Truck accidents are bigger in every way than those involving other vehicles—trucks are larger, the damage is more extensive, and the fight over liability and compensation is often more intense. For victims, the magnitude of pursuing a case against a driver or trucking company can feel too daunting to handle alone.
Don't do it alone. At Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group, you can receive a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer on our Alpharetta team. Tell us your story, so we can formulate a strategy to obtain the best outcome for your case. Contact us today!
Alpharetta Truck Accident Guide
Our Truck Accidents Lawyers Mix Experience With Empathy
The team at Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group has been there. We have experienced accidents from both sides, as victims and as lawyers. Therefore, we apply our knowledge of victims' challenges and our professional background in protecting victims' rights to every case.
That professional background includes:
- Experience working for accident victims
- Millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts
- Thousands of clients with successfully concluded cases
- Multiple awards from the public and our peers
Yet we never lose sight of what matters—individuals like you who have not only suffered an injury but are experiencing difficulty getting justice for it. We treat each case with respect for your time, situation, and concerns.
Showing compassion for our clients doesn't just mean showing compassion for your physical circumstances. It also means showing compassion for your financial circumstances. You shouldn't pay attorney fees to receive information as you search for representation, so your consultation is on the house.
At our first meeting, we can answer questions about:
- Whether you have grounds for a case
- How much you might recover
- Who to hold liable for your injuries
- What the next steps are in pursuing compensation
- What we can do to support you
Again, you get all of this for free.
Payment Only on Contingency
Our compassion for your financial circumstances continues when you hire us. You don’t pay us anything unless we win or settle your case. That way, you know we’re committed to obtaining a successful resolution.
Flexible and Focused Support
When working on the daily details of pursuing your compensation, we stay open to fresh ideas and creative solutions. At the same time, we stay organized, keeping you in the loop, remaining ready for developments, and making any necessary arrangements to move your case forward.
With our truck accidents lawyers, you can count on:
- Regular information about progress or new approaches
- Problem-solving for stalled cases or tangled liability
- Practical assistance with logistics in the aftermath of an accident
- Responsiveness to phone calls and emails
- Understandable explanations of rights, settlement terms, and next steps
- Openness to changing things up if something isn’t working
We Pursue Fair Compensation for Victims of Alpharetta Truck Accidents
Your damages could cover any accident-related losses, from out-of-pocket medical expenses to compensating the loss of a favorite hobby.
- Medical bills, including emergency care, hospitalizations, surgeries, medications, and rehabilitation
- Lost income such as salary, hourly wages, commissions, freelance work, sick leave, and vacation days
- Reduced earning capacity if your injuries changed your ability to do your job temporarily or permanently
- Pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, disability, and loss of enjoyment of life
How to Compensate for Serious Injuries
Large trucks can weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger vehicles, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
So it comes as no surprise that many truck accident victims suffer severe, even catastrophic injuries, such as:
- Internal injuries
- Deep or disfiguring lacerations
- Serious burns
- Broken or crushed bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
Injuries like these can come with long-term and even lifelong consequences and complications. As a result, victims can feel especially overwhelmed when trying to determine what kind of settlement they deserve.
To offer you peace of mind and clarity, we work with medical and financial professionals to calculate your case's value. We can determine your prognosis, discuss your future care, and project your income and personal losses.
Most importantly, we won't allow anyone to pressure you into a settlement until you know the full outcome of your accident. The other party can't know what you've lost until you know. Therefore, we wait for the complete picture to come into focus and then pursue accurate compensation.
How to Compensate for a Wrongful Death
The IIHS reports that only 15 percent of fatalities in truck crashes are truck occupants. The rest are other drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. This statistic alone represents the enormous disadvantage faced by truck accident victims.
If your loved one loses their life to a truck accident, our truck accident lawyers in Alpharetta can help you file a claim or lawsuit for them. The compensation from a wrongful death case can go toward paying final medical bills, replacing lost income, and recognizing your grief.
Our Truck Accidents Lawyers Tackle Intricate Insurance Issues
Insurance can get very tricky when it involves large commercial trucks. You may deal with the trucking company's insurance. Conversely, the company may have only engaged the driver as an independent contractor, meaning you must pursue a claim through the driver's insurance. Then again, that driver's insurance policy may not cover accidents that happen when working.
As you can see, insurance coverage for your accident could get bounced around several parties. Everyone involved will likely attempt to push responsibility onto someone else. Our Alpharetta truck accident attorneys know how to determine whose insurance coverage can help with your accident.
Even if we find that a truck driver's insurance policy is insufficient or won't cover your accident, the Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group team can still explore alternatives for obtaining compensation, such as a personal injury lawsuit.
