Skilled Attorney Handles Fatal Auto and Truck Accident Cases

Compassionate advocates helping families obtain rightful compensation
For nearly 30 years, we at Nicholson Phillips have represented families who’ve lost loved ones in fatal car accidents in Georgia. Any automobile accident can pose a threat to the lives of the drivers and passengers involved. While some crashes are unavoidable, others occur as a result of driver negligence and could have been avoided with responsible driving. When a fatal car crash takes your family member’s life, and the accident was preventable or resulted from negligence or recklessness, it makes the loss even more tragic. In these cases, our law firm can help you and your family file a wrongful death lawsuit to obtain compensation for the financial losses and emotional damages you suffer as a result of the fatality.

When driver negligence leads to a fatality
Car accidents and other motor vehicle collisions kill tens of thousands of Americans every year. In fact, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s annual report, there were 30,196 fatal crashes in 2010 in the United States and 32,855 fatalities from crashes. In the same year in Georgia alone, 1,244 individuals were killed in 1,148 fatal car crashes, trucking accidents, motorcycle collisions and other roadway incidents.

There are countless examples of driver negligence that could lead to the death of your loved one in a fatal car accident in Georgia. The most common include the following:

  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Texting while driving
  • Using other electronics, such as tablets, cellphones or GPS devices
  • Fatigued driving
  • Excessive speeding
  • Disregard for traffic lights and signs
  • Other reckless behavior

Why pursue compensation?
Of course, no amount of money can truly replace what you lose in a northern Georgia fatal auto accident. So why seek compensation at all? With help from a trusted attorney in Marietta, you can hold negligent parties accountable for their actions and obtain compensation for the very real financial effects of losing a loved one in a deadly crash. Your settlement or award in a wrongful death case takes into account the following:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Medical bills
  • Loss of future family income
  • Loss of companionship, care, services, protection and assistance
  • Repair or replacement of damaged property
  • Punitive damages in cases of gross negligence or criminal recklessness

Trucking Accident Attorney Helps Victims Obtain Compensation for Their Injuries

Accidents with large commercial vehicles, such as semis, 18-wheelers and tractor-trailers, involve complexities that do not exist for collisions between passenger vehicles. Marietta truck accident lawyer C. Alan Nicholson has nearly 30 years of experience dealing with the issues pertaining to state and federal truck regulations and the details of the commercial trucking business. Nicholson Phillips knows that all these factors affect the ability of victims to achieve successful outcomes for their cases, and we know how to help clients obtain rightful compensation for trucking accident injuries.

Special issues involved in trucking accidents
At Nicholson Phillips, we have extensive experience leveling the playing field between large trucking firms and our injured clients. We handle cases involving all types of trucking accidents, and represent family members who’ve lost a loved one in a fatal trucking accident.

We have specific knowledge of the issues surrounding 18-wheeler and other large truck accident cases, including the following:

Severe injuries — A passenger vehicle is no match against a semi-truck, tractor-trailer or 18-wheeler that can weigh as much as 40 tons. Even when a trucking accident does not result in fatalities, the driver and passengers in the smaller vehicle often sustain disabling injuries that have profound effects on the rest of their lives.
State and federal laws — Truck drivers must follow all laws governing many aspects of their trips, including weight limits and the rest periods required for long hauls. Marietta truck accident attorneys must remain current on these laws and know how to determine when drivers or their companies flout the laws at the peril of everyone sharing roads with them.
Trucking operations — The manner in which trucking companies run their businesses can pose dangers to others on the road. To save time, they may insufficiently prepare trucks for trips by taking shortcuts in safety inspections or cargo loading. This can cause brake failure, jackknife accidents and other serious issues. Experienced Canton truck accident lawyers often enlist investigative specialists who know how to obtain evidence of shortcuts that caused severe trucking accidents.
Focused legal defense teams — Nicholson Phillips has a history of successfully going against teams of insurance company lawyers that focus solely on defending these nuanced truck accident cases.