Semi Truck Accident Attorney

Semi truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries. This is due to the fact that a fully loaded semi truck will outweigh a passenger vehicle by 80,000 lbs or more.  The impact between a semi truck and passenger vehicle often results in the passenger vehicle receiving the brunt of the damages while the semi truck remains relatively unscathed.  The disparity in weight between a semi truck and passenger vehicle is a recipe for disaster when the two vehicles collide.  You could be seriously injured or lose a loved one in a horrific semi truck accident.  The attorneys of KIM LAW will help you recover the compensation you deserve for the injuries and damages you sustained from the semi truck accident.

KIM LAW devotes its practice solely to personal injury law.  The attorneys have recovered MILLIONS of dollars for their clients. Edward F. Kim, Esq. is the principal attorney of KIM LAW.  AVVO.com rated him as “Superb” for his outstanding work the past 10 years.  Edward F. Kim and his attorneys will fight zealously for their clients to deliver satisfaction for each and every client.

Causes of Semi Truck Accidents

Congress created the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to combat the frequency and severity of semi truck crashes.  The FMCSA conducted a study to determine a list of risk factors associated with semi truck accidents.  Several factors accounted for at least 10% each of the relative risk associated with a semi truck accident.

Brake Problems

The single largest risk factor for semi truck accidents are brake problems.  Semi truck accidents are most likely to occur when the vehicle’s brakes fail.  A common reason for brake malfunction occurs when the brakes are worn and have not been replaced.  Brake failure can lead a semi truck driver to lose control and rear end the car in front of it or t-bone a car at an intersection, resulting in serious injuries for all parties involved in the semi truck accident.

Focus On The Driver

Most risk factors in the FMCSA study are attributed to the semi truck driver, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Lack of familiarity with the road
  • Drug use, both over-the-counter and prescription
  • Driver fatigue, accompanied by inadequate surveillance, and/or work pressure from the carrier

The experienced Atlanta semi truck accident attorneys of KIM LAW are familiar with these factors and will help you determine who is at fault for the accident, how the accident occurred, and deliver the compensation you deserve for the injuries you sustained.

A Closer Look At Driver Fatigue

Driver fatigue is a common factor of semi truck accidents.  Everyone has experienced getting behind the wheel of a car and struggling to keep their heavy eyes open.  Imagine the driver of a 40 ton vehicle dozing off at the steering wheel.  The resulting dangers of a sleepy semi truck driver are real, catastrophic, and often times, deadly. 

 

FMCSA not only studies semi truck accidents, but also regulates the duration of a drive.  The regulations are strict and are designed to prevent accidents and protect the semi truck driver and all other drivers on the roads.  The regulations are enforced through the use of electronic driver logs that detail the time, length, and duration of a semi truck driver’s journey.

FMCSA regulations define the “duty period” as 14 hours.

 A semi truck driver may drive a maximum of 11 hours during a duty period.  The driver must have an off-duty break during this period.  If it has been more than eight hours since the driver took an off -duty break lasting 30 minutes, the driver is not permitted to drive more than eight hours even if time still remains in the duty period.  At the conclusion of a duty period, a driver is not permitted to drive again until at least 10 hours has passed.  If a driver drives at least 60 hours in seven days, the driver must log at least 34 off-duty hours.

Injuries From Semi Truck Accidents

Based on past clients KIM LAW has represented, our attorneys know that victims of semi truck accidents often suffer various injuries, which include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Neck and/or back injuries
  • Head and/or brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Rib and/or torso injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Surface injuries such as lacerations and bruising
  • Almost always, some form of whiplash due to the seatbelt

 

Tragically, the ultimate injury is death.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a semi truck accident or if a loved one has been killed, contact an experienced Atlanta semi truck accident attorney immediately.  Do not speak with the insurance company.  Let a skilled personal injury attorney handle any discussions with the insurance company to protect the injury claim and provide the best possible outcome for the case.  Contact KIM LAW today for a FREE consultation by dialing 404.JUST.WIN.  KIM LAW will deliver the settlement or judgment you deserve.

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