Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer in GA

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Updated July 1, 2021

Truck Accident Lawyer in Douglasville, Georgia

Truck Accident Lawyer in Douglasville Georgia, Murphy Law Firm

Our goal is to make sure anyone, regardless of their financial circumstances, can receive the help they need from a truck accident lawyer at Murphy Law Firm.

When you or someone you love is injured in a truck accident, it’s important to act fast and contact an experienced truck accident lawyer. Why? Because…

Trucking companies have a team of experienced attorneys and
They’re ruthless when it comes to protecting themselves from fault.

They don’t care about you, your injuries, your family or your bills. If this accident is more than 24hrs old then they’ve probably already been in touch.

  • Have they already asked you for a statement?
  • Are they already denying it was their fault?
  • Have they already made it seem like it was YOUR fault?

The good news is that we have decades of experience handling these truck accident cases in Georgia and we are NOT afraid to fight for you!

Truck drivers often have multi-million dollar insurance policies, and more than one party may be held responsible for the negligence of that truck driver. That means having a lawyer on your side can result in a much bigger payout as we know how to hold everyone accountable for the part they played in the accident.

Have you or a loved one injured after a truck accident?
Call Attorney James Murphy
770-577-3020 for FREE Legal Advice!


Making a Claim with a Truck Accident lawyer

We are here to protect you. We don’t get paid if you don’t get compensated. We are instantly invested in your case and we are NEVER afraid to go to court.

Call us for FREE LEGAL ADVICE and we’ll go over your case and let you know what the next steps are – no pressure at all. Then if you do decide to move forward with us, then we’ll handle all aspects of your case for you. That way you can relax and focus on healing while we do the hard work.

We hate that the insurance companies try to bury accident victims in piles of paperwork and confuse them with legal hoops. That’s why we do what we do. We fight for normal people like you so that these huge insurance companies can’t take advantage of them! 

If you happened to have been in that position, let us help you to sort out the challenges. Murphy Law Firm will provide you with legal representation regardless of your personal financial situation – we operate on a contingency fee basis, so we don’t get paid until we win your case. 

Serious accidents can be life’s most stressful experiences. We are here to take that stress away and let you focus on healing. Call 770-577-3020 for FREE Legal Advice Today!

Truck Safety Regulations are on your side

Federal laws set out the regulations and safety standards for commercial vehicles. 

This means that if you are involved in an accident with a truck in Georgia or any other state, the vehicle should meet minimum standards. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has a mission to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses by improving commercial motor vehicle safety through “regulation, education, enforcement, research, and technology.” If you are involved in an accident with any truck or motor carrier that doesn’t meet the safety standards, the FMCSA will investigate.

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#1 cause of Truck Accidents

Unfortunately, driver fatigue is still the biggest cause of truck accidents. In a Harvard study, about 25% of drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel, 50% of professional truckers stated their awareness of this being true.

This is still true, even though the regulations are strict and electronic logging devices (ELDs) have been mandatory since 2017. These devices record journey and rest times and they are much harder to manipulate than the old paper logs. The FMCSA reports that ELDs protect drivers from pressure to drive when they are too tired and that they:

  • Save $570 million annually through crash reductions
  • Save $2.4 billion annually in paperwork and
  • Deliver total annual savings of $1.2 billion

The rules on ELDs mean that, if you’ve been involved in an accident with a semi-truck or any other regulated driver who has not followed the rules on rest times, you will have clear grounds for a claim. In fact, if you are involved in an accident with any commercial vehicle – semi-truck, large truck, or bus – and the driver or owner has broken the rules or the vehicle doesn’t meet the standards for safety, the FMCSA will get involved in your claim.

Georgia Specific Rules for all commercial vehicles:

In addition to Federal laws, the Georgia Department for Public Safety is responsible for regulating all vehicles that carry members of the public. This means that all buses, coaches, and limousines need to follow these additional standards:

Driver registration: From July 1, 2015, all drivers are required to register under the Georgia Intrastate Motor Carrier (GIMC) Registration Program.

Driver health: All drivers must hold a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate from a Medical Examiner with valid certification on the National Registry.

Tired driver rules: “In accordance with Title 49 CFR Parts 350 and 395, intrastate carriers operating solely in Georgia must comply with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) final rule beginning January 1, 2019. Drivers and carriers who currently utilize the short-haul (100 or 150 air miles) exception contained in 49 CFR 395.1(e) or who are required to complete a record of duty status 8 days or less in a 30 day period are exempt from the ELD requirement.”

Who is covered by the rules: rideshare network services, transportation referral services, transportation referral service providers, and certain taxi services doing business or operating in the state of Georgia must all register with the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

5 Things to Know About Truck and Tractor-Trailer Accidents

The Policy Advice website highlights 5 key statistics about truck accidents, based on data from across the United States. They say that:

  1. A 52% increase in these accidents has been noted since 2009.
  2. 74% of all fatal passenger vehicle cases include a large truck.
  3. Tire defects account for around 30% of all truck-related accidents.
  4. Most of these accidents occur during the day — between noon and 3 PM, up to 19%.
  5. 68% of all truck fatalities are passenger vehicle occupants.

Our tractor-trailer accident lawyer sees too many of these and if you have experienced one yourself let us guide you through the bureaucracy that lies ahead!

Every day, so many drivers rely on highways to get from point A to point B for their livelihood. It only takes one overworked trucker and your whole life could change. Due to the fact that trucks weigh between 20-30 times more than a typical car, accidents involving them can be far more severe.

FAQs for Truck Accident Lawyers in Douglas County

Making a Claim with a Semi Truck Accident lawyer

At Murphy Law Firm, we want you to be able to get legal help regardless of your financial situation.

  • We are here to protect you.
  • We don’t get paid if you don’t get compensated.
  • We are instantly invested in your case and we are NEVER afraid to go to court!

Call us for FREE LEGAL ADVICE and we’ll go over your case and let you know what the next steps are – no pressure at all. Then if you do decide to move forward with us, then we’ll handle all aspects of your case for you. That way you can relax and focus on healing while we do the hard work. 


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We want to help you get through one of the most stressful experiences you can have. Tell us about your car accident and one of our Personal Injury Lawyers will review it, for free, within one business day.