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As a Georgia truck accidents lawyer, we understand that being involved in any automobile accident, no matter how low the impact, is traumatic. If you’ve ever been in a high speed accident with an 80,000 pound tractor trailer truck, you’ve experienced the terror of a high impact crash and the resulting pain from very serious injuries. In fact, the odds of surviving a truck accident are far lower than those of an average automobile accident. The catastrophic nature of a tractor trailer accident often requires the efforts of a Georgia truck accidents lawyer to help you obtain a fair settlement.
Over 500,000 truck accidents occur in the United States each year, and about 5,000 people die each year in these accidents. When a tractor trailer truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the statistics are far more frightening. Recent statistics show that in an average of 80% of tractor trailer accident cases the occupants of the other vehicle - not the truck driver - are the ones injured or killed.
If you are lucky enough to survive such a dangerous tractor trailer accident that has occurred due to the negligence of someone else, the effects of your ordeal can be long lasting. Brain damage and spinal cord injuries as well as chronic pain due to permanent disability often make working impossible. Loss of income and a decline in quality of life due to injury or the wrongful death of a loved one can be life shattering, and The Law Offices of Jason R. Schultz are well aware of how ruthless insurance companies are in such situations.
Insurance adjusters don’t factor in a lifetime of pain and loss when evaluating your claims and are more interested in protecting their own financial interests. This is where the guidance from a Georgia truck accidents lawyer can be of great help when dealing with insurers. GA trucking accident attorneys with years of litigation experience in such cases may give them the edge when it comes to recovering damages for your injuries.
Jason R. Schultz has expert knowledge of the laws specific to a tractor trailer accident, specifically the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and how they may apply to the wreck. For instance, seriously injured persons need to move quickly to preserve critical evidence before the trucking companies and their insurers "lose" or "erase" valuable black box or other valuable information needed for accident reconstruction. Mr. Schultz has had a great deal of success uncovering hours of service violations, inadequate training, drug use, and negligent hiring and retention of bad truck drivers.
If you are injured in a tractor trailer accident, you are immediately at a disadvantage. Most trucking companies and their insurers and independent adjusters are highly skilled in truck accident investigation and claims practice. Frequently, they will send "go" teams, including lawyers, to the scene of serious truck wrecks within hours of the event. Our Georgia truck accidents lawyer often cautions clients to not give them any type statements or sign any releases for medical records or employment records. Often the medical release allows the adjuster to talk to the doctors without you or your GA trucking accident attorneys being present.
Truck companies have accident investigators that are on call and dispatched to the scene of the crash as soon as the trucking company learns there has been an accident. While the families of the accident victims are tending to medical and hospital care and funeral arrangements, the trucking company is gathering (or destroying) evidence to set up their defense. Victims of commercial trucks or motor carriers also need to a team of investigators on their side, fighting for their rights, as soon as possible after the wreck.
In addition to the dangers inherent in the size and weight of the trucks used in commercial transportation and shipping, a number of factors inherent in the business can contribute to traffic accidents. While most truck drivers and companies are skilled and conscientious, there are conditions that can make trucking extremely hazardous, including inadequate training as to driving technique, safety concerns, and defensive driving, systems of compensation that encourage faster vehicle speeds and more hours of consecutive vehicle operation than is safe for the motoring public, unrealistic schedules and expectations of trucking companies that encourage drivers to hurry, despite safety risks involved; and lack of any "real" safety or maintenance programs for the equipment and drivers. If you are injured in a commercial trucking accident, you need to consult GA trucking accident attorneys with experience in handling tractor trailer accident cases.
Georgia truck accidents lawyer Jason R. Schultz will use the state and federal laws to work in your favor. The trucking company, driver, shipper, those that performed truck repairs that had malfunctioned, or the government entity that didn’t maintain proper road conditions may all be potentially liable in a truck accident, and he will zealously prosecute your case against any of these parties that are guilty of negligence or recklessness that resulted in injury or the wrongful death of someone you love. Federal law requires at least $750,000 in trucking insurance for any commodity that crosses state lines, with higher amounts of insurance for any loads that contain hazardous materials. Large insurance corporations don’t want you to know these numbers because they don’t want to pay the settlement you deserve. Jason R. Schultz knows the numbers, and he will aggressively pursue the compensation that you deserve.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in a tractor trailer accident due to the negligence of someone else, contact The Law Offices of Jason R. Schultz P.C. at (404) 474-0804 or Toll Free (866) 455-4709 or email Jason Schultz at Jason@JasonSchultzPC.com for a consultation. Jason can help you fight large trucking and insurance companies and seek a fair settlement for your tractor trailer accident claim.
For 18 years, The Law Offices of Jason Schultz P.C. has been recovering compensation for clients in the counties of Rockdale, Douglas, Gwinnett, Spalding, Cobb, Henry, Dekalb, Fulton, Clayton, Troup, Carroll, Fayette, and Coweta as well as in Atlanta, Tyrone, Stockbridge, Senoia, Roswell, Peachtree City, Newman, McDonough, Marietta, Lawrenceville, LaGrange, Jonesboro, Griffin, Fayetteville, Douglasville, Decatur, and Conyers.
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Jason R. Schultz
525 Westpark Drive, Suite 120
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Phone: (404) 474-0804
Fax: (770) 692-3326