Beasley Allen lawyers have handled a huge number of cases involving big truck accidents resulting in deaths and serious injuries. As trial lawyers handling trucking cases, our duty is to hold unsafe trucking companies and unsafe truck drivers accountable. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the rate of truck accidents and fatalities has increased in recent years. Analysis of the most recent published data shows that in 2017 a total of 4,889 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, a 9% increase from 2016. From 2016 to 2017, large truck and bus fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled by all motor vehicles increased by 6.8%, from 0.146 to 0.156. The number of large trucks involved in injury (non-fatal) crashes increased by 5%, from 102,000 to 107,000.
Any time a crash occurs involving a large truck or bus, it is vitally important to send an expert investigator to the scene immediately and to schedule inspection of the vehicles. Evidence related to the cause of the crash must be located, recorded and preserved. Time is of the essence. Insurance companies for trucking companies often have an investigator on call 24/7 who will sometimes arrive before the wreck is cleared. Beasley Allen lawyers had a case recently where the insurance company’s investigator could not reach the scene due to traffic being backed up for miles. The investigator chartered a helicopter and landed in a field near the crash site while the emergency services were still treating the victims.
Beasley Allen has seven highly skilled in-house investigators on staff who can travel to the scene of a crash on short notice. In addition to recording and preserving all available evidence, our investigators are trained to look for potential auto-product defects and potential third-party claims.
There are many types of additional claims that can be overlooked in trucking cases including: roof crush, rollover, seat belt defects, tire failure, fuel system fires, under-ride, improper loading, broker & shipper liability, and many others. Our law firm has successfully filed and resolved all of these type cases many times. Products liability cases may often be hidden in a truck wreck accident. It is important to know what to look for in order to fully evaluate all aspects of your case. Any accident that results in catastrophic injury, such as death, paralysis, amputation, burn or brain damage should be reviewed in order to determine if a products liability claim is present.
If you suspect an accident is the result of a product liability or other type claim, Beasley Allen lawyers welcome the opportunity to investigate the potential claim with you. Contact Rob Register or Cole Portis. Rob is an experienced lawyer in our Atlanta office and Cole, who heads up the firm’s Personal Injury & Products Liability Section, is located in Montgomery. Chris Glover, Managing Attorney in our Atlanta office, also has written a book to help other lawyers investigating truck crashes. Lawyers can order or download a free copy of the book, An Introduction to Truck Accident Claims: A Guide to Getting Started, on our publications page.
This story appears in the August issue of The Jere Beasley Report. For more like it, or to subscribe, visit the Report online.