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Why It Is Important To Properly Identify The Tractor-Trailer Involved In A Wreck

Last Updated on January 29, 2021 by Theodore Spaulding

In this video, attorney Ted Spaulding reviews why is it important to properly identify the tractor-trailer involved in your motor vehicle wreck. He explains the nuances of truck accident cases and how these details help in a truck accident case.


Why is it important to properly identify the tractor-trailer involved in your motor vehicle wreck? Hi, I’m Theodore Spaulding. I’m an Atlanta personal injury trial attorney. I’m the founder here at Spaulding Injury Law. So to answer this question, it seems odd at first. Why do we worry about this? Well, what I mean by properly identifying the tractor-trailer involved is several things. One, obviously making sure that we had the exact tractor-trailer involved in the wreck, there was no hit and run. This is the vehicle involved. Number two is to properly identify it, meaning are we dealing with a commercial trucking company that’s interstate versus intrastate. Different laws may apply depending on whether you’re talking about a interstate tractor-trailer company involved which is one that travels throughout the entire country, and one that is only local to Georgia, meaning they do not deliver goods, products anywhere else other than in the state of Georgia. Totally different laws that may apply. You got to know that, that means insurance laws may be a little bit different, etc.

So that’s what I mean by properly identifying the tractor-trailer involved in your wreck. Some other angles would be is it an intermodal-type truck. That has some other nuances to it. And then, of course, you’re gonna want to find out what is it carrying? Does it have any contracts? Is it leased out? All of those things. All those things flow from properly identifying the tractor-trailer that’s involved in your wreck. Again, whether it’s intrastate versus interstate and finding the company involved, finding out is it a leased tractor-trailer, is it owned by the company and not leased. These are all things identifying that tractor-trailer is really gonna help you nail down and it will help the case as it moves forward.

So I hope this answers your question. If you have any others or if you have a claim or case you’d like to see if my firm can handle, please respond to this video below or go to my website, spauldinginjurylaw.com, we have a contact form on there that you can fill out. And I got two phone numbers for you as well, 770-744-0890 or 470-695-9950. Thanks for watching this video.

For close to 15 years, Mr. Spaulding has helped victims of negligence across the state of Georgia resolve personal injury disputes, and he’s received a remarkable number of awards and honors from the legal community recognizing his commitment to clients and to the metro-Atlanta area.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Spaulding belonged to the Phi Beta Kappa honors fraternity at the University of Georgia, and he obtained his legal training at the Georgia State College of Law, where he clerked for the Honorable Judge Rowland Barnes of the Fulton County Superior Court. Mr. Spaulding has also worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Atlanta Enforcement Division. Since 2005, he has dedicated his career to helping the injured victims of negligence and their loved ones win justice in Georgia’s personal injury courts.