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Holding truckers and trucking companies in Georgia responsible for negligence

Every car crash is serious, but truck accidents often prove particularly tragic. Semi-truck accidents typically cause more catastrophic injuries and deaths than other types of vehicle accidents. Due to their sheer size and weight, eighteen-wheelers are capable of causing tremendous destruction. These horrible wrecks occur all too often on the highways and interstates of Georgia.

The lawyers of Harris Lowry Manton LLP have the knowledge and experience to effectively handle truck accident cases. If you or a family member was injured in an accident involving a truck, turn to our experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyers for representation you can trust.

 

Understanding the complexities of truck accident cases

Truck accidents often prove catastrophic due to the sheer size of the vehicle. Tractor-trailer trucks weigh tons even when empty. When carrying a load, the weight increases even further. Therefore, the impact of a crash is more intense than one involving two cars or average-sized vehicles. In addition, if the vehicle carries hazardous or flammable materials, the risk is even greater.

In addition to the physics involved, many laws and regulations govern the trucking industry. This makes the accident more serious in terms of insurance and legal issues. Our skillful Georgia truck accident attorneys provide effective representation in a variety of truck accident cases, including:

  • Driver fatigue. Truck drivers must follow legal regulations regarding their time on the road. These laws seek to protect the driver and other operators on the highway. When drivers fail to follow these rules, serious accidents can result.
  • Driver distraction. Drivers can be easily distracted when they spend long hours on the road. Fiddling with GPS units, chatting with other drivers and even “highway hypnosis” can cause a driver to stop paying attention to the act of driving.
  • Speeding and negligent behavior. In an attempt to cover enough ground before their federally mandated rest periods, many truck drivers will speed, or engage in other negligent, even risky, behaviors behind the wheel. Speeding is the #1 cause of fatal truck accidents.
  • Poor vehicle maintenance. Truck owners and operators have a duty to maintain these vehicles and keep them in a safe and reasonably operable manner. Failure to meet this duty may place injury liability on multiple parties.
  • Defective truck parts. Faulty or defective truck parts can leave a driver unable to stop in time to prevent an accident, or to lose control of the truck. In these cases, multiple parties may be liable for any injuries you sustain, including the manufacturer of the defective part.

What you should know about blind spots on trucks

Another common cause of truck accidents has to do with blind spots: areas of limited-to-no visibility on large commercial vehicles. Because of how high the seats are, and how long the trailers are, drivers may have limited visibility in the spaces around their vehicles. These blind spots are often cited in cases where backing-up accidents have occurred.

What is important to note, however, is that all drivers and trucking companies are aware of this potential issue and are still responsible for ensuring the safety of their drivers, their cargo, and those who share the road with them. Back-up cameras, lane assist devices, vehicle detection systems, and blind spot mirrors can all help increase a driver’s visibility and decrease the risk of a wreck between the big rig and another object or vehicle. If a driver fails to utilize these systems and tools, he or she could be held liable. The trucking company could be held liable for failing to maintain its fleet (or the one truck) if these systems have been equipped, but need repairs.

Our knowledgeable Atlanta truck accident lawyers have successfully handled the numerous complexities of truck accident cases. We are ready to hold all responsible parties accountable for your injuries.

Verdicts & Settlements

$1,500,000
Tractor trailer company failed to maintain vehicle resulting in a leg injury.

Verdict

Harris Lowry Manton LLP
5.0
2017-09-18T15:07:09+00:00

Verdict

Tractor trailer company failed to maintain vehicle resulting in a leg injury.
$700,000
Settlement for injuries sustained in rear-end trucking collision.

Verdict

Harris Lowry Manton LLP
5.0
2017-09-18T15:07:38+00:00

Verdict

Settlement for injuries sustained in rear-end trucking collision.
$650,000
Settlement for neck injury caused by trucking collision truck.

Verdict

Harris Lowry Manton LLP
5.0
2017-09-18T15:08:09+00:00

Verdict

Settlement for neck injury caused by trucking collision truck.
$40,000,000 (2016)
Jenkins v. Lambert: On May 10, 2016, a Decatur County Superior Court jury awarded $35 million to Climax, Georgia, Police...

