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Savannah Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck accidents often lead to severe or permanently disabling injury and death. These crashes generally involve serious injuries that can present a significant emotional and financial burden on a victim and his or her family. If you or a loved one recently suffered harm in a truck accident in Savannah, you need the help of an experienced law firm. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation. The Savannah attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP are uniquely equipped to take your case. Contact us to schedule a free case evaluation.

  • We’re one of the most experienced firms in Georgia, with over 30 years of experience. In our time practicing personal injury law, we’ve represented clients in over 30 states throughout the country.
  • We stand by our practice with a proven record of success. We’ve secured multiple settlements in excess of $100 million, one of which is the largest collected judgment in the United States.
  • We offer our services on a contingency-fee basis, which makes our legal services accessible to all that need them.

Types of Truck Accidents

Truck accidents, because of the sheer size and weight of the vehicles involved, are often catastrophic. Unfortunately, these accidents can occur in a number of ways, putting all drivers on the road in danger. Some of the most common types of truck accidents include:

  • Jackknifing. Often the result of abrupt braking or inclement weather, jackknifing occurs when a truck cab and cargo move in different directions, often into another lane of traffic.
  • Rollover. When a truck driver loses control of a truck at high speeds, a rollover can result, posing a serious danger to all drivers around it.
  • Tire blowout. Trucks put in hundreds of miles on the road each day, which can lead to serious wear and tear on the vehicle’s tires. Improper maintenance can lead to tire blowouts, which can cause a semi to lose control.
  • Blind spots. Trucks have much larger blind spots than ordinary cars, because of the sheer size of the vehicle involved. Unfortunately, this can cause semi-truck drivers to turn into other cars on the roadway.

Who Is Liable?

Determining liability in a trucking accident is notoriously complex. Truck drivers and their employers must follow both state and federal laws that apply to trucking. When they fail to follow one of them, they may be guilty of negligence. However, these are not the only parties that may be liable for an accident. Any of the following may be wholly or partially responsible for a trucking accident:

  • The driver of the truck
  • The truck driver’s employer
  • The manufacturer of the truck
  • The government entity responsible for maintaining the roadway

The complexity of the liability involved necessitates an attorney. Often, these cases involve multiple parties who may share the blame for the victim’s injuries. An attorney can help determine the parties responsible and negotiate on the victim’s behalf to assure a fair settlement based on the full extent of his or her damages.

A truck accident case may involve several types of damages. These include:

  • Compensation for economic harm. Medical bills, lost wages, loss in earning capacity, and projected costs of future medical care fall under economic damages.
  • Reimbursement for intangible losses. So-called “general damages” include physical pain, suffering, loss in life quality, or loss of partnership or consortium, in the case of catastrophic injury or wrongful death.

Get Experienced Legal Help for Your Truck Accident Case

If you or a loved one recently suffered harm in an accident involving a commercial motor vehicle or semi-truck, you need the help of an attorney. The firm at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP can represent your rights and demand fair compensation for your injuries, pain, and suffering. To schedule a free case evaluation and to learn more about your legal options, contact us.