At Mykkeltvedt Carver, LLC, our Atlanta commercial & motor carrier liability attorneys fight aggressively to help injured victims secure justice, accountability, and full financial support. If you or your family member was hurt in a large truck accident or any other type of commercial vehicle crash, we are here to help. To set up a free, no obligation consultation with a Georgia commercial vehicle accident lawyer, please contact our Atlanta law office today

Understanding Commercial and Motor Carrier Liability

There are some unique issues in traffic accident claims involving commercial vehicles. Many commercial vehicles like tractor-trailers, buses and box trucks are classified as “common carriers,” and are subject to some additional, industry-specific safety regulations. These rules and regulations could have an important impact on your case, and it is important to speak with an experienced commercial truck wreck lawyer as soon as possible. Our personal injury law firm handles the full spectrum of commercial vehicle accidents including:

  • Taxi cab crashes;
  • Ridesharing accidents;
  • Large commercial truck accidents (tractor-trailers and box trucks);
  • Delivery vehicle collisions;
  • Construction vehicle wrecks;
  • Bus accidents; and
  • Small truck accidents (tow truck, garbage truck, etc).

What to Know About Commercial Truck Accident Claims in Georgia

Large truck accidents are among the most common—and most catastrophic—types of vehicle collisions. With several major highways running directly through our city, Atlanta sees more than its fair share of tractor-trailer collisions. If you or your loved one was involved in an accident with a large truck, it is imperative that you know how to protect your rights. Here are four key things to know about truck accident liability in Georgia:


A Two-Year Statute of Limitations:

You should take immediate action to protect your legal rights after a tractor-trailer accident. Under Georgia state law (O.C.G.A § 9-3-33), truck accident injury claims—and other commercial vehicle accident injury claims—are typically subject to a two-year statute of limitations. The time frame may be shorter or longer based on other factors, and it is critical that you speak with a seasoned car accident attorney as soon as possible. Call an Atlanta truck accident lawyer as soon as possible after a serious crash.


Liability is Based on Fault:

Georgia is a fault-based liability state for commercial vehicle accident claims, including tractor-trailer accidents. Truck drivers and truck companies are not automatically liable for a collision. To hold a trucking company (or any other defendant) legally responsible for your crash, you must be able to prove that their negligence contributed to the accident. Our Atlanta truck accident attorneys are ready to help you gather and prepare the evidence you need to get justice.


Georgia Recognizes Comparative Negligence:

Commercial vehicle accident claims are complicated. More than one party may be at fault for the same crash. Georgia uses a comparative negligence standard of liability. Under Georgia law (O.C.G.A. § 51-11-7), a plaintiff can still recover compensatory damages even if they are partially at fault for the truck accident. However, the plaintiff’s financial recovery will be reduced proportionally to fault.


Federal and State Safety Regulations Matter:

Commercial trucks are subject to voluminous federal and state highway safety regulations. If a truck driver or truck company violates these regulations, it could result in them facing liability for an accident. For example, there are federal regulations in place that limit how many hours a trucker can drive in a week. If a trucker violates the law, the company may be liable for a resulting crash on the grounds of driver fatigue.

We Help Injured Victims Recover Full and Fair Financial Compensation

Were you hurt in a collision with an eighteen-wheeler or any other type of commercial vehicle? If so, it is essential that you have the tools and resources that you need to maximize your financial recovery. You need compensation to pay your bills and support the people in your life. The unfortunate reality is that commercial vehicles are generally represented by aggressive insurance companies. The big insurance carriers want to pay out as little as possible in compensation for injured victims. Our Atlanta commercial vehicle accident attorneys go above and beyond to help our clients recover every penny that they deserve. A settlement or verdict may include money for:

  • Emergency room care;
  • Hospital bills;
  • Other medical expenses;
  • Rehabilitative treatment;
  • Lost wages;
  • Diminished ability to earn;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Physical scarring;
  • Long-term disability; and
  • Wrongful death.

Why Rely On Our Atlanta Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyers

Tractor-trailer accidents and other commercial vehicle collisions are complex. You do not want to fall behind the defense or its insurance company. At Mykkeltvedt Carver, LLC, we are always proactive. When you call our Atlanta office, you will be able to connect with a top Georgia commercial vehicle accident attorney who can:

  • Listen to your story and answer your questions about the legal claims process;
  • Investigate the commercial vehicle accident, securing the evidence you need;
  • Handle legal paperwork and settlement talks with insurance companies; and
  • Develop a personalized strategy to get you and your family the best results.

With a commitment to providing fully personalized legal guidance and advice to injury victims, our Atlanta truck accident & commercial vehicle accident lawyers have a proven record of successful results in complex cases.

Call Our Atlanta Commercial & Motor Carrier Liability Attorneys Today

If you were hurt in a truck accident or other commercial vehicle crash, we can help. Contact us now to set up a free, no-obligation initial consultation. With a law office in Atlanta, we handle commercial and motor vehicle accident claims throughout Georgia and Alabama.