With the increased demand for food shipments and medical supplies, truck drivers are spending more hours behind the wheel. And now that the economy is opening back up, passenger vehicles are beginning to get back on the roads as well. Anytime large trucks and passenger vehicles share the road there is the likelihood for serious, catastrophic accidents. If you or a loved one is injured in one of these wrecks then a truck accident lawyer can help you recover from your financial loss and emotional distress.
In response to the recent Pandemic, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a nation-wide relief on the hours-of service (HOS) regulations for commercial drivers transporting emergency supplies. This means that certain truck drivers are no longer required to stop and rest after driving for 11 consecutive hours in a 14-hour day. Drivers are still required to rest in between deliveries but allowing them to drive for longer periods of time will likely lead to more fatigued truck drivers and the possibility of more truck accidents.
The Financial Impact of Truck Accident Injuries
Because of their heavy weight and the force of their impact, most large trucks that involve passenger vehicles cause catastrophic, life-changing injuries or have fatal results.
Life-changing injuries include traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries, internal injuries, or paralysis. They can result in huge financial burdens to the injured person and their family. Not only will there be mounting bills due to medical treatment, the injured person may be out of work temporarily or permanently. Below are some examples of the types of financial strain that we see with catastrophic injuries.
Spinal Cord Injury or Paralysis – Someone who is paralyzed will need special accommodations for their home and transportation. They may need to have their house renovated with larger doorways for wheelchairs to fit through, their bathrooms remodeled to be handicapped accessible, entryway ramps installed outside the home, and a mobility van purchased to allow for transportation.
Traumatic Brain Injuries – Depending on its severity, the injured person may or may not be able to care for themselves. A nurse or caregiver may need to provide 24-hour assistance, which could be temporary or permanent.
Fatal Injuries – If the deceased person was the sole caregiver or main earner for the family, then his/her family may suffer a devastating financial burden.
Trucking v. Car Accident Cases
Trucking accidents are specialized cases that need an experienced truck accident lawyer to ensure full financial recovery. One difference between trucking and car accident cases is determining who is at fault. In a traditional car wreck the at-fault driver is typically the only negligent person. In trucking cases, however, there may be multiple negligent parties, including the commercial trucking company, the shipper/loader of cargo, or the manufacturer or distributor of trucking products. In addition, trucking company insurers are very experienced with injury claims involving their drivers and will often try to get the injured person to accept a lump-sum settlement even though it may not fully compensate them for their loss.
Contact our Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer
Not every personal injury lawyer is experienced with handling the complexities of trucking cases. Attorney Jarome Gautreaux is a truck accident lawyer who has years of personal injury experience and has established himself in the field of truck accident cases. Contact Gautreaux Law today for a free evaluation of your case. 478-238-9758 (Macon) or 888-876-6935 (Toll-Free).