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Commercial truck activity serves an essential function in the United States economy and is crucial for providing goods and services to the general public. With this form of transportation being in such high demand, the number of semi-trucks on the road these days is higher than ever. The influx in commercial truck activity has increased collisions involving these vehicles.

Their astounding size and weight can make catastrophic commercial truck accidents. These collisions usually involve multiple vehicles and cause extensive amounts of damage. If your involvement in a truck accident has left you severely injured, an Atlanta truck accident lawyer can help you seek the maximum amount of compensation. Speak to our experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers to discuss your case and legal options.

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Why Hire Our Atlanta Truck Accident Attorneys?

the National Trial Lawyer badgeYears ago, a crash seriously injured attorney Jennifer Gore-Cuthbert. She found out firsthand just how hard dealing with insurance companies can be for victims. So, she founded the Atlanta Personal Injury Group to help others in the same situation. Her entire team is dedicated to helping truck accident victims just like you seek justice.

Jennifer’s own crash experience continues to serve as the backbone of the firm’s philosophy. The skilled team at Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group will offer you legal advice and help you determine your best course of action. You do not have to go through your ordeal alone—we are here to fight for your best interests.

If you or a loved one were the victims of a truck accident in Atlanta, we can help you seek the compensation you deserve. The accident attorneys at Atlanta Personal Injury Group work hard to help truck accident victims deal with the aftermath of their trauma and hold responsible parties accountable for the financial and emotional damage they caused.

The Difficulty of Atlanta Insurance Companies

At Atlanta Personal Injury Group, we know the struggle that many victims of truck accidents face while trying to get their claims resolved. Commercial truck companies hire expensive insurance companies with aggressive representatives. These people often try multiple ways to deny your rightful compensation.

After your truck accident in Atlanta, your focus should be on recovering from your injuries. After years of experience, we know the tactics these insurance companies will likely try on you. We can anticipate their steps and know how to cut through delaying tactics to begin fruitful settlement negotiations.

How Dangerous Is It to Drive in Atlanta?

According to GasBuddy.com, Atlanta is ranked fourth in aggressive driving. Only Sacramento, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles rank higher. On Atlanta’s busy roads, many of these drivers are aggressive truck drivers.

Both data from GasBuddy’s app and the U.S. Census Bureau reveal that drivers in Atlanta drive about 20 percent more aggressively than drivers in other major cities. This aggressiveness tends to peak on Fridays.

Truck Accidents in Atlanta Can Be Complicated

Truck accidents in Atlanta can be confusing and disorienting. A truck crash may hurt you more seriously than a regular car accident. Because commercial trucks are so much larger than passenger vehicles, the potential for injury is much higher.

Additionally, because truck accidents may involve multiple vehicles, you may need to deal with several insurance companies—complicating an already stressful situation even further.

Your truck accident may have left you incapacitated and unable to file your claim. An experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer can ease your stress by taking over the details of your case moving forward.

What Should I Do After a Truck Accident in Atlanta?

The steps you take right after a truck accident are crucial. First, check yourself and your fellow passengers for injuries. If you can move, do so. Because roadways in Atlanta are so busy, you need to get yourself and any injured persons out of harm’s way immediately. Move any damaged vehicles out of the way to reduce further accidents with oncoming traffic.

Get Medical Help

Next, call 911. If the accident injured you or anyone else or caused significant property damage, Georgia requires you to report it. Even if everyone seems to be fine after the accident, seek medical help. Some injuries do not appear until hours, days, or even weeks after the accident. Your body could be in shock. Also, if injuries do appear later, not seeking immediate medical attention right after the accident may harm your case.

Document the Scene

If it is safe for you to move, take pictures of the scene while you wait for emergency personnel to arrive.

For instance, you should photograph:

  • Damage to your vehicle
  • Skid marks on the road
  • Injuries that you or your passengers suffered
  • Mile markers, road signs, street signs, traffic lights, or significant landmarks

If possible, take these pictures before the police arrive. Emergency personnel may want to clear the scene to make the road safe for other travelers. Also, try to locate any witnesses. Be sure to get their contact information as their input may be helpful for your case.

Once emergency personnel arrives, exchange insurance information with the other drivers. Be careful what you say to the police and any insurance company representatives. You can always refer them to us for more information.

How to Talk to Police After Your Accident

The police will want to take your statement when they arrive. Keep your answers clear, concise, and to the point. Avoid saying things like, “I did not see the other vehicle.” Don’t even apologize. Statements like these could be used against you by insurance company representatives. Make sure you get a copy of the police report, too.

How to Handle Insurance Company Representatives After Your Accident

Right after your accident, you may feel disoriented, confused, and stressed out. Insurance companies know this is how most people respond after a truck accident—and they may try to prey on you at your weakest moment.

If the insurance company for the person or entity responsible for your accident learns that you may file a claim, they will likely try to intercept you. They may try to persuade you into signing a quick settlement. Most of the time, the amount you settle for may be far less than what your circumstances dictate. Their offer may not even cover future medical expenses if you have complications after the accident.

Making matters worse, once you sign the insurance company’s papers, you cannot continue to seek additional compensation. So, no matter how confused or upset you are, do not sign anything from the insurance companies without speaking to a personal injury attorney first. Do not offer them any statements either—just like talking to the police, they can twist your language and use it against you in front of a jury.

What Are Common Causes of Truck Accidents?

Commercial truck accidents can occur for many reasons, including an error by the truck driver or other motorists.

Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

Truck Drivers Fall Asleep While Driving

In addition to the fatigue mentioned above, many truck drivers fall asleep at the wheel. Fatigue is bad enough because reaction time is deeply affected. Falling asleep is even worse because a sleeping driver could kill other travelers so quickly.

Greedy employers often pressure drivers into driving 11 or more hours a day. More driving equals more profits. While you can hold a truck driver would at fault for falling asleep while driving, the truck company’s dangerous driving policies make them potentially responsible for your injuries, too.

Many Truck Drivers Speed While Driving

Some truck drivers speed while driving to save time or get to their destination sooner. Unfortunately, the faster a truck goes, the more damage it can cause during an accident. When truck drivers speed, they should closely monitor their speed. But if they do go over the speed limit, even the most wide-awake and alert driver may not have enough time to react if something unexpected happens.

Regardless of how these incidents occur, collisions involving a commercial truck can result in road blockage and traffic congestion, extensive damage to all vehicles involved, and severe injuries or fatalities. A commercial truck accident attorney can assist in filing a claim to recover damages from the appropriate liable parties.

Determining Liability in a Truck Accident

Building a legal case for a truck accident claim will start by determining liability. Commercial truck collision cases can involve several liable parties, such as the driver, the truck company, the shipper, the truck’s manufacturer, and insurance carriers. When pursuing a truck accident claim, selecting the appropriate parties to recover damages from is vital to obtaining the maximum compensation possible.

What are Recoverable Damages After a Tractor-Trailer Crash?

The types of recoverable damages following a truck accident include economic, non-economic, and in rare instances, punitive damages. For instance, your attorney may fight for compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, and lost wages. If the at-fault party’s negligence was particularly egregious, you can receive punitive damages to punish them for their actions.

An experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyer from our firm can accurately calculate your damages and argue for the compensation you deserve.

What Is My Potential Truck Accident Compensation?

Once you find out that your case is eligible to seek compensation, your goal is to recover both economic and non-economic losses. Your medical bills are an example of economic losses. Because you incurred those expenses in the accident, you want money to reimburse you for them.

Non-economic losses are just like they sound—specific monetary charges like bills or receipts don’t document them. Pain and suffering are among the most common non-economic losses after a truck accident.

Other Examples of Economic Losses

There are many kinds of potential economic losses. Every accident is different, but common economic losses include all medical expenses stemming from your truck accident. These expenses may extend beyond the specific medical care you received. For instance, your medical bills may include medications, ongoing physical therapy, or counseling to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the accident.

Your economic losses also include your income. If you cannot work while you recover from your accident, you may be able to recover these lost wages as part of your claim. And if you can never return to work or work in the same position you held before, your economic losses may include future wages or lost earning potential as well.

Other Examples of Non-Economic Losses

As noted above, “pain and suffering” is the most common phrase people hear when discussing non-economic losses. Other non-economic losses include loss of companionship, loss of enjoyment, and emotional duress.

Seek Assistance From an Atlanta Truck Accident Attorney Today

Jennifer Gore-Cuthbert, Personal Injury Accident Attorney

Jennifer Gore-Cuthbert, Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyer

With the rise of commercial trucks on the roadway, there is also an increase in truck accidents. Collisions with these oversized vehicles may cause devastating damage to those involved and carry a higher risk of fatality for all motorists.

If a commercial truck accident injured you, you may deserve compensation for your anguish and loss. To learn more about the potential of your claim, contact us at (404) 609-1724 for your free consultation with our experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyers today.

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