Trucking Accidents

Trucking accidents today

A fully loaded 80,000-pound truck has a lot of kinetic energy and can do great damage to a car — and the occupants inside. According to the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), there are over 13 million large trucks and buses on the road! In the last year reported by the FMCSA, there were over half a million trucking accidents in the United States and over 100,000 injuries. Unfortunately, as the number of large trucks on Atlanta's roadways increases, so too do the number of truck accidents that occur each year. Common causes of trucking accidents, the interplay of applicable laws, and who might be liable if you're injured in a crash with a big rig.

Please let me introduce myself. I am attorney Benjamin O. Bengtson, and trucking accidents are one of my specialties. About half of my cases involve motor vehicle accidents, including truck-related accidents. The trucking companies often have high-powered attorneys working for them. That's why if you have been in an accident with a truck or a bus, you need an experienced truck accident attorney like me working for you.

I represent clients who have had accidents with:

  • 18-Wheelers
  • Passenger Buses
  • School Buses
  • Delivery Vans
  • Cargo Trucks
  • Cement Mixers
  • Construction Trucks
  • Coal Trucks
  • Tanker Trucks
  • Garbage Trucks
  • Semi-Trucks
  • Steel Trucks
  • Tanker Trucks
  • Tow Trucks
  • Tractor-Trailers
  • Big Rigs
  • Logging Trucks
  • Moving Vans
  • Dump Trucks
  • Flat Beds

Trucking Accidents
Top Causes of Trucking Accidents

Instances in which the truck driver or the trucking company are at fault include:

  • Rollovers
  • Distracted driving
  • A sleepy, overworked or fatigued driver
  • A poorly maintained truck
  • Reckless or unsafe driving
  • An unbalanced load
  • An insecure load
  • Driving too fast for conditions such as fog, ice, rain or snow
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs


What to Do if You Are Involved in an Accident with a Truck or Bus

Safety First

  • If you suspect a pile-up is about to happen, get off the road! If possible and you have time, move your vehicle off the road. If you can't do that, get out of your car right away and go to a safe location.
  • If it is safe to do so, put your car in park, turn on hazard blinkers, and turn off the engine.
  • If you have any, you can place cones, triangles, or warning flares to warn approaching drivers of the wreck. But be careful and watch for approaching drivers as you do this.
Get Help

  • If you or someone else is injured, call for an ambulance right away. Then as soon as possible, call me at 404-596-5518.
  • Otherwise, call the police and do not leave the scene until they arrive.
  • Call your insurance company and report the accident.
Be Wise

  • Be polite, but do not tell anyone the accident was your fault, even if you think it was. There may be factors of which you are currently unaware. For instance, you might assume that you pulled out in front of the truck driver, but it could be that he was actually speeding, driving a long way down the turn lane like it was an ordinary lane, had failing brakes, or was driving too fast for conditions.
  • Point out to the police officer anything you think he should know.
Document the Trucking Accident

  • Get the name, address, phone numbers, license number, and insurance information of the truck or bus driver.
  • Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of witnesses.
  • Take pictures of the vehicles, the accident site, and the conditions.

Trucking accidents in Atlanta


LAWYER in Georgio?

Benjamin O. Bengtson—Your Atlanta Georgia Truck Accident Attorney

What Will I Do for You as Your Truck Accident Attorney?

I will give you expert legal advice and counsel.

I will fight hard for you, to make sure you are compensated for damages.

This can include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses
  • Property damage
  • Loss of Income
  • Future loss of income
  • Pain and suffering
I will gather evidence to increase your chances of winning in court.

Where appropriate, this may include:

  • Reviewing police and accident reports
  • Reviewing medical reports
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Examining video footage, including traffic cameras and vehicle cameras
  • Interviewing medical personnel
  • Taking steps to ensure that important records are preserved
  • Obtaining drug and accident testing from the truck driver
  • Consulting experts to obtain important facts
  • Utilizing experts to recreate the accident and the accident scene
You need a knowledgeable and experienced trucking accident lawyer working for you!
Call the law firm of Benjamin O. Bengtson now at 404-596-5518.
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