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      Scott Pryor

      Scott is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is listed in the top 1% of trial attorneys in the nation by the Litigator Awards. He is also a member of Super Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association—Champion Level and sits on the Communications Committee of GTLA, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

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      JJ Timmons

      J. J. Timmons graduated from Mercer Law School in 2000. He spent many years thereafter doing insurance defense work in general liability and workers’ compensation for several insurance companies and a major automobile manufacturer. He eventually realized that he was working on the wrong side and has been representing plaintiffs and injured workers for the last seven years.

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      Zahra Jacobs

      Zahra has a background in Project Management and Change Management with 18 years of experience in financial services. Throughout her career Zahra has implemented large scale transformation initiatives of processes and applications keeping people at the forefront. Zahra is very driven and solutions oriented and cares about people. She is also bilingual. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband, beautiful daughter, and their many pets (2 dogs, and 3 cats).

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      Angie Hemmings

      Angie Hemmings joined Scott Pryor Law just last year, and has already made her mark on the Firm. Her previous employment on staff at a local church prepared Angie for her current role in client relations and marketing. Meeting prospective clients, checking in regularly with current clients, and staying in touch with former clients are what Angie is passionate about. She wants you to know that you and your family are important to her.

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      Mr. Abad is an expert with over eighteen years of experience in the legal field, holds numerous degrees, and is bilingual. Over his career, Mr. Abad had the pleasure of training attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, and office staff on legal issues and procedures. He has also taught Introduction to Law and Legal Research and Writing as an adjunct professor at Gwinnett College. He has served in the U.S. Army, and has served with the United Nations in Macedonia as a U.N. Peacekeeper.

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      Kianna Lanier

      Having recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Political Science, Kianna Lanier has long term goals to pursue a career as an attorney. She first recognized her interest in law through her studies in journalism which allowed her to build proficient writing skills. From there she was able to secure multiple internships where she acquired immense knowledge in legal research.

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      Amanda Wood

      Amanda is a great recent addition to the Scott Pryor Law team, and is making a difference daily with her great organizational skills and tenacity.  A transplant to Georgia, she moved to Gwinnett county about six years ago with her husband, two children, and two dogs. When not at work, she enjoys reading, crafting, spending time with her family, and spoiling her new grandbaby.

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      Stephanie Harris

      Stephanie is an experienced client care liaison and administrative legal assistant. Driven by compassion, she takes pride in providing our clients with care, answering questions, office support, and ensuring client satisfaction. When she is not keeping busy with work Stephanie enjoys the outdoors, kayaking, running, and spending time with her family and friends!

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To prevent undue harm, truckers and trucking companies are expected to follow the federal weight limits of commercial vehicles. Failure to do so could be grounds for a civil claim.

If you were harmed in a wreck with a truck and suspect it was caused by being overloaded, you should speak with a well-practiced attorney. A Gwinnett County overweight truck accident lawyer could review your case to determine who is liable for your injuries and hold them accountable for your losses.

Gwinnett County Truck Weight Regulations

A truck that is carrying more weight than it is allowed by law is legally overweight. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Guidelines indicate how much a truck should weigh, and many of the states have similar guidelines. In Georgia, the weight limits for trucks driving on non-interstate highways are as follows:

  • 20,340 pounds for a single axle
  • 40,680 pounds for a tandem axle
  • 61,020 pounds for a tridem axle

All trucking companies must inspect the trucks and their loads before they leave their lot. In Peachtree Corners, if a trucking company fails to weigh the cargo to make sure it is not overweight or overloaded, a lawyer could hold them accountable for a claimant’s injuries.

Trucking companies are held accountable for the actions of their drivers. They are required to train their drivers to inspect the trucks and cargo as part of quality control safety. Most trucking companies have safety measures and safety controls in place.

Trucks carrying overweight loads are quite common as trucking companies try to get away with hauling extra cargo to increase the profit per shipment. Unfortunately, it is very common for trucking companies to have unsafe cargo, and it is difficult to regulate since there are many trucks on the road.

What are the Risks of an Overloaded Truck?

Sometimes cargo may not be overweight, but it may be bulky and could shift during transportation. Certain cargo creates its own unique set of challenges and risks when transporting. The trucking company needs to be careful:

  • What they carry
  • How they carry it
  • How they secure it
  • What combination of trucks and trailers they use to transport that cargo
  • What speeds can be safely attained with this cargo
  • To take safety precautions for wide loads

Each type of cargo has its own set of circumstances surrounding it. The shipper or the trucking company needs to be aware of the unique challenges associated with each load. Failure to accommodate these challenges could be grounds for an attorney to file an overweight truck accident claim.

Dangers to Other Drivers

If a truck is overweight or overloaded, it will take longer to stop. With vehicles in front of them and vehicles around them, this could create an accident if the driver is not alert. Serious injuries such as head trauma, paralysis, broken bones, major burns, scars, cuts, or even death can all occur in overweight trucking collisions.

Risks to Infrastructure

When a truck is overweight or overloaded, it is harder on the roads because it causes the roads to disintegrate more quickly and develop potholes or other defects. If the overload is too high, the truck may damage bridges or other physical structures, in addition to other motorists.

Who is Liable for Overweight Trucks Wrecks?

In the event a truck accident does occur, the trucking company responsible for the vehicle is primarily liable for an accident. A truck driver is responsible for their actions if they were not driving responsibly and following trucking laws and requirements. A lawyer in Gwinnett County could help determine whether a negligent trucker or overweight commercial vehicle is responsible for the collision.

Speak with a Gwinnett County Overweight Truck Accident Attorney Today

Trucking companies that fail to adequately train their employees or inspect truck cargo to ensure it is not overweight or overloaded could be held accountable for any accidents these mistakes cause. If you or a loved one was hurt in a wreck involving an overloaded truck, schedule a consultation to discuss your legal options. A Gwinnett County overweight truck accident lawyer could be a vital asset to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Call now.

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