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.
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 more common causes of truck accidents include:
- Traffic violations
- Reckless driving
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
- Poor truck maintenance
- Lack of driving experience
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 collision attorney can assist in filing a claim to recover damages from the appropriate liable parties.
Truck Accidents and the Dangers of Atlanta’s Roadways
Atlanta is a major location for freight transportation within the region. With its proximity to the Port of Savannah and location in the Southeastern United States, the Atlanta Regional Commission says the city sees millions of tons of freight moving through the city’s roadways on tractor-trailers and other large trucks.
With so much freight traffic passing through our city, accidents with semi-trucks are far from uncommon.
Atlanta drivers on I-85 and I-285 witness these devastating crashes regularly, including tragic events such as:
- An overturned tractor-trailer wreck shut down parts of I-85
- A tractor-trailer flipped on its side, shutting down lanes of I-285
- A fatal, fiery accident caused by a tipped moving truck on I-85
Whether an interstate crash in Atlanta or a wreck in a neighborhood intersection hurt you, our attorneys can help. We can use our deep experience in Atlanta to build strong evidence of how the crash happened and why you deserve compensation.
Determining Liability in a Truck Accident
Building a legal case for a truck accident claim will start by determining liability. In commercial truck collision cases, there could be several potentially liable parties from whom an injured party may seek compensation, such as the driver, the truck company, the shipper, the truck's manufacturer, and insurance carriers.
When pursuing a truck accident claim, you must identify the appropriate parties to recover damages from to obtain the maximum compensation possible.
What Are Recoverable Damages for