Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyer

Have you been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, semi or tractor trailer? If so, you’re in the right place

Mr. Goldner has represented many people who have been seriously injured or killed as a result of the negligent or reckless actions of a truck driver or commercial trucking company. He has the knowledge and expertise to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Meet Andrew Goldner, the Atlanta Trucking Accident Lawyer

In Georgia, the most frequently traveled highways, and therefore the highways with the most tractor-trailer accidents, are: I-20, I-75, I-95, I-85, I-285, I-575, and I-985.

Atlanta Trucking Accident Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Most Common Types of Atlanta Trucking Accidents?

Left Turn Wrecks – When a tractor-trailer makes a left turn in front of another vehicle, a substantial collision often results. The length and weight of most commercial vehicles create a situation where any collision is likely to yield significant injuries. This is particularly true in left turn cases where the vehicle which has been cut-off is traveling at a substantial speed. We have seen this type of collision occur when the tractor-trailer driver is in a rush to make a delivery or arrive at a destination at a particular time and, therefore, the driver attempts to “beat” oncoming traffic.

Underride Collisions – Underriding is when a vehicle will actually go underneath the trailer portion of the truck. This collision often results in severe injuries or worse because the oncoming vehicle suffers roof and windshield damage.

Stopped Tractor-Trailers – Tractor-trailers frequently stop, or become disabled, on the roadway or the shoulder of the roadway. This is a very dangerous situation for motorists. Federal law requires that commercial drivers place warning markers (usually reflective triangles) at various distances behind the stopped truck in order to alert oncoming drivers that they are approaching a large, stopped commercial vehicle.

Rear – End Accidents – This type of collision is the most common. Commercial drivers are often speeding, in a hurry, inattentive, texting, talking on a cell phone, or otherwise distracted. These conditions result in the truck driver failing to stop the tractor-trailer in time and causing a rear-end collision with the vehicle in front of it.

Improper Lane Change – Tractor-trailer drivers often operate their trucks negligently by changing lanes when it is not safe to do so. The most frequently-seen collision in this category is when a commercial driver moves his truck into a lane and space already occupied by another vehicle. Not surprisingly, this negligent action usually causes a severe collision, frequently sending the passenger car off of the roadway.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Atlanta Truck Accidents?

DISTRACTED DRIVING AND COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

Distracted driving is a large problem for people operating regular passenger cars. Distracted driving is a huge problem for truck drivers because of the massive pieces of machinery which they operate on the roadways and highways. The FMCSA performed an outstanding study of distracted driving and the operation of commercial trucks. The FMCSA has banned texting while driving a large truck and may soon ban cell phone use by truck drivers unless a hand-free device is used.

ALCOHOL USE BY TRUCK DRIVERS

The use of alcohol is, of course, regulated regardless of whether one is driving a car or tractor-trailer. However, the use of alcohol is strongly monitored and regulated in connection with the operation of commercial vehicles. In fact, the FMCSA precludes the use of alcohol for a number of hours before operation of a big truck. Further, alcohol testing of truck drivers is mandatory in many post-accident scenarios, regardless of whether the responding police officer believes that alcohol played a role in the wreck.

COMMERCIAL DRIVER FATIGUE

Driver fatigue or “tired driving” is an issue which has become increasingly important in recent years. The FMCSA actually sets forth rules and regulations pertaining to whether a driver is even allowed to operate a tractor-trailer when he may be fatigued. We have handled cases where various documents (the bills of lading, driver’s logs, and meal receipts) show that the truck driver had been driving for too long and was obviously drowsy, thereby causing a wreck.

STOPPED OR DISABLED TRACTOR-TRAILERS

When a small car is stopped or disabled on the side of a road or highway, it may present a problem for passing motorists. When a huge tractor-trailer is disabled on the roadway, the vehicle presents a grave danger for those in the area, particularly if visibility is limited. The truck and trailer are usually massive pieces of machinery. If a passing car collides with the tractor or trailer, there is usually a terrible consequence. The FMCSA has set forth numerous rules which a driver must follow if his truck becomes disabled in or around the roadway. We have seen many cases of motorists colliding with stopped or disabled trucks which were not appropriately marked and did not have the necessary reflective triangles deployed.