Bad Injuries Can Lead to Bad Fights
Accidents involving large commercial trucks tend to result in high-dollar cases. Serious injuries, lengthy recoveries, and long-term consequences could put insurance companies on the hook for millions of dollars. As an example, just the first year after a spinal cord injury can cost anywhere from $375,000 to $1.4 million, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. That doesn’t even account for lifetime costs or lost income.
You may assume if you have obvious injuries, the insurance company cannot deny your claim. While true, what they may do is attempt to shave costs wherever possible. This can mean minimizing some of your losses, undervaluing your injuries, or even unethically denying your claim in an act of bad faith. Our truck accident lawyers fight for fairness.
Other Insurance Issues We Can Help Settle
You may not have difficulty knowing which coverage applies to your case. You may even have an insurance company that is operating aboveboard. Nonetheless, your case may still involve other insurance headaches we can handle.
Our truck accidents lawyers can assist with:
- Making a statement to insurance that won’t jeopardize your damages
- Filing your paperwork correctly and on time
- Understanding policy or settlement terms
- Negotiating a fair settlement that accounts for all your losses
- Ensuring the adjuster keeps your claim moving through the process efficiently
- Communicating with all parties involved
Let us know if your frustration or confusion stems from another type of insurance dispute. We have experience in all kinds of truck accident disagreements and can put that knowledge to use in your case.
Our Alpharetta Team Handles Complex Trucking Company Challenges
Dealing with a trucking company often comes with challenges separate from insurance struggles. In these cases, it can help to have a representative who knows the tricks and tactics typically used by companies to avoid responsibility.
In your Alpharetta case, our truck accidents attorneys can:
- Identify negligent behavior by drivers and trucking companies
- Compile evidence of negligence to hold them accountable
- Ensure that you aren’t unfairly blamed for your part in the accident
Holding Drivers Accountable for Their Negligence
Drivers are responsible for operating their trucks with reasonable care and caution.
Violations of that duty of care include:
- Impaired driving
- Drowsy driving
- Aggressive driving
- Improper turns
- Running lights
- Ignoring signs
Any of the above behaviors could form the basis of a claim or lawsuit against a driver. If you suspect one or more played a role in your collision, we can investigate and start building a case.
How Do You Hold Trucking Companies Accountable for Their Negligence?
Many companies are liable for the actions of their drivers. We can also hold them liable for their careless actions if they contributed to your accident.
- Negligent hiring practices
- Failing to properly train drivers
- Not enforcing hours-of-service regulations
- Improper cargo loading
- Violating weight regulations
- Truck maintenance failures
If a driver had a history of negligent behavior and was hired anyway, the company should share that driver's responsibility for a wreck. Similarly, trucking companies must operate their business properly, including training, maintenance, and enforcing regulations.
For example, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets regulations for the hours of service that truck drivers must follow. If a company does not enforce drivers taking the required breaks, they are liable if a driver falls asleep at the wheel and causes an accident.
The bottom line is, although only the driver was present at the scene of the accident, trucking companies still owe others a duty of care on the road. Failure to uphold it is negligence.
We Pay Attention to the Possibilities When Building Your Truck Accident Case
Injury cases are built on details—collecting disparate pieces of evidence that put the accident into perspective. Our experience has honed our vision to see those details.
As a result, we draw from sources like these to bring into focus what happened:
- Police accident reports
- Medical records
- Transportation logs
- Eyewitness testimony
- Expert analysis
- Accident reconstruction
- Blood alcohol content (BAC) testing
- Drug testing
- Traffic camera footage
- Bystander video footage
- Photos from the scene
- Photos of injuries
- Traffic and weather reports
Some of these may sound irrelevant to you, like weather reports. However, under ideal conditions, trucks already need more time and distance to stop compared to passenger vehicles. In bad weather, even more distance is necessary. Therefore, we can assign fault to a truck driver who failed to account for weather conditions and followed the vehicle in front of them too closely, causing a rear-end collision or even an override crash.
This is just one example of how we can look at the raw information from your crash and extrapolate what happened to you and who we can hold responsible—the details matter.
Exploring Other Factors in Your Case
Paying attention to the possibilities means recognizing other potentially liable parties. Sometimes, truck accidents are only partly caused by the truck. In fact, sometimes the truck driver isn't responsible at all. Government entities, such as the City of Alpharetta, or product manufacturers, like tire companies or car designers, are possibly at fault. Poorly maintained roads or signs and faulty products can point to these culprits.
Using Deadlines to Our Advantage
Under state law, you generally have two years to file a case for personal injury or wrongful death. However, we don't wait long to take action on your behalf. Before the statute of limitations expires, we can work on gathering evidence, taking stock of your losses, and settling your case out of court.
Contact an Alpharetta Truck Accidents Lawyer Today
The Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group team, from our lawyers to our support staff, works to get the best possible outcome for every truck accident case. To get started, contact us at our Alpharetta office today for a free consultation: (470) 465-7825.
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