The Atlanta Truck Accident Attorney You Can Trust After Your Crash
Gary Martin Hays & his legal team will fight for you
Injured in an accident caused by a commercial truck driver in Atlanta? Confused about what you should do next? Make sure you get accurate information from an experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyer who truly understands how the legal system works here.
Talk to an attorney at the Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates, P.C.
Our lawyers have been handling such complicated cases in the Atlanta area for decades. We're familiar with Atlanta's special laws which prohibit most heavy trucks from traveling inside the I-285 perimeter. And we know what facts matter when building a strong legal case.
That's why we want to meet with you. As your attorney, we can thoroughly review the details of your truck accident, then offer our advice on what we think you should do next. We are prepared to fight for your rights, whether that means negotiating a settlement or filing a lawsuit. With help from our firm, you can make informed decisions about this important legal matter knowing your best interests are being prioritized.
How did your truck accident happen?
Truck accidents happen for many different reasons. In Atlanta, many accidents involve delivery trucks and other smaller box trucks.
That's because larger commercial trucks are prohibited from driving within the I-285 corridor unless they are loading or unloading cargo in the city. But there are often smaller trucks on I-20, I-75, and I-85 inside the perimeter in downtown Atlanta.
Many commercial truck accidents in Atlanta, likely including yours, happen for the following reasons:
- An inexperienced truck driver crashes into your vehicle.
- A distracted truck driver causes an accident.
- A texting truck driver causes a collision.
- A truck driver loses control of an improperly maintained truck.
- A truck driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs causes an accident.
- A truck driver falls asleep at the wheel.
- A speeding truck driver doesn't have enough time to avoid a collision.
Whatever the cause of your Atlanta truck accident, no matter how straightforward or complicated your case might seem, we're here to help you hold the truck driver and anyone else responsible for your crash accountable for their actions.
Types of truck accidents we handle in Atlanta
Large commercial trucks, including semi-trucks and 18-wheelers, are often involved in different types of truck accidents. Understanding these accidents is vital for both truck drivers and other road users. Some of the most common types of truck accidents that happen on Atlanta roads include:
- Jackknife accidents: Jackknife accidents occur when a truck's trailer swings outward from the cab, resembling the angle of an open pocketknife. This can happen when the wheels of the trailer lose traction, often due to slippery road conditions or abrupt braking. The result is a potentially dangerous situation where the truck's control is compromised, leading to collisions with other vehicles or objects on the road.
- Underride collisions: Underride collisions take place when a smaller vehicle crashes into the back of an 18-wheeler or other large vehicle and ends up wedged beneath the trailer. These accidents can have severe consequences, often crushing the passenger compartment of the smaller vehicle, causing significant injuries or fatalities.
- Rollover accidents: Rollover incidents involve a truck tipping onto its side or even rolling over. These accidents can occur due to factors like speeding, sharp turns, or improperly loaded cargo that shifts the truck's balance. Rollovers can result in severe injuries, extensive damage to the truck, and potential hazards for other vehicles on the road.
- Rear-end accidents: Rear-end truck accidents happen due to factors like tailgating, distracted driving, or sudden stops. The significant weight and size of trucks can lead to more severe damage and injuries in such collisions.
- Wide turn accidents: Large trucks, especially tractor-trailers, often make wide turns, especially when turning right. These wide turns can result in collisions or force other vehicles off the road.
- Sideswipe accidents: Sideswipe accidents can occur when changing lanes, merging, or navigating tight spaces. Sideswiping can lead to loss of control, causing further collisions or even sending vehicles off the road.
Why you should trust our law firm
If a truck driver clearly caused your crash, you might think you don't need a lawyer to handle your case. All you have to do is call the police, call your insurance company and they'll take care of everything, right?
Don't be so sure. In many cases, truck drivers deny doing anything wrong. They might even try to claim you did something to cause your accident. And the trucking companies they work for often say the same thing. So will their attorneys and their insurance companies, making it difficult to reach a settlement and get the money you need and deserve.
But they aren't the only negligent parties you may have to deal with after a truck accident. Sometimes, you might need to take legal action against the company that loaded the truck that caused your crash. Or you might need to pursue compensation from the company that created the product or packaging materials. In these cases, you may have to file a truck accident lawsuit
Whatever the circumstances, we're prepared to fight for the money you deserve after your accident. And if any of these companies or attorneys refuse to cooperate with us, we're prepared to take them to court.
Put your trust in an Atlanta truck accident attorney who puts your best interests first. Contact our Atlanta law firm today.