Aggressive Augusta Truck Accident Lawyers
The Augusta truck accident lawyers at T. Madden & Associates offer comprehensive legal counsel in all truck accident cases within Augusta and throughout the Augusta-Richmond County.
A Personal Injury Law Firm Serving the People of Augusta, Georgia
Augusta, Georgia is home to Fort Gordon, and it is internationally famous for hosting the Masters Golf Tournament on August National Golf Course. Interstate 20 provides access to Atlanta, normally about a two-hour commute. I-20 sees more than its share of accidents, however, and it is not the only highway near August that suffers that dubious distinction.
An 18-wheeler truck, weighing up to 40 tons, can be as destructive as a missile when it collides with another vehicle, and even smaller trucks can cause just as much damage. The catastrophic nature of so many truck accidents demands that you seek justice, in the form of full compensation when the accident turns out to have been the fault of the other driver.
Causes of Truck Accidents in Augusta
A trucking accident can be caused by any one (or more) of hundreds of factors. Some of the most common causes are:
- Intoxicated driving (DUI, for example)
- Distracted driving (texting and driving, for example)
- Fatigue due to overwork
- Vehicle malfunction (caused by faulty maintenance or a defective vehicle part)
Many commercial trucking accidents caused by the driver can be traced to a violation of a trucking industry regulation. Violation of a safety regulation is considered negligence per se in Georgia, meaning that it is considered automatic negligence, and the only way the driver can escape liability is to assert that his negligence did not cause the accident.
I was represented by T. Madden and Nicholas Schnyder in my car accident case. They and their staff were very professional, willing to answer any and all of my concerns. If they were not available, I would receive a call back in a timely manner. I am very satisfied with how my case came out and I would highly recommend their services.
— Sawida Gladney, February 5, 2016
Other Kinds of Cases We Accept
At T. Madden & Associates, we practice all forms of personal injury law, including:
- Auto Accidents
- DUI Accidents
- Dog Attacks
- Medical Malpractice
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Negligent Security
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Slip and Fall
- Wrongful Death
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Trucking Accidents
Can I win a claim against the trucking company as well as the driver?
It depends. If the driver was employed by the trucking company, and if the driver was on duty at the time of the accident, you might be able to win a lawsuit against the trucking company without even proving the company negligent. If the driver is classified by the court as an independent contractor, however, the company will not be liable for the driver’s negligence. Most commercial truckers are independent contractors.
Who is entitled to file a claim if the victim died in a truck accident?
If the victim was married at the time of his death, his spouse will be entitled to file a wrongful death claim. Otherwise, certain close relatives and the personal representative of the victim’s estate may file the claim. Damages are divided among next of kin.
What kinds of regulations apply to commercial truck drivers?
A trucker must follow regulations issued by:
Proving the violation of safety regulation is one of the best ways to win a Georgia truck accident claim.
What happens if the accident was partly my fault?
Georgia applies a “comparative negligence with a 50 percent bar” system:
- If you were less than 50 percent at fault, you are eligible for your damages, discounted by your percentage of fault (25 percent, for example).
- If you were more than 50 percent at fault, you are not eligible for damages and the defendant might be able to sue you for damages.
- If you were both 50 percent at fault, neither party can recover damages from the other.
What are “pain and suffering” damages”?
Pain and suffering damages compensate you for the physical and mental anguish suffered, amongst other measures caused by the accident (or injuries stemming from the accident). The compensation for these types of damages is measured by the conscious of an unbiased jury.
What is the statute of limitations and what does it mean?
The statute of limitations sets the deadline by which you must either file a lawsuit against the defendant or give up your claim altogether. In Georgia, the deadline for a personal injury claim is usually two years after the date of the accident (although limited exceptions exist). For a wrongful death claim, the general deadline is two years after the date of death of the victim.
I would like you to negotiate an out-of-court settlement for my claim. Can you accept a settlement on my behalf without my consent?
No, we can’t – and we wouldn’t even if we could.
Yes, You Can Afford to Retain Our Truck Accident Attorneys
At T. Madden & Associates, we simply do not charge upfront fees to our clients. In fact, we never charge a dime until you win your case and the money arrives. If our Augusta truck accident lawyers don’t win your claim for you, you will owe us nothing. Our fee structure is set up so that we only win if you win too — and that’s exactly the way we think it should be.
Make It Happen, Starting Today
If you have been injured in an 18-wheeler accident, call us at 706-524-7784, email us at email@example.com, or send us a message through our online contact page. We can set up a case consultation with one of our Augusta truck accident attorneys and listen to your story, answer your questions and provide an evaluation of your claim.