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Holding trucking
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At Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, our Georgia trucking accident attorneys hold trucking companies accountable when their carelessness results in catastrophic and fatal collisions.

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Firm Overview

Commercial vehicles can create hazards for other drivers on the roadway. Trucks travel thousands of miles and spend many hours on the road for days at a time, which requires stringent maintenance to avoid malfunctioning. Truck drivers also log long hours, spending days or weeks at a time behind the wheel with minimal rest while delivering goods across the country. These drivers must also follow rules set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA). Despite these regulations, the FMSCA reports:

  • Approximately 464,000 commercial trucks undergoing roadside inspections in 2016 were found to be in violation of one or more rules.
  • Nearly 161,000 drivers had serious violations upon roadside inspection.

Commercial truck drivers and the companies who employ them have an obligation to follow protocols and to put safety first. If they fail in this obligation, the attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP will hold them accountable for their negligence, especially if it led to catastrophic or fatal injury. Our experienced trucking accident attorneys handle all types of commercial trucking collisions, including:

  • Tractor trailer accidents. Our firm will work to hold the negligent party responsible and provide you with financial security. This applies to not only trucking companies and their employees, but also the manufacturers of malfunctioning equipment or even governmental agencies.
  • Dump truck and log truck accidents. Operators of log trucks and dump trucks must adhere to strict safety regulations. We help victims of log or dump truck wrecks receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and the pain and suffering associated with the accident.
  • Commercial vehicle accidents. Semis and big rigs aren’t the only dangers on the road. Our truck accident attorneys also handle cases involving delivery trucks, government vehicles, tankers, and more.

At Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, we believe that experience drives results. Our firm has a history of winning major settlements and court judgements for victims of trucking accidents and their families. If you’ve been in an accident involving a big rig, semi-truck, or other commercial vehicle, contact us to discuss your legal options.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

When we take on a trucking accident case, we work tirelessly to find the source of the negligence and preserve evidence for court. In our years of practicing truck accident law, we’ve identified several

common causes for severe and fatal truck accidents:

  • Commercial rules violations. The FMSCA protects the public from trucking incidents by setting regulations for maintenance and logged hours. When a trucking company or its employees violate these standards, disaster can result.
  • Negligent hiring. Employers of truck drivers have an obligation to thoroughly vet and investigate every employee, from his or her driving history to any record of substance abuse. When a company fails to investigate its drivers, it may be legally liable when a driver’s negligent actions lead to injury.
  • Inadequate truck maintenance. Commercial drivers and their employees have strict legal responsibilities when it comes to maintaining and inspecting vehicles. Failure to adhere to these responsibilities is considered negligence.
  • Lack of training. Truck companies are responsible for a driver’s training and his or her behavior on the road. Companies must adequately train and inform employees of regulations.

Distracted, tired, or impaired drivers. Truck drivers can cause serious accidents when they spend too many hours on the road, drive with distractions, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Your Trucking Accident Attorneys

Truck drivers and the companies who employ them have an obligation to keep you safe on the road. If you incurred serious injury as the result of a negligent driver, contact us for a free initial consultation. We’re committed to holding the negligent parties responsible and helping your family find the financial security to heal. We offer our services on a contingency fee basis, so you’ll only pay if we win a settlement or judgement on your behalf.