Hurt or Lose a Loved One in a Log Truck Accident?
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Rural Georgia highways are prime traveling grounds for logging trucks. Some of the worst accidents seen on local highways every year involve these enormous commercial vehicles. The reasons abound for why these accidents can occur, ranging from poor upkeep to unqualified drivers to negligent business practices. If you have been involved in a log truck accident, consider hiring a qualified logging truck accident lawyer to be at your side. We can protect your rights to the maximum extent of the law and fight to ensure that you receive an appropriate settlement.
At McArthur Law Firm, we have a vast repertoire of collective experience between our multi-talented team of attorneys. Over the years, they have won over millions of dollars for their clients because of their dedication and their empathetic passion. With the same compassion and intensity, any one of our accident attorneys will work diligently to ensure your rights are being upheld and that you receive the settlement you deserve.
What Are the Dangers of Logging Truck Accidents?
Logging trucks are some of the largest vehicles on the road. For this reason, drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles are most at risk when it comes to logging truck accidents. There are several ways that logging trucks can pose a danger:
- Improper loading. Logs that have been improperly loaded are more at risk of sliding out while the truck speeds down the highway, most likely causing a horrible accident due to the log(s) hitting one or more cars.
- Speeding. Like many other commercial truck drivers, logging truck drivers are usually on strict schedules. Alternatively, they can have an agreement with the trucking company to get paid by the mile, giving incentives for timely delivery. Whatever the reason behind it, speeding is often a factor in logging truck accidents.
- Unqualified drivers. Logging truck companies can hire independent contractors as log truck drivers. These contractors do not have to follow the same rules and regulations as commercial truck drivers. There are no limitations to their hours and they often receive little to no training concerning the upkeep, inspection and maintenance of the truck in these cases. This lack of education and experience makes many contractors ill-equipped to handle some of the largest and most dangerous vehicles on the road. Drivers involved in a logging truck accident should always be investigated for past accidents, moving violations, and other citations that indicate that a driver is unqualified.
- Defective and/or damaged reflectors on trucks. This can also include faulty or damaged head and tail lights that inhibit the log truck driver’s vision. This is an especially dangerous scenario at nighttime.
- Improper Maintenance on trucks. Logging trucks that have not been properly and continually maintained pose a higher threat on highways. Without maintaining trucks accordingly, chances are high that brakes, tires and other essential mechanics will fail.
Who Is Liable for Logging Truck Accidents?
Accidents involving logging trucks are — more often than not — catastrophic and life-changing events. Due to the extensive damage often associated with such accidents, the cause can be often complex to determine. Oftentimes, more than one party can be held responsible for damages. It all depends on the details surrounding your particular case.
The following are typically the people who can be held liable in logging truck accident lawsuits:
- The driver. Depending on the reasons behind the incident, the truck driver can be held at fault for the accident. They will almost definitely be held responsible if the individual is found to have been speeding at the time of the accident or otherwise failed to maintain their vehicle in such a way to have caused the accident. Usually, the trucking company can be held responsible for the actions of its drivers.
- Trucking company’s insurance company. Trucking companies are required by law to have a certain amount of insurance. This amount is usually much higher than the minimum required by average drivers of passenger vehicles. The insurance company becomes involved in the case that the trucking company is sued in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Severe trucking accidents are a rare case in which— unlike accidents involving passenger vehicles —you can sue the insurance company directly.
- The trucking company. The trucking company can be held liable if they are found to employ negligent company policies. They can further be held responsible for the actions of the logging truck driver.
Questions? Call a Georgia Logging Truck Accident Lawyer Now
If you are a victim that has suffered injuries or wrongful death of a loved one, know that you have rights. While it is true that no amount of money can replace your loved one or the pain and suffering caused by the incident, it does play an essential role in helping you receive the best possible medical treatment and securing a future for you that otherwise feels insecure. Let a logging truck accident lawyer at McArthur Law Firm help you secure what you are rightfully owed.
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