South Georgia Truck Accident Attorney

Why do I need to hire a Semi Truck Accident Lawyer?

Trucking Accident LawyerTrucking wrecks involving tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers and other large trucks used for commercial purposes create unique legal issues.  To show you he has this understanding, lawyer John Phillips even enrolled in 18 wheeler driving school to better understand the perspective, challenges and rules of the road as a truck driver. Many of these wrecks are caused by a truck driver’s fatigue, abuse of drugs, sleep deprivation, the pressures of long-haul driving, aggressive driving, simple negligence or weather.

John understands that accidents that result in a trucking injury can be some of the worst impact injuries.  He also understands the new challenges truck drivers face on the road and he wants to be there for you to seek justice for you.

Tractor-Trailer Accident AttorneyPotential Defendants include the truck driver, the truck owner, the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, the manufacturer of any defective or faulty parts, the drivers of other vehicles involved, anyone who failed to properly maintain safety of the rig, the load, the roadway or other hazards, the insurance company or companies representing any of the Defendants and many more.

Whether your truck accident was a semi accident involving a tractor trailer or a regular truck, the Law Offices of John M. Phillips wants to represent YOU! John has experience working on both sides of accident cases involving truck wrecks and knows truck accident law.



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Truck Accidents

Many of the products and goods we rely on daily are now shipped in from areas of the U.S. Combine this with the increasing number of people who shop online for products, and it is easy to see why there seems to be more trucks and tractor trailers on the road than ever before. Unfortunately, this also means an increased likelihood for truck accidents and injuries.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck accidents kill roughly 3,500 people a year in the U.S., while causing serious and potentially life threatening injuries for as many as 90,000 others. Due to the large size and bulk of most big rigs, in the majority of these cases it is other motorists involved in these accidents that suffer the majority of the damages. In looking at the accidents involving cars and trucks, the FMCSA has identified several common types of accidents that occur:

  • Rollover Accidents: These are the most common type of truck accident that occur on American roads, causing severe injuries both to the truck driver as well as other drivers involved. They are just as likely on rural roads as on highways and main thoroughfare, and often result from truck driver errors in navigating turns, as well as from carrying uneven loads.  
  • Side Swipe Collisions: The FMCSA lists these as another common type of accident, often occurring when drivers switch lanes. Collisions occur if the driver fails to look before moving into another lane, or when motorists are in the truck driver’s blind spot.
  • Rear End Collisions: Accidents in which a truck driver hits a motorist from behind or vice versa can be particularly deadly, especially if there are high rates of speed involved. When truckers hit motorists, it is often due to driver inattention or brake failure. When motorists run into trucks, it is often due to following too closely and stalled traffic conditions ahead which the driver fails to see.  
  • T-Bone Collisions: These accidents happen frequently in intersections and when making turns, and can occur due to a lack of navigational experience on the part of the truck driver, as well as to reckless driving behaviors, such as speeding or running red lights.
  • Head On Collisions: One of the most dangerous and potentially fatal types of accidents, these can occur in unfamiliar surroundings, from driver fatigue, or when attempting to pass other vehicles on single lane roads and highways.

Any of the above accidents can result in severe, potentially disabling, and even life threatening injuries for both the truck driver and other motorists involved. When these accidents occur on highways and interstates, they can set off a chain reactions, resulting in multi car pile ups injuring multiple drivers.  

Reasons Behind Trucking Accidents

While some trucking accidents occur due to outside influences, such as road, weather, or traffic conditions, others are caused by conditions that could have been prevented, such as driver inexperience and reckless or illegal driving behaviors. According to truck accident statistics from Ryder, a leader in the commercial trucking industry, the majority of accidents can often be attributed to one of the following factors:  

  • Poor truck maintenance, such as a lack of proper fluids, worn brake systems, improperly inflated tires, and shoddy repair jobs;
  • Cargo related issues, such as improper loading, loading beyond weight restrictions, and unsecured cargo that shifts the truck’s balance when on the road;
  • Driver inexperience and lack of training, resulting drivers who are unaware of the proper precautions to take to avoid accidents, as well as proper braking and navigational techniques;
  • Reckless driving, involving drivers who run red lights, disobey posted speed limits, drive too fast for conditions, fail to yield, or engage in activities that distract their attention while behind the wheel;
  • Drowsy driving, which involves driving while excessively fatigued or falling asleep behind the wheel. This occurs when drivers are pressed to meet quotas that do not allow time for adequate rest periods;
  • Impaired driving accidents, which can result from drivers under the use of alcohol or illegal drugs, as well as from drivers who use stimulants as a means of staying awake during long trips.

While truck drivers are to blame for some of these behaviors, other motorists as well as the trucking company itself may be responsible as well.

What You Need To Know If A Trucking Accident Occurs

When a trucking accident occurs, the injuries you suffer are likely to be severe. You could be facing the need for ongoing medical care and treatment, while being unable to support yourself or your loved ones. While you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries through an insurance company claim or personal injury lawsuit, what you do in the immediate aftermath of the accident has the potential to negatively impact the situation. If you are involved in this type of accident, whether as a truck driver or as a motorist, it is important to take the following steps:

Notify the Highway Patrol or local law enforcement immediately;
Exchange your personal contact and insurance information and your driver’s license and registration numbers with the other drivers involved;
If you are a motorist involved in this type of accident, get the name and contact information for the trucking company the driver is employed by;
Call an ambulance if one is not already on the scene, and get medical care for your own injuries, regardless of how minor they may appear;
Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible.

The police will fill out an accident report listing all the driver’s involved, and it is a good idea to be aware of any witnesses at the scene who may have seen how the accident occurred. Before making any statements to the insurance company or signing any documents, speak with one of our experienced truck accident attorney first, to ensure your rights and interests are protected.

Reach Out to Us for Help

If you or someone you care about is involved in a truck accident, contact the Law Offices of John M. Phillips today. Our attorneys provide the aggressive legal representation you need to hold responsible parties accountable, and can assist you in getting the maximum amount of compensation for the injuries you suffered.


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