It is important to understand that Georgia, and most other states, impose their own rules on commercial drivers and vehicles. Generally speaking, the FMCSA rules are the most important for lawsuits involving truck claims. The Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC) regulates motor carriers which operate within the state of Georgia only (i.e., intrastate carriers). In practice, the GPSC had adopted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations as the law for motor carriers in Georgia.

We encourage you to review our past results in trucking cases, review what our prior clients have said about our work, and then call our firm for a free evaluation of your trucking case. The Atlanta trucking accident lawyer is ready to help you today.

UNQUALIFIED TRUCK DRIVERS

As an Atlanta trucking attorney, I have seen many tragic cases of people badly injured or killed by a truck driver who should never have been on the road. Many truck wreck cases are focused upon the truck driver’s history of accidents while driving commercial vehicles. However, it is important to investigate whether the truck driver even should have been behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer.

First, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandates that, with very limited exceptions, anyone operating a commercial vehicle (think big truck, tractor-trailer) must have a Commercial Driver’s License. CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) Applicants must have a “good” driving record. To the FMCSA, a “good driving record” means that during the two years before the driver tries to get a CDL he has not had his license suspended, revoked, and has not had any serious traffic or driving offense (which would be disqualifying) as noted in 42 C.F.R. 383.51. The common sense purpose behind these rules is that the federal government (and by extension state governments) do not want people who have proven themselves unsafe in passenger cars to be operating a 60,000 pound truck.

A truck driver is also permitted to have only one driver’s license. This allows for consistent and effective monitoring of the driver’s license. In addition, a driver must demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skill with respect to the inspection and operation of a tractor-trailer.

Knowing that even a skilled and qualified driver may cause a serious wreck, the FMCSA mandates that trucking companies maintain a minimum level of financial responsibility. This serves to provide at least some compensation to victims of trucking accidents.

Who Can Be Held Liable for a Trucking Accident?

In Georgia, any party that contributed to an accident can potentially be held liable for the resulting damages. This issue becomes particularly complex in commercial trucking accident cases. There are many different parties that might bear liability for the crash, further two different parties might even split liability in some cases. Common liable parties include:

  • The truck driver;
  • The truck driver’s employer;
  • The company that owned the truck;
  • The company that leased the truck; and
  • The company that manufactured any part on the truck or the trailer.

What Compensation is Available for Truck Accident Victims?

Georgia truck accident victims are entitled to be made ‘whole’ after an accident. In simple terms, a victim is made whole when they are placed into the position that they would have been in had no accident ever taken place. Obviously, this is not literally possible for cases involving very serious injuries. There is no way to counteract the debilitating pain associated with a serious injury. Therefore, financial compensation must be granted in an amount that fairly accounts for the full extent of a victim’s damages. After an Atlanta trucking accident, a victim may seek recovery for:

  • Damages to their personal Property
  • Expenses due to Medical Procedures
  • Lost Wages Including Wages lost due to ability to work in the future
  • Other Intangible losses, Like suffering, disfigurement and loss of quality of life.

If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident, you need to be aware of your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation but you face some large hurdles. One such obstacles is that some damages are difficult to quantify. It’s easy to value a hospital bill for treatment that has already occurred, it is extremely difficult to put a dollar figure on pain and suffering or future lost earning power. All too often, insurance companies use the lack of clarity surrounding these type of damages to try to avoid paying a fair settlement offer. Victims of serious truck injuries need an aggressive attorney by your side to fight for you and your right to be compensated for your losses.

Delayed Pain After an Accident Involving a Truck

As an experience trucking accident lawyer, Mr. Goldner has represented a number of clients who have been injured in collisions with semi and other commercial trucks. Some people experience immediate and obvious injuries at the accident site. Others suffer pain extreme pain after some time before seeking treatment. Insurance adjusters typically argue that any delay in treatment shows that the accident and injuries were “not that serious.” The insurance companies try to paint the injured accident victim as someone who is out for money only and trying to “milk” the accident.

I have seen two primary “delayed” injuries. First, people who suffer broken ribs in car and truck wrecks often do not know that their ribs are broken until xrays are taken. Estimates are that 10% of patients admitted to the hospital after blunt force trauma (for example, an accident victim’s chest impacting the steering wheel) suffer a fracture of one or more ribs. In today’s day of cost-saving medicine, physicians are sometimes reluctant to order xrays of trauma victims. The failure to “look inside” via chest xray sometimes results in rib fractures going undiagnosed until the patient follows up for subsequent symptoms.

Another “delayed injury” we often see in serious truck accidents is bleeding in the brain. A brain bleed may present in many fashions, including subdural hematoma, subarachnoid hemorrhage, among others. Sometimes, the brain injury and bleed presents immediately at the accident scene. However, frequently, the bleeding is delayed. This situation can be dangerous where a car wreck victim present to an emergency room after an accident and undergoes a CT scan which is interpreted as clear. Then, confusion or a headache occurs later in the day. These symptoms are a tell-tale sign of a brain bleeding and injury.

How Will an Atlanta Trucking Accident Attorney Help Me?

Trucking accidents are among the most complicated types of personal injury cases. This is partially because of the fact that so many different entities could potentially bear liability; but it is also because Georgia commercial trucking involves complex business relationships and extensive federal regulations. Additionally, the sheer size of commercial trucks means that accidents often result in victims sustaining particularly devastating injuries. Cases involving catastrophic injuries are inherently more complicated. For all of those reasons, it is imperative that you get your truck accident case in front of an aggressive Atlanta attorney as soon as possible after the wreck. Your attorney will help ensure that you are able to obtain the injury settlement offer that you rightly deserve. Some specific actions our truck accident team will take include:

  • Acting quickly to obtain all relevant supporting evidence;
  • Using subpoenas to seek information from the truck company, including vehicle inspection records, maintenance records, electronic black box data, and driver history;
  • Analyzing state and federal regulations to see how they might impact your claim;
  • Working to document the full extent of your current and future damages; and
  • Negotiating with the insurance company, in order to ensure that you recover fair compensation.

Can I really afford a truck accident attorney

You can indeed afford a truck accident attorney. We will never require any upfront payment from you. If we don’t win your case, you don’t pay a dime. We are more than happy to take on all of the risks involved in bringing your claim because our team takes on personal injury cases that we truly believe in. We are dedicated to helping all of our clients maximize their settlement offers and awards.

Truck, Tractor Trailer and Commercial Vehicle Wreck Case Results

C.C. $1,600,000.00

(Commercial Vehicle Accident)
Our client sustained severe leg injuries as a result of a rear-end collision caused by the driver of a commercial truck south of Atlanta, Georgia. We filed and extensively litigated this case until it was ready for trial. After we deposed the truck driver, corporate representative, responding police officer, scene witnesses, and our client’s surgeon, the Defendants elected to resolve the case.

L.B. $1,550,000

(Commercial Truck Accident / Neck Surgeries)
Our firm was retained to represent the wife of a local attorney. Our client was in a car which was rear-ended by a commercial truck in Roswell, Fulton County, Georgia. While our client did not go to the hospital by ambulance, she did develop neck pain within two days of the collision. Thereafter, she was diagnosed with herniations in her neck, which ultimately required two fusion surgeries. The Defendant truck company was underinsured for the wreck, but our clients maintained a substantial Underinsured Motorist policy. Just prior to trial, the insurance company paid to settle the case after over a year of litigation.

C.P. $900,000.00

(Tractor Trailer Wreck)
Our client, a 25-year-old mother of two children, was significantly injured when a commercial truck ran a red light and caused a major collision in Gainesville, Hall County, Georgia. Our referring lawyer was able to secure a $250,000.00 offer on the case and, to his credit, recognized that this was insufficient compensation for the client’s injuries. She suffered, among other things: a pneumothorax, five broken ribs, loss of her spleen, a fracture of her arm (requiring surgery), a clavicle fracture (requiring surgery), scarring, and chronic headaches. After our law firm filed and investigated this matter, we were able to position the case for early settlement discussions. We secured the client 90% of the available insurance policy.

P. Family $750,000

(Family of 4 injured in a collision with a commercial truck)
Despite a witness who was prepared to testify that our client was at fault for the collision, we were able to secure close to seven figures for a family in a collision with a commercial truck. Through discovery, we were able to show that the defendant truck driver presented multiple versions of how the collision occurred with inconsistencies.

D.J. $500,000

(Motorcycle vs. Tractor Trailer Wreck)
Our client was on his motorcycle and stopped for a downed tree on Knox Bridge Highway in Cherokee County, Georgia. A tractor-trailer driver was operating his vehicle too fast for conditions and caused a chain reaction collision, knocking our client off of his motorcycle. Our client broke his foot and also suffered injuries to his back. His back injuries did not respond to physical therapy and ultimately required a fusion surgery. The Defendants initially claimed that our client was faking his injuries and that he was not actually thrown from his motorcycle as a result of the collision. Accordingly, little money was offered to resolve the case before suit was filed. Our law firm was associated to file and litigate the case. After we deposed the at-fault truck driver and trucking company owner, we were able to prove a number of safety violations that contributed to this wreck. We were also able to prove that the at-fault driver was not compliant with federally mandated post-collision drug and alcohol screening, which raised a number of questions about the driver’s behavior. Ultimately, the insurance company for the Defendants paid to resolve the case instead of trying it to a jury.

M.S. $475,000.00

(Tractor-Trailer Wreck)
Our firm represented a man who was seriously injured during a collision with a tractor-trailer in Dekalb County. Our client sustained a broken hip and foot, both of which required surgery. Our client was given a ticket by the responding police officer and found to be at-fault for the collision; however, through the use of an accident reconstruction expert and scene diagrams, we were able to convince the insurance company that the truck driver bore substantial responsibility for the wreck.

J.W. $275,000

(Commercial vehicle collision at the airport, which resulted in an aggravation of a prior back injury suffered by our client)
The aggravation of the prior injury caused the need for our client to have spine surgery.

J.W. $215,000.00

(Tractor-Trailer Wreck)
Our client, a school teacher, was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer on I-75 near Fort Valley, Georgia. Our client injured her back during the collision, requiring physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, and, ultimately, laminectomy / discectomy procedure. The truck operator claimed our client had swerved in front of him while traveling. However, an in-depth investigation proved the truck driver failed to comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requirements regarding post-collision alcohol testing. We were also able to show that the trucking company failed to comply with its own post-collision investigation process. After offering no money prior to the filing of a lawsuit, the trucking company paid a substantial settlement at mediation.

Have you been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, semi or tractor trailer? If so, you’re in the right place

Mr. Goldner has represented many people who have been seriously injured or killed as a result of the negligent or reckless actions of a truck driver or commercial trucking company. He has the knowledge and expertise to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Meet Andrew Goldner, the Atlanta Trucking Accident Lawyer

In Georgia, the most frequently traveled highways, and therefore the highways with the most tractor-trailer accidents, are: I-20, I-75, I-95, I-85, I-285, I-575, and I-985.

Atlanta Trucking Accident Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Most Common Types of Atlanta Trucking Accidents?

Left Turn Wrecks – When a tractor-trailer makes a left turn in front of another vehicle, a substantial collision often results. The length and weight of most commercial vehicles create a situation where any collision is likely to yield significant injuries. This is particularly true in left turn cases where the vehicle which has been cut-off is traveling at a substantial speed. We have seen this type of collision occur when the tractor-trailer driver is in a rush to make a delivery or arrive at a destination at a particular time and, therefore, the driver attempts to “beat” oncoming traffic.

Underride Collisions – Underriding is when a vehicle will actually go underneath the trailer portion of the truck. This collision often results in severe injuries or worse because the oncoming vehicle suffers roof and windshield damage.

Stopped Tractor-Trailers – Tractor-trailers frequently stop, or become disabled, on the roadway or the shoulder of the roadway. This is a very dangerous situation for motorists. Federal law requires that commercial drivers place warning markers (usually reflective triangles) at various distances behind the stopped truck in order to alert oncoming drivers that they are approaching a large, stopped commercial vehicle.

Rear – End Accidents – This type of collision is the most common. Commercial drivers are often speeding, in a hurry, inattentive, texting, talking on a cell phone, or otherwise distracted. These conditions result in the truck driver failing to stop the tractor-trailer in time and causing a rear-end collision with the vehicle in front of it.

Improper Lane Change – Tractor-trailer drivers often operate their trucks negligently by changing lanes when it is not safe to do so. The most frequently-seen collision in this category is when a commercial driver moves his truck into a lane and space already occupied by another vehicle. Not surprisingly, this negligent action usually causes a severe collision, frequently sending the passenger car off of the roadway.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Atlanta Truck Accidents?

DISTRACTED DRIVING AND COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

Distracted driving is a large problem for people operating regular passenger cars. Distracted driving is a huge problem for truck drivers because of the massive pieces of machinery which they operate on the roadways and highways. The FMCSA performed an outstanding study of distracted driving and the operation of commercial trucks. The FMCSA has banned texting while driving a large truck and may soon ban cell phone use by truck drivers unless a hand-free device is used.

ALCOHOL USE BY TRUCK DRIVERS

The use of alcohol is, of course, regulated regardless of whether one is driving a car or tractor-trailer. However, the use of alcohol is strongly monitored and regulated in connection with the operation of commercial vehicles. In fact, the FMCSA precludes the use of alcohol for a number of hours before operation of a big truck. Further, alcohol testing of truck drivers is mandatory in many post-accident scenarios, regardless of whether the responding police officer believes that alcohol played a role in the wreck.

COMMERCIAL DRIVER FATIGUE

Driver fatigue or “tired driving” is an issue which has become increasingly important in recent years. The FMCSA actually sets forth rules and regulations pertaining to whether a driver is even allowed to operate a tractor-trailer when he may be fatigued. We have handled cases where various documents (the bills of lading, driver’s logs, and meal receipts) show that the truck driver had been driving for too long and was obviously drowsy, thereby causing a wreck.

STOPPED OR DISABLED TRACTOR-TRAILERS

When a small car is stopped or disabled on the side of a road or highway, it may present a problem for passing motorists. When a huge tractor-trailer is disabled on the roadway, the vehicle presents a grave danger for those in the area, particularly if visibility is limited. The truck and trailer are usually massive pieces of machinery. If a passing car collides with the tractor or trailer, there is usually a terrible consequence. The FMCSA has set forth numerous rules which a driver must follow if his truck becomes disabled in or around the roadway. We have seen many cases of motorists colliding with stopped or disabled trucks which were not appropriately marked and did not have the necessary reflective triangles deployed.

It is important to understand that Georgia, and most other states, impose their own rules on commercial drivers and vehicles. Generally speaking, the FMCSA rules are the most important for lawsuits involving truck claims. The Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC) regulates motor carriers which operate within the state of Georgia only (i.e., intrastate carriers). In practice, the GPSC had adopted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations as the law for motor carriers in Georgia.

We encourage you to review our past results in trucking cases, review what our prior clients have said about our work, and then call our firm for a free evaluation of your trucking case. The Atlanta trucking accident lawyer is ready to help you today.

UNQUALIFIED TRUCK DRIVERS

As an Atlanta trucking attorney, I have seen many tragic cases of people badly injured or killed by a truck driver who should never have been on the road. Many truck wreck cases are focused upon the truck driver’s history of accidents while driving commercial vehicles. However, it is important to investigate whether the truck driver even should have been behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer.

First, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandates that, with very limited exceptions, anyone operating a commercial vehicle (think big truck, tractor-trailer) must have a Commercial Driver’s License. CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) Applicants must have a “good” driving record. To the FMCSA, a “good driving record” means that during the two years before the driver tries to get a CDL he has not had his license suspended, revoked, and has not had any serious traffic or driving offense (which would be disqualifying) as noted in 42 C.F.R. 383.51. The common sense purpose behind these rules is that the federal government (and by extension state governments) do not want people who have proven themselves unsafe in passenger cars to be operating a 60,000 pound truck.

A truck driver is also permitted to have only one driver’s license. This allows for consistent and effective monitoring of the driver’s license. In addition, a driver must demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skill with respect to the inspection and operation of a tractor-trailer.

Knowing that even a skilled and qualified driver may cause a serious wreck, the FMCSA mandates that trucking companies maintain a minimum level of financial responsibility. This serves to provide at least some compensation to victims of trucking accidents.

CARGO LOADING AND SECUREMENT ERRORS

Large trucks are tasked with carrying hundreds of pounds worth of goods and products. When these goods are improperly loaded or secured, or are inherently dangerous – such as toxic materials or explosives – they create the risk of an accident. When hundreds of pounds worth of weight shift within a large truck’s trailer, the weight shift can be enough to cause the trailer to swerve, jack-knife, veer erratically, or even tip over. Hazardous materials that are improperly stored may not cause a weight shift, but they could tip and spill, or even combust, while in motion. It is critical that goods are loaded properly and secured in a manner to prevent movement which the truck is in motion.

DEFECTIVE TRUCK PARTS

While less common than the causes of accidents listed above, defective truck parts can and do cause accidents in the state of Georgia. It is critical that all large trucks are inspected and maintained on a regular basis to prevent deterioration of critical moving parts, such as an engine or brakes. In some cases, a vehicle malfunction may not be a result of a lack of maintenance and repair, but as a design or manufacturing defect. For example, large truck tires that are manufactured improperly may be at risk of premature tire tread separation, which could lead to a tire blowout and catastrophic accident.

Who Can Be Held Liable for a Trucking Accident?

In Georgia, any party that contributed to an accident can potentially be held liable for the resulting damages. This issue becomes particularly complex in commercial trucking accident cases. There are many different parties that might bear liability for the crash, further two different parties might even split liability in some cases. Common liable parties include:

  • The truck driver;
  • The truck driver’s employer;
  • The company that owned the truck;
  • The company that leased the truck; and
  • The company that manufactured any part on the truck or the trailer.

When considering liability for a truck accident, it is important to understand the legal theory of vicarious liability, or respondeat superior. This legal theory holds that an employer can be held liable for the actions of its employees, so long as those actions occurred during the course of employment. In relation to a truck accident lawsuit in Georgia, this means that a trucking company may be held liable for the negligent actions of a truck driver, so long as the truck driver was an employee of the company (and not an independent contractor), and the truck driver’s negligence occurred while “on the clock.” If the truck driver was not being paid for their services or was using the truck for personal use, the truck driver may be held liable independent of the trucking company.

Because of the numerous parties that may be held liable for a truck accident and related damages, and because of the complex nature of the theories of liability that are often relevant to a truck accident claim, it is essential to work with a highly competent attorney who is confident in their ability to successfully pursue truck accident litigation.

What Compensation is Available for Truck Accident Victims?

Georgia truck accident victims are entitled to be made ‘whole’ after an accident. In simple terms, a victim is made whole when they are placed into the position that they would have been in had no accident ever taken place. Obviously, this is not literally possible for cases involving very serious injuries. There is no way to counteract the debilitating pain associated with a serious injury. Therefore, financial compensation must be granted in an amount that fairly accounts for the full extent of a victim’s damages. After an Atlanta trucking accident, a victim may seek recovery for:

  • Damages to their personal property
  • Expenses due to medical procedures
  • Lost wages including wages lost due to ability to work in the future
  • Other intangible losses, like suffering, disfigurement and loss of quality of life.

If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident, you need to be aware of your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation but you face some large hurdles. One such obstacles is that some damages are difficult to quantify. It’s easy to value a hospital bill for treatment that has already occurred, it is extremely difficult to put a dollar figure on pain and suffering or future lost earning power. All too often, insurance companies use the lack of clarity surrounding these type of damages to try to avoid paying a fair settlement offer. Victims of serious truck injuries need an aggressive attorney by your side to fight for you and your right to be compensated for your losses.

Delayed Pain After an Accident Involving a Truck

As an experienced trucking accident lawyer, Mr. Goldner has represented a number of clients who have been injured in collisions with semi and other commercial trucks. Some people experience immediate and obvious injuries at the accident site. Others suffer pain extreme pain after some time before seeking treatment. Insurance adjusters typically argue that any delay in treatment shows that the accident and injuries were “not that serious.” The insurance companies try to paint the injured accident victim as someone who is out for money only and trying to “milk” the accident.

I have seen two primary “delayed” injuries. First, people who suffer broken ribs in car and truck wrecks often do not know that their ribs are broken until xrays are taken. Estimates are that 10% of patients admitted to the hospital after blunt force trauma (for example, an accident victim’s chest impacting the steering wheel) suffer a fracture of one or more ribs. In today’s day of cost-saving medicine, physicians are sometimes reluctant to order xrays of trauma victims. The failure to “look inside” via chest xray sometimes results in rib fractures going undiagnosed until the patient follows up for subsequent symptoms.

Another “delayed injury” we often see in serious truck accidents is bleeding in the brain. A brain bleed may present in many fashions, including subdural hematoma, subarachnoid hemorrhage, among others. Sometimes, the brain injury and bleed presents immediately at the accident scene. However, frequently, the bleeding is delayed. This situation can be dangerous where a car wreck victim present to an emergency room after an accident and undergoes a CT scan which is interpreted as clear. Then, confusion or a headache occurs later in the day. These symptoms are a tell-tale sign of a brain bleeding and injury.

How Will an Atlanta Trucking Accident Attorney Help Me?

Trucking accidents are among the most complicated types of personal injury cases. This is partially because of the fact that so many different entities could potentially bear liability; but it is also because Georgia commercial trucking involves complex business relationships and extensive federal regulations. Additionally, the sheer size of commercial trucks means that accidents often result in victims sustaining particularly devastating injuries. Cases involving catastrophic injuries are inherently more complicated. For all of those reasons, it is imperative that you get your truck accident case in front of an aggressive Atlanta attorney as soon as possible after the wreck. Your attorney will help ensure that you are able to obtain the injury settlement offer that you rightly deserve. Some specific actions our truck accident team will take include:

  • Acting quickly to obtain all relevant supporting evidence;
  • Using subpoenas to seek information from the truck company, including vehicle inspection records, maintenance records, electronic black box data, and driver history;
  • Analyzing state and federal regulations to see how they might impact your claim;
  • Working to document the full extent of your current and future damages; and
  • Negotiating with the insurance company, in order to ensure that you recover fair compensation.

Can I really afford a truck accident attorney?

You can indeed afford a truck accident attorney. We will never require any upfront payment from you. If we don’t win your case, you don’t pay a dime. We are more than happy to take on all of the risks involved in bringing your claim because our team takes on personal injury cases that we truly believe in. We are dedicated to helping all of our clients maximize their settlement offers and awards.

YOU NEED TO ACT QUICKLY

Truck accident claims in Georgia must be filed with the state’s statute of limitations, which is two years from the date the cause of action accrues. Failing to file a claim within the two-year limit will result in a permanent bar from seeking damages. Our attorneys understand the pressing nature of your claim, and will get to work immediately.


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FOREVER THANKFUL I was involved in an accident where I was hit by a driver from a local trucking company. From the start, dealing with the trucking company’s insurance company about the repair of my vehicle was a complete nightmare. I knew that if I was having this much trouble with the repair of my vehicle when they were completely at fault and cited as such, my medical issues would be even worse. I was fortunate enough to meet someone through my work that was a client of Andy Goldner. She spoke very highly of him and upon initially talking with him I could see why. Andy was straight forward from the start. He explained the process and what to expect and always kept me up to date on the status of my case. Through the entire process I not only felt that he was completely looking out for my best interest but that he sincerely cared. Thank you Andy for handling my case and for the great job that you and your office did! I am extremely pleased and will refer you and your firm anytime the opportunity arises.

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