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Commercial trucks account for a large number of serious and fatal accidents on Georgia roads every year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides data on large truck crashes in the United States. According to the latest available data from the NHTSA’s 2019 report, there were a total of 4,415 large trucks involved in fatal crashes in the United States in 2018, resulting in 4,862 fatalities. In addition, there were 112,000 large trucks involved in crashes with non-fatal injuries, and 346,000 large trucks involved in crashes with only property damage.

While large trucks represent a relatively small percentage of vehicles on the road, they can cause significant damage and injuries when involved in crashes. When truck drivers and companies fail to adhere to safety regulations and cause a truck accident, our personal injury lawyers are prepared to help at Burnside Law Firm.

At the Augusta, Georgia, law firm of Burnside Law Firm, we represent people and the families of people in Atlanta and throughout Georgia seriously injured or killed in an accident involving a semi or other large trucks in Georgia.

If an 18-wheeler wreck or other commercial truck accident was the cause of the injuries that you or your family member suffered, contact one of our Augusta truck accident attorneys for a free initial consultation.

Tractor Trailer Accidents ∙ Semi Crashes ∙ 18-Wheeler Accidents

When 80,000 pounds on wheels is traveling down the highway with other vehicles, proper precautions are necessary to prevent hazardous conditions that could cause a serious or fatal highway crash. Too often, truck driver negligence or negligence of the trucking company puts other drivers on the road in danger.

Driver fatigue, an improperly loaded semi-trailer or tractor trailer, a defective safety precaution or a traffic violation are some of the factors that contribute to a truck accident. Many of these accidents are completely preventable. The desire to carry more loads in less time pushes truck drivers and trucking companies to violate federal trucking regulations to protect innocent drivers.

Top Causes of Truck Accidents in Augusta

At Burnside Law Firm, we recognize the many reasons why large truck accidents or tractor trailer collisions occur. If you’ve been injured in a vehicle wreck due to any of the following factors, our truck accident attorneys are prepared to fight for your rights at every turn:

  • Driver fatigue: Truck drivers often work long hours and may suffer from fatigue, which can impair their ability to react to changing road conditions.
  • Speeding: Truck drivers may exceed the speed limit or drive too fast for current road or weather conditions, which can cause accidents.
  • Distracted driving: Truck drivers may become distracted by cell phones, radios, or other electronic devices while driving, which can take their attention away from the road and increase the risk of an accident.
  • Improper maintenance: If a truck is not properly maintained, its brakes, tires, or other parts may fail, causing an accident.
  • Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo: Overloading or improperly loading a truck can cause the truck to be unstable or difficult to control, leading to accidents.
  • Driving under the influence: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious issue that can impair a driver’s judgment and reaction time.
  • Aggressive driving: Truck drivers who engage in aggressive driving behaviors, such as tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, or cutting off other drivers, can cause accidents.
  • Weather conditions: Inclement weather, such as heavy rain, snow, or ice, can make driving more difficult and increase the risk of accidents.

It is important for truck drivers and trucking companies to adhere to safety regulations and for other drivers to be aware of the potential dangers of sharing the road with large trucks. If you have been injured in a truck accident in Augusta, Georgia, it is important to seek the advice of one of our experienced personal injury attorney at Burnside Lawn Firm to help protect your rights and pursue fair compensation.

Serious Injuries Can Result from Trucking Accidents in Georgia

In an accident with a large commercial truck, an occupant of a passenger vehicle is likely to be seriously hurt. Substantial economic and non-economic damages can be incurred from the following types of common trucking accident injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injuries: These injuries can occur when the head is struck or violently shaken during a trucking accident, leading to concussions, skull fractures, or other brain injuries.
  • Spinal cord injuries: These injuries can result in paralysis or partial loss of sensation and movement due to damage to the spinal cord.
  • Neck and back injuries: These injuries can result from the force of the impact, causing strains, sprains, or fractures in the neck or back.
  • Broken bones: These injuries can occur when the body is thrown or crushed during a trucking accident, resulting in fractures or breaks in bones throughout the body.
  • Internal injuries: These injuries can occur when the body’s internal organs are damaged by the force of the impact, leading to internal bleeding or other serious medical conditions.
  • Burns: These injuries can occur if the truck catches fire or if chemicals or other hazardous materials are spilled during the accident.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): These injuries can occur as a result of the emotional trauma of the accident, leading to anxiety, depression, or other mental health conditions.

It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a trucking accident, even if you do not immediately notice any symptoms, as some injuries may not be immediately apparent. A prompt call to a truck accident lawyer is also crucial. Our personal injury attorneys in Augusta can help you gather evidence, prove negligence and recover the compensation you deserve after serious or life-threatening truck accident injuries.

What Am I Entitled to After My Truck Accident?

