Truck accidents are devastating events that can result in enormous losses for the victim and complex lawsuits. Being hit by a garbage truck, hauling truck, logging truck or a tractor trailer often causes serious injuries or fatal consequences. These truck accident cases require a thorough investigation and knowledge of the federal regulations that govern truck drivers, and extra time and effort from personal injury lawyers.
The skilled professionals at Banks Stubbs and McFarland, LLP understand the nuances of truck accident litigation and know what evidence is needed to win the lawsuits. Our legal team will work tirelessly to uncover all evidence surrounding the cause of the tractor trailer crash. We only serve the victims of accidents and never represent insurance companies. Our law firm is in Cumming, GA and handles truck accident cases throughout Northern Georgia.
If you’ve been in a truck accident, let the attorneys of Banks, Stubbs and McFarland earn you the justice you deserve. Call 770-887-1209 today or contact us with the form below to receive a free case review of your claim.
“Parker represented me in a personal injury case (automobile accident). I had grown weary in dealing with insurance company in an effort to retrieve the minimal medical expenses incurred. As it turns out Parker was able to settle for 5 ½ times the amount of the medical bills! The investigation into the at fault driver’s driving history and the briefing on potential punitive damages caused by a pattern of dangerous driving made the difference. I am grateful for Parker’s expertise in as much as I am for his professionalism, genuine care and concern.”
– Kelly T.
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How are Truck Accidents Different from Car Accidents?
Truck accidents are often more deadly than auto accidents. The term “truck accident” is used to describe a crash with a commercial vehicle whether the truck is a big rig, tractor trailer, 18-wheeler or any other large freight carrier. These trucks are large vehicles that cause ample damage to the other vehicle(s) in the accident. A tractor trailer weighs approximately 70,000 to 80,000 pounds while a passenger car or SUV ranges from 3,000 to 4,000 pounds. A collision with a truck will likely destroy the car and cause serious injury or death to the victim(s). While we recognize that no amount of money can replace the loss of a loved one, we can help you find justice through a wrongful death action or serious injury litigation.
Why Do I Need an Attorney for My Truck Accident Claim?
The driver of a commercial vehicle or tractor trailer is hired by a company to ship goods and cargo. The truck driver could be a full-time employee, a subcontractor, etc. The varying career statuses of truck drivers force truck accident cases to fall under the rules of employment law. The trucking company, shipping company, or retailer must pay a portion of the accident damages that correlates with the truck driver’s position within the company. The business’ payout will also depend on whether the trucking company owned or leased the truck. Insurance companies try to place fault on the injured party to reduce damages. Even if you were partly to blame for the accident, you may still be entitled to financial compensation. Our experienced legal professional will skillfully manage whatever role you played in the cause of the accident and earn you the most compensation possible.
How Truck Drivers Cause Accidents
Tractor trailer drivers must follow typical highway safety laws and demonstrate proper care for their truck and cargo. Truck drivers cause accidents when they:
- Drunk driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Speed or drive aggressively
- Drive while texting or otherwise distracted
- Overload the semi with too much freight/goods
- Cause truck imbalance by improperly distributing the cargo
- Improperly monitor the blind spot present in many tractor trailers
- Drive when they’ve had too little sleep
- Lose control after a tire blowout
- Tailgate other vehicles
- Fail to adjust their driving to handle dangerous weather and traffic conditions
- Ignore traffic signs warning of inclines, curves or other hazards
When a truck driver causes an accident in any of the above ways, they are considered negligent. Thus, a negligent driver is one who did not use proper care while driving and caused bodily injury to the accident victim. We at Banks, Stubbs and McFarland have won hundreds of negligence cases and will earn justice for you with your truck accident claim. Don’t delay in seeking the truck accident attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland to guarantee that critical evidence is preserved to ensure that victims of truck accidents are fully compensated. Choose to fight for your rights and call 770-887-1209 now to consult with our licensed legal professionals.
$2,750,000.00 Tractor Trailer Red Light Violation – Wrongful Death
70 year old man who was killed when a tractor trailer ran a red light on U.S. Highway 441. During litigation following a day long mediation, this case was settled for $2,750,000.00. Other details are omitted due to a confidentiality agreement.
$750,000.00 – Automobile Negligence
Client (V.G.) was injured when an elderly lady attempted to turn left in front of Client on Georgia Highway 369. Client sustained multiple fractures to her ribs, sternum, L1, and T12 and underwent a back surgery.
Client incurred $296k in medical bills. Because Client had a history of previous back injuries and surgery and the other driver claimed that Client hit her, the insurance company only offered $430,000.00 to settle the case prior to litigation.
Attorney Parker McFarland filed a lawsuit in Forsyth County State Court for negligence and following litigation and mediation, settled the case for $750,000.00.
Attorney Parker McFarland drastically negotiated and settled the outstanding medical bills and liens including a $39,000 lien from Medicare which was reduced to $328.24, which greatly increased Client’s net recovery.
$377,250.00 Auto Accident Wrongful Death Suit in Cherokee County, Georgia
Grizzle v. Hickory Flat Grading, Inc., Case No. 04-SC-1806, State Court of Cherokee County
“Lowboy” tractor trailer pulled out in front of the Client’s husband on Georgia 400 in Cumming, Georgia early in the morning which caused the death of the husband. Defense alleged that the client should not collect since he could have seen the truck. On the eve of the jury trial, Parker McFarland’s former firm, McFarland & McFarland, P.C. negotiated this settlement despite the conflicts in evidence and disputed liability.
$281,198.22 Personal Injury Case Settlement in Hall County, Georgia
Client (J.O.) was a passenger in his uncle’s truck in Hall County when the defendant pulled out in front of them, causing a collision. Although the defendant was issued a citation for failure to yield, a witness identified in the police report stated that Client’s uncle was speeding. Moreover, Client’s uncle admitted in his deposition that he had been speeding at the time of the car wreck.
Client underwent elbow surgery, chiropractic care, physical therapy, and numerous injections. Client was diagnosed with herniated discs in his lower back and neck at L4-L5, L5-S1, and C6-C7 and incurred $95,000 in medical bills. Surgery was recommended to treat the disc injuries. Attorney Parker McFarland filed a lawsuit in Hall County State Court. Despite the evidence that Client’s uncle was partially at fault in the automobile wreck, a settlement was reached prior to trial for all of the remaining insurance policy limits of $281,198.22.
$245,000.00 Sideswiped by Tractor Trailer
Clients’ pickup truck was sideswiped by a large 18-wheeler on I-285 in Atlanta. The client was treated at the hospital and eventually required to undergo two arthroscopic knee surgeries four months after the car collision, incurring $46,500.00 in medical bills. Attorney Parker McFarland filed a personal injury civil case in Cobb County on behalf of the client against the driver and his trucking company and settled the case prior to trial for $245,000.00.
Personal Injury Case Settled for $175,000 in Forsyth County
Client (J.V.) was rear-ended by another driver while stopped at a traffic light, totaling Client’s vehicle. Client sustained injuries to her neck including cervical radiculopathy and stenosis at the C5/C6 and C6/C7 disks which ultimately required neck surgery. Client incurred $83,000.00 in medical bills. The insurance adjuster refused to pay for anything above the medical bills. Attorney Parker McFarland filed a lawsuit against the other driver in Forsyth County State Court and settled the case before trial for $175,000.00.