If your loved one died in a truck accident because of someone else’s negligent behavior, you have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. The Krause Law Firm are experienced Atlanta wrongful death attorneys committed to helping our clients get the financial recovery they are entitled to receive. Our attorneys know how to navigate the intricacies of Georgia’s laws and legal procedures. We are devoted to defending the rights of families in wrongful death cases.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Due to the sheer size of a commercial truck, it is not uncommon for serious injuries or fatalities to occur in an accident. When our clients suspect that their loved one died due to negligence, we perform a thorough investigation of the accident. We review the police report and other documentation verifying what happened. We use our research skills to find out if negligence was attributed to the other driver or other factors. Some common causes of commercial truck accidents are:
- Driver inattention
- Driver fatigue
- Tire blowout
- Lack of truck maintenance
- Cargo not securely loaded and attached
Litigating Truck Accident Wrongful Death Cases
When the truck driver engages in negligent conduct, the truck company is liable if the driver was acting within the scope of his employment. As soon as we take on a wrongful death case, we gather and preserve the evidence quickly. We also interview witnesses. Since the truck company has its own legal team protecting its interests, we work aggressively and efficiently to look out for our client’s interests.
It is important to verify if the truck company complies with federal laws in the manner that it conducts its business. When the truck company is suspected of negligence, some of the materials we review include:
- Accident records
- Driver’s log books
- Witness statements
- Truck maintenance reports
- Truck company’s safety policies
Special Issues In Car And Truck Collisions
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 33,000 people die each year due to traffic-related accidents.
One of the problems in these cases is how to recover the full value of the life. This is because most drivers only can afford liability insurance of $25,000. While, on one hand, $25,000 is a great deal of money, it’s a certainty that $25,000 is not going to compensate a family that has lost a father, mother, husband, sister, brother, daughter or son.
Good lawyers look towards other sources of recovery. For example, if a defendant was driving for a company at the time of the collision, the defendant’s employer can be held responsible under the doctrine of res superior. In DUI caused collisions, plaintiff may file suit against the bar that served the driver under Georgia’s Dram Shop Act, O.C.G.A. § 51-1-40.
Free Consultation with an Atlanta Truck Accident Wrongful Death Attorney
If you are interested in filing a wrongful death lawsuit and want to find out the best legal recourse to pursue, call us at 404.835.8080. Filling out and submitting the contact form on our website is another way to get in contact with our office. A member of our legal staff will promptly get back to you to schedule a free initial consultation at our office location in Atlanta. The Krause Law Firm can help you get the financial recovery you need and make sure the negligent party is held accountable for its actions.