No matter if dangerous highway conditions, inattentive drivers or driver negligence actions caused your accident, you are no doubt left wondering how you will cope with your losses.
Since 1978, our firm has been filing claims on behalf of injured drivers and the families of those lost in fatal truck accidents throughout Georgia. We prepare thorough personal injury or wrongful death claims in order to obtain full compensation for:

  • Medical expenses (past, present and future)
  • Lost wages, future loss of income and loss of earning potential
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Other out-of-pocket expenses

Who Can Be Held Responsible in a Semi Truck Accident?

In Georgia, multiple parties may be liable for a truck accident, depending on the circumstances of the accident. Here are some of the potentially liable parties in a truck accident:

  • The truck driver: If the truck driver was negligent or reckless in their driving, such as driving while fatigued or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they may be liable for the accident.
  • The trucking company: If the trucking company did not properly train, supervise, or monitor their drivers, or if they failed to maintain their vehicles properly, they may be held responsible for the accident.
  • The truck manufacturer: If the accident was caused by a defect in the truck, such as faulty brakes or a defective steering mechanism, the truck manufacturer may be liable for the accident.
  • Other drivers: If another driver caused the accident by driving recklessly or negligently, they may be liable for the accident.
  • Government entities: If the accident was caused by a hazardous road condition, such as a pothole or malfunctioning traffic signal, the government entity responsible for maintaining the road may be held responsible for the accident.

Determining liability in a truck accident can be complicated, and it often requires a thorough investigation of the accident scene, review of medical records, and interviews with witnesses. These can be sensitive and detailed steps of the legal process that can drastically impact your compensation. Our Burnside truck accident lawyers are prepared and qualified to help.

Contact Us for Georgia Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a tractor trailer accident or other large truck accident in Georgia or Waynesboro, you should contact a Georgia tractor trailer accident lawyer at the law office of Burnside Law Firm for a free initial consultation.
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We have recovered tens of millions in settlements and verdicts

The attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP have over 30 years of collective experience handling personal injury claims. Over that time, we have helped hundreds of injured people recover the compensation they deserve and need in order to begin putting their lives back together. This list is just a sample of the recoveries we have obtained for some of our clients here and during our time at our former firm, Burnside Wall LLP. Obviously, success in obtaining significant judgments and settlements for other clients is no guarantee of success in your case. Each case must be evaluated and handled based on the individual merits of that particular case. To discuss the facts of your case and learn more about your legal rights, contact one of the personal injury attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP for a free initial consultation.

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Meet The Team

Thomas R. Burnside III Personal Injury Attorney

Thomas R Burnside III

Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

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Garon Muller Personal Injury Attorney

Garon Muller

Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor is an experienced trial attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina. At the Burnside Law Firm, Robert devotes his practice to protecting the rights of individuals who have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness and represents those who have been injured in automobile collisions or tractor-trailer accidents; because of a slip and fall; and in other general negligence actions.

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Ashton Revollo

Ashton is a trial lawyer in Augusta, GA who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered serious injuries or damages due to the negligent or reckless conduct of others, including automobile wrecks, job-related accidents, unsafe premises, or defective
products. Before beginning his practice, Ashton obtained his J.D., at Emory University School of Law, where he gained valuable courtroom experience as an intern assisting the District Attorney for DeKalb
County. After his time at Emory, Ashton received experience as a trial attorney at a respected personal injury firm in Atlanta before moving to Augusta. Over the course of his career, Ashton has assisted deserving clients in recovering millions of dollars in injury cases throughout Georgia.

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After my car accident they helped me every step of the way! They were up front and answered any questions I had! They negotiated the insurance and got a higher settlement than was offered! I would definitely use them again!

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In November 2017, I was in a car accident and I decided to seek out legal assistance. I chose to go with Burnside Law Firm, LLP because of their five star rating. My inital consultation was with attorney, Mr. Garon Muller. I knew immediately that I wanted Mr. Muller to take my case. His professionalism and expertise in personal injury made my decision easy. Mr. Muller maintained his professionalism throughout my case. He kept me updated on a regular basis via telephone or email. He was always available to me when I call. I did not have to wait 24 hours to get a call back from him. I would greatly recommend Mr. Muller and the Burnside Law Firm, LLP.

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Burnside Law Firm is who you want to represent you. Mr. Muller came to our house for a free consultation without hesitation. He guided us and overcame every obstacle we encountered. He secured the maximum insurance limits for us and we couldn't be more happy. If you are injured, DO NOT attempt to recoup compensation without the expertise of a trusted, skilled and able law firm to be your voice. THANK YOU MR. MULLER!!!

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Garon Muller with Burnside Law Firm makes client satisfaction his priority. Mr. Muller made sure that I had a lucid understanding during every discussion. He never made a decision without my input and made me feel like we were partners. Garon Muller was very professional and push for the maximum dollar amount from the insurance company. Me and my family considered ourselves blessed to have been represented by Garon Muller with Burnside Law Firm. We highly recommend Garon Muller and Burnside Law Firm! Burnside Law Firm staff are exceptional and exceeded our expectations.

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    2919 Professional Pkwy

    Augusta, GA, 30907

    Phone: (706) 432-8320


    325 North Milledge Avenue

    Athens, GA, 30601

    Phone: (706) 227-4264