Verdict

Harris Lowry Manton LLP
5.0
2017-09-18T15:04:07+00:00

Verdict

Jenkins v. Lambert: On May 10, 2016, a Decatur County Superior Court jury awarded $35 million to Climax, Georgia, Police Chief Joel Jenkins and $5 million to his wife Aimee after he was hit by a pickup truck in 2010. Harris Lowry Manton partner Stephen G. Lowry served as lead counsel for the Jenkins family. The jury found Derrick Steven Lambert liable for Jenkins’ injuries. Lambert was under the influence of Oxycontin and Xanax when he hit Jenkins’ patrol car head-on with his 2005 GMC Sierra pickup truck. Chief Jenkins had pulled to the side of the road to help a stranded motorist. The lights on his car were flashing. Chief Jenkins is confined to a wheelchair at present because of hip problems caused by the wreck. Jenkins, 42, is permanently disabled and can never work in law enforcement again. Evidence presented to the jury included Lambert’s claim the patrol car lights weren’t flashing and his explanation that he didn’t see the car; he did not attempt to brake; and 11 days before trial he was charged with DUI. Lambert’s legal defense was to blame Jenkins and the stranded motorist for the wreck. “Chief Jenkins was hurt for doing his job the way he was supposed to,” Steve said. “It was an honor to help Joel and Aimee after his tragedy.” Though Lambert was under the influence, his lawyers pointed to the victim for causing his own injuries. They claimed circumstances did not warrant Jenkins parking partially to the side of the road facing south in a northbound traffic lane. Lambert also blamed the stranded motorist, claiming the man had a suspended license and knew he had a faulty gas gauge when he ran out of gas. Lambert’s attorneys also fought against damages, saying Jenkins’ hip injuries were caused by...
$11,558,366 (2010)
Bilbrey v. United States of America: Judge Clay D. Land ordered the United States of America to pay Mary Bilbrey...

Verdict

Harris Lowry Manton LLP
5.0
2017-09-18T15:05:18+00:00

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Bilbrey v. United States of America: Judge Clay D. Land ordered the United States of America to pay Mary Bilbrey and her profoundly injured son, Anthony Bilbrey, more than $11.5 million after a United States Postal Service (USPS) employee was found negligent in the operation of his mail delivery truck. Steve Lowry, of Harris Lowry Manton LLP, served as lead counsel for Mary and Anthony. On December 22, 2006, after an early morning of Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart and a breakfast stop at Hardees, Mary Bilbrey – who was eight and a half months pregnant at the time – and her fiancé, Jason Murray, were driving to their Monroe, Georgia home. Traveling south on Highway 11 Murray and Bilbrey both testified that the USPS employee suddenly pulled into their lane from his position off the right-hand side of the road. A commercially licensed, experienced driver, Murray swerved to avoid colliding with the USPS truck yet ultimately lost control of his vehicle. The car ran off the road into a fence where a wooden fence rail impaled the vehicle, forcefully striking Mary’s pregnant abdomen. She went into premature labor suffered serious injury and the impact severely brain-damaged her son. The United States denied that the postal driver was responsible for causing the wreck. Steve Lowry explained, “Even though there were no independent eye witnesses to the wreck, we were able to prove that the postal driver was at fault through an extensive investigation that focused on recreating the wreck using forensic evidence to show the postal driver was at fault. The substantial recovery will allow for Anthony to receive the best available medical care going forward.” HLM worked tirelessly to see justice done in this very tragic case.
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Why you need an experienced Georgia truck accident lawyer

We have extensive experience in the numerous legal issues surrounding tractor-trailer crashes. Our firm hires accident reconstructionists and medical experts to assist in building a case to maximize the likelihood of prevailing in court. Due to the many laws and regulations within the trucking industry, building a compelling case requires proper documentation and irrefutable evidence. That is why the right trucking accident attorney is vitally important.

To competently handle a lawsuit involving a trucking accident, a lawyer must master the regulations that govern the trucking industry. A case can change dramatically in favor of the plaintiff if the truck driver or trucking company is found to have neglected important safety measures. No matter what the cause of the accident, from auto defects to defective roadways, our firm’s accomplished Atlanta truck accident attorneys know how to proceed.

Do not hesitate to contact a professional Georgia truck accident lawyer

Truck accidents can cause catastrophic or even fatal injuries to those involved. In addition, the resulting legal cases are often complicated and arduous. That is why it is important to be represented by an attorney with the skills to fight for you. The Atlanta truck accident lawyers of HLM diligently work to secure high-value outcomes for clients. Call us now at 404-998-8847  to schedule a free consultation. You can also complete our contact form.

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