Truck accidents make up many of the most dangerous and serious accidents on Sandy Springs roads. Because semi trucks and 18-wheelers are so large (weighing 20-30 times more than most cars), even small collisions with these vehicles can unfortunately lead to severe injuries or even death. That’s why if you or a loved one was involved in a truck accident, you need legal assistance to help you through this time. Chances are, you’re facing many medical bills, painful recoveries, and other losses that make it hard to get back on your feet. But the law is on your side. It’s time to contact a Sandy Springs semi-truck & 18-wheeler accident lawyer.
Our lawyers have 20+ years of experience working with victims of truck accidents in the area. We’re very well-versed in these types of complicated and often extreme cases, and we’re here to help those dealing with the aftermath. Out attorneys are focused helping the victims get the money damages they deserve following an accident, and we never take the insurance company’s side. For a FREE consultation call to discuss your situation, call us at 404-341-6555 or fill out the form to the right today.
What kinds of injuries do truck accidents cause?
Because semi trucks and 18-wheelers are so large and so heavy, the injuries associated with truck accidents are often very serious. Truck accidents can result in the same types of injuries as a car accident or other vehicle-related accident on the road—but also more severe injuries and damage. Those can include:
- Back and neck injuries, from more minor neck pains to severe injuries, such as dislocated discs, that prevent the victim from returning to work and daily life activities.
- Head injuries like whiplash or brain injuries that can affect vision or cognitive or motor functions.
- Broken bones. Since truck accidents tend to involve more power and weight, broken bones are more likely compared to car accidents.
- Cuts and lacerations, some that could leave life-long scars or disfigurements
- Internal injuries to organs like the kidneys, liver, spleen, pancreas, or bladder due to blunt force trauma during the accident.
- Spinal cord injuries that can sometimes lead to paralysis over time. (This is why anyone injured in a truck accident should get medical treatment as soon as possible. Even if the injuries don’t seem as serious right away, there’s a chance they may worsen over time, leaving you entitled to potentially higher financial recovery for your treatment.)
- Injuries from the seatbelt, such as whiplash, bruising, or cuts
- Wrongful death. Truck accidents are sadly much more likely to result in death than other accidents on the road. If you’ve lost a loved one in a truck accident, the at-fault party should be held responsible—which where a can help.
Besides the size of semi trucks and 18-wheelers, there are other factors involved that increase the chances of accidents:
- Most truck drivers are subjected to long, tiring schedules that can lead to tiredness and fatigue if the drivers don’t take necessary breaks
- Truck drivers often have limited visibility on the road
- Trucks aren’t able to stop suddenly as quickly as other vehicles, so the reaction to a potential crash is slower
- Semi trucks can tip over in an accident, causing more damage to those involved
- Trucks can also carry dangerous materials that are flammable or have other hazards
For these reasons and more, it’s so crucial to speak with an experienced attorney who can help you through the often overwhelming process of seeking damages for what you suffered after a truck accident.
Who is liable in a truck accident in Sandy Springs?
In the state of Georgia, liability comes down to what caused the accident and your injuries. After the accident occurs, your lawyer will thoroughly investigate the scene and your case to help determine who is at fault. Sometimes different parties will share a portion of the liability and be responsible for a part of your financial recovery. There are a number of parties who could be liable for a truck accident in Sandy Springs. Usually, those parties could be:
- The driver of the truck, if they were negligent in their driving abilities and led to a collision with other drivers
- The trucking company that employs the truck driver
- The company or person responsible for maintenance on the truck, if they failed to properly maintenance or missed problems when doing inspections
- The company shipping materials in the truck, if they were packed improperly or fell off the truck and caused injuries or damage
The trucking company or its insurer already offered me money. Should I take it?
We should be able to trust insurance companies to take care of us after painful accidents like a truck collision. However, this is sadly not usually the case. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses who will try to minimize what they pay out. This means they’ll often try to offer you a lump sum of money upfront after the accident. Although the money can be tempting, especially if you’re stressing about medical bills and many other costs related to the accident, it’s important to not take an offer before speaking with your attorney.
The money the insurer offers right away will likely not be even close to the full amount you need to recover from your injuries and damages. For this reason, you should avoid contact with any insurers right away and instead speak with an experience semi truck and 18-wheeler accident lawyer.
Talk to a Sandy Springs Semi Truck & 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer for Free
Truck accident cases are often complex and overwhelming for the victims involved. If you or someone you love has found themselves injured in a collision with a truck, our attorneys can help. We know how to handle these types of cases with decades of experience and compassion for those who were hurt. For a FREE consultation call, contact us today at 404-341-6555 or fill out the form to your right.