After a truck accident, you may be worried about paying the bills and keeping your family afloat while you recover. You may also face uncertainty about your injuries, who is at fault, or how to deal with the insurance company. Our lawyers are ready to help. Let us give you a FREE phone consultation. We’ll talk about your accident, tell you if you have a claim, and help you decide what to do next. Call us at (404) 341-6555 or fill out the form to the right to get your free consultation today.
- What makes truck accidents so serious?
- Is the truck driver always at fault in a truck accident in Atlanta?
- What injuries can I recover money for in a truck accident claim?
- What money am I entitled to in a truck accident claim?
- I already have an offer from the insurance company. What can a lawyer do for me?
- How do I know if I have a valid truck accident claim?
- Talk to an Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyer for Free
What makes truck accidents so serious?
A truck accident is likely to cause severe injuries and widespread damage simply because semi trucks are so big. An 18-wheeler with a full load can easily weigh in at 80,000 pounds, and it’s longer and taller than anything else on the road. The sheer size and weight of a large truck can lead to disastrous consequences.
Semis have other qualities that make them more dangerous and accident-prone than an ordinary car or SUV:
- Trucks are equipped with a different type of braking system that makes it harder for them to stop quickly
- Trucks have large blind spots
- Some trucks carry flammable or hazardous substances
- A truck’s cargo can spill on the roadway in an accident, creating additional hazards
- Semis are prone to “jackknifing” or tipping over, either of which can cause serious damage
Semi drivers themselves also play a factor in many accidents. Although most truck drivers are careful and responsible, they often have to work grueling schedules with inadequate rest. When a driver is fatigued, the chances of an accident increase.
Is the truck driver always at fault in a truck accident in Atlanta?
Not necessarily. Legally, truck accidents are no different from any other kind of accidents in Atlanta: the driver who is “at fault” is the one whose carelessness or negligence caused the accident. Sometimes the driver at fault is behind the wheel of the truck, but not always. Some of the major reasons truck accidents occur include:
- A truck driver changing lanes or merging and not seeing a vehicle in the truck’s blind spot
- A truck driver jackknifing or tipping over while making a turn
- A car trying to slip past a truck turning right and getting sandwiched against the curb
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
In many other cases, it’s a case of simple negligence. The truck driver may not have been paying attention or may have driven in an unsafe way. If any of these are the case then they are likely the one at fault in the accident. The insurance policy of the trucking company will have to pay for the costs.
What injuries can I recover money for in a truck accident claim?
Truck accidents cause many different types of injuries, and unfortunately there are a significant number of truck accident fatalities each year. Legally, you are entitled to recover money for ALL injuries that were caused by the accident. Some of the most common injuries we see from truck accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Muscle injuries
If you have been in a truck accident and you didn’t need immediate emergency care, don’t delay seeing a doctor. People who try to “tough it out” after an accident often end up with complications and conditions that they might have avoided if they had sought medical care right away. Seeing a doctor also helps you make a stronger claim to recover money for your injuries.
What money am I entitled to in a truck accident claim?
Accident victims in Georgia are entitled to recover the full cost of the accident, including these types of costs:
- Medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- Car repairs, or replacing a totaled car
- Lost wages
If you lost a loved one in a truck accident, you may be eligible to recover damages for wrongful death. And if you are struggling with especially severe injuries or a disability, you may be entitled to recover far more money. We know that this money will never make up for what you lost in the accident, but we also know that accidents can wreak havoc with your financial life, and the money you receive can help you pay the bills and continue getting the best treatment possible.
I already have an offer from the insurance company. What can a lawyer do for me?
Most people think insurance companies will take care of them when they need help. But that’s not really how insurance companies operate. Insurance companies are run for profit, and they’ll make more money if they can pay you as little as possible—even if it’s not nearly enough to pay your medical bills. We often talk to people who took the insurance company’s first offer and then found out they needed much more treatment than they thought. Now they have few options and tens of thousands of dollars in medical debt.
A car accident lawyer in Atlanta knows the tricks insurance companies use to avoid paying you what you deserve. We know what we need to do to drive a hard bargain and convince the insurance company to make a fair offer. It starts with an investigation into the way your accident happened and the full extent—and cost—of your injuries. When we show our evidence to the insurance company, it’s often enough to get you a substantially better offer.
How do I know if I have a valid truck accident claim?
Accidents happen so quickly that it can be hard to piece together what really happened. And many accident victims tend to blame themselves. But if you think someone else might have caused your accident, there’s a good chance you have a claim. This is true even if you think your actions contributed to the accident in some small way.
The best way to tell whether you have a valid claim is to speak with an experienced accident lawyer. A lawyer deals with cases like yours every day and will be able to view your case as an objective outsider who knows Georgia’s accident laws inside and out.
Talk to an Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyer for Free
Our law firm is built on helping accident victims. We never charge you for our services unless we win money for you. Let us give you a FREE consultation to help you understand the right next steps for your case—with no obligation. Call us at (404) 341-6555 or fill out the form to the right to get your free consultation today.