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Marietta Truck Accident Lawyer

attorneys Chris Hall & Andrew LamprosWhen you are involved in a Marietta truck accident, it can be a terrifying experience. Your injuries may be more critical and the damage to your vehicle may be more severe. You may struggle with enormous financial burdens and emotional stress while you wait for compensation. You might even feel helpless if the insurance company offers only minimal compensation or denies your claim completely.

If you have been involved in a truck accident that was not your fault, the attorneys at Hall & Lampros, LLP are ready and willing to assist you in determining whether you have a case and how to proceed if you do. Contact our Marietta truck accident lawyers at 404-876-8100 to learn more about your legal rights.

Hall & Lampros attorney Andrew Lampros is a former trucking defense lawyer who knows the extensive trucking regulations that are key to winning a trucking case.  He now represents only Plaintiffs but uses his past experience defending trucks to benefit his clients who have suffered often devastating injuries from truck-caused accidents.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck drivers log thousands of miles per month and tens of thousands of miles in a year. While this might lead you to think they are experienced and safe drivers, the truth can often be the opposite. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Truck Driver Error: Driver fatigue or drowsy driving (often due to working more hours than legally allowed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), texting, eating or otherwise being distracted while driving. This can also include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Untrained Drivers: A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is the only true requirement to become a truck driver. There are many driver training schools that range from three weeks to three months but there is no consistent curriculum. This means many drivers may not be properly trained in how to drive their trucks. If they were able to pass the CDL test, there are trucking companies that will hire them and immediately put them on the road.
  • Truck Missing Required Safety Equipment or Not in Safe Working Order: If a truck is missing required safety equipment, such as emergency reflective devices or wheel chocks, even a parked truck can cause an accident. The truck may also have unsafe tires, missing parts, or other issues that mean it is not roadworthy.
  • Truck is Too Big: The driver’s truck may be wider, longer, and/or heavier than the legal limits. It may also be wider, longer, or heavier than the driver is capable of handling despite being within legal limits.
  • Unsafe Driving: Like any other driver, truck drivers can speed, recklessly change lanes, and perform other dangerous driving maneuvers that put other vehicles at risk.

You do not have to do this on your own. To us, you are a friend or family member.

Contact Hall & Lampros, LLP now at 404-876-8100 to schedule a complimentary consultation with our firm.

Proving Truck Driver Negligence

Like any other motor vehicle accident, a Marietta truck accident requires you to prove the truck driver’s negligence. Some of the ways we will help to prove truck driver negligence include:

  • Reviewing all accident-related paperwork, including police reports and witness statements
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Investigating the scene of the accident
  • Thoroughly examining the driver’s credentials
  • Determining if any traffic laws were broken

There are many state and federal trucking regulations that must also be looked at and considered in the context of the accident. These regulations can be difficult to interpret for those who are not experienced. Hiring an attorney with truck accident experience can make going over these regulations and determining whether the truck driver was negligent much easier than trying to do it yourself.

Navigating Complicated Liability

In a typical motor vehicle accident, liability is straight-forward: the driver at fault is liable. However, in a truck accident, liability can be much more complicated. While the truck driver may be at fault because they were driving the truck, liability may also apply to:

  • Trucking Company: If the trucking company encourages or demands their drivers falsify driving logs to work longer hours, fails to take proper care of their equipment, or otherwise contributes to the accident, they may be held liable.
  • Truck or Parts Manufacturer: If a truck has faulty equipment that contributes to the accident, the truck’s manufacturer or the specific part’s manufacturer may be held liable.
  • Other Third Parties: There may be other third parties who bear liability for the accident. For example, if another driver cut the truck driver off and this contributed to the truck accident you were in, that other driver may be liable.

In some cases, there may be a combination of parties who are liable for the accident. Many truck accident victims fight with insurance companies and only get minimal reimbursement for medical expenses and vehicle repairs. When you hire an experienced truck accident attorney from Hall & Lampros, LLP your attorney will fight for full compensation, including medical expenses, vehicle damages, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Contact an Experienced Marietta Truck Accident Attorney

Being involved in a Marietta truck accident can be a scary experience. It can also be overwhelming and confusing as you try to navigate the process of proving negligence and liability. The experienced attorneys at Hall & Lampros, LLP are ready to look at the details of your case and give you honest, no-pressure feedback about your options.