Truck Accident Injury Lawyers Georgia
On the road, tractor trailers can drive like bullies. In the courtroom, we turn the tables.
The truck accident attorneys at Butler Tobin have litigated against trucking companies and taken them to trial, so we know how to hold trucking companies and their drivers responsible for the damage that they cause when they break the rules.
Each day, for-profit trucking companies send out 80,000-pound, 80-foot-long tractor-trailers to drive hundreds of miles on the same highways that you and I use. Whether you call them tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, or semi-trucks, they can’t stop as fast as most vehicles, can’t turn as quickly, and are sometimes on the road for 10 hours or more per day. Our country gives truck companies the privilege of using public highways to make a profit, but that privilege comes with responsibility: truck companies must not endanger private citizens.
But sometimes these large vehicles cause serious accidents that hurt people. Hiring a knowledgeable and dedicated truck accident lawyer who understands how to hold truck companies accountable is important.
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As soon as a collision happens, most trucking companies move to cover their tracks. They hire ‘investigators’ who rush to the scene of the wreck and they hire lawyers to deny that the company did anything wrong. But when we cross-examined this truck company owner, the truth came out.
Trucking companies often deny responsibility when they should admit it. Through this cross-examination of the trucking company’s Safety Director, we got to the heart of the matter.
After a terrorist attack overseas in which a commercial truck was driven into a crowd of innocent people, news reporters sought out Butler Tobin for expert analysis of the dangers created by a large commercial vehicle.
In this tractor trailer case, Butler Tobin obtained the monthly newsletters of the trucking company that crashed into our client. We learned that at the time of the collision, the company was under investigation by the federal government because its truck drivers were driving for too many hours consecutively, which put other vehicles at risk. During cross-examination, the trucking company’s ‘safety director’ denied that the company was under investigation. We were ready with the evidence.
The size and weight of the commercial vehicle will determine what commercial drivers license is needed by the truck driver in order to be authorized by the State of Georgia to drive the truck on Georgia roadways.
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Most trucking companies honor these responsibilities. Most hire competent drivers, maintain their trucks well, and ensure that their drivers stay rested.
But some trucking companies don’t—and when that happens, the injury can be tragic. Whether the trucker was driving too fast, created a “runaway truck,” drove under the influence, drove too long on too little sleep, or operated a truck that wasn’t in safe condition, the truck accident lawyers at Butler Tobin can help you with your truck accident and injury.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a truck accident, contact our personal injury lawyers today.