local traffic laws and, additionally, must make sure that his
or her vehicle complies with DOT safety regulations before operating that
truck on local, state, or federal roadways. If operating a truck that
is considered to be a commercial truck by state or federal law, the driver
must be in possession of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) that
is currently valid in the state in which it was issued and also contains
the appropriate endorsements (certifications) that allow the driver to
operate that particular type of truck.
Are there different laws for personal vehicles and commercial trucks?
In Georgia, drivers of any type of motor vehicle are expected to comply
with all local, state, and federal laws relative to traffic safety. Due
to the fact that commercial trucks are practically always larger than
personal vehicles and may contain cargo that is potentially hazardous
if handled improperly, commercial trucks and their drivers are held to
a higher level of responsibility than is expected of other drivers.
Common causes of truck accidents in Savannah, Georgia
Although there are many factors that may lead to a truck accident, state
and federal accident investigators have identified several situations
that are more frequently encountered than others. Among these more-frequently
encountered factors are:
Due to their size and length, many truck accidents occur when a driver
initiates a change in driving lane without making sure that it is safe
to do so. In most cases where a truck strikes another vehicle while changing
lanes, the driver of the truck is usually found to be at fault and thus
liable for any damages caused by an accident.
Failure by the driver to make sure that cargo is properly secured against
sudden movement is another common cause of truck accidents. This is particularly
true when cargo that is being transported by a “flat bed”
(open) trailer becomes dislodged and then strikes another vehicle. In
such accidents, the truck driver is almost always found to be at fault.
- Tired or distracted drivers
Tired or distracted drivers are often involved in truck accidents. Federal
laws require drivers to limit the number of hours that they spend “on
duty” before taking rest breaks. Unfortunately, many drivers violate
these rules and drive while their reaction times and decision-making are
impaired by fatigue. Federal law also restricts a driver’s use of
cell phones or other communication devices to avoid distractions. If a
tired or distracted driver is involved in an accident, the driver can
be held liable for any damages that may result from that accident.
Liability and truck accidents in Savannah, Georgia
In many truck accidents, the issue of liability is decided “at the
scene” based on the available physical evidence and the statements
of witnesses. In other cases, the issue of who was at fault will require
further investigation by either law enforcement or by a personal injury
lawyer. In these instances, it may be necessary to submit the available
evidence to a jury before liability issues can be settled. In either situation,
it is always advisable to retain the services of a personal injury attorney
to insure your legal right to compensation is protected while any legal
issues are settled.
From the brief discussion given here, it should be obvious that truck accident
injury cases can be complex and are often decided on a single issue of
how the law is interpreted. It should also be obvious that negotiating
a settlement for injuries in such cases is not something that should be
left to anyone without a firm background in personal injury law.
At the Doan law firm of Savannah, we have years of experience in successfully
representing clients who have been injured in truck accidents and we are
ready to bring that experience to your personal injury lawsuit from the
time of your free initial consultation until your injury claim is settled.
When you are represented by our firm, you are assured that you will be
receiving only the best legal advice in your truck accident injury lawsuit.
100 Bull Street, Suite 200
Savannah, Georgia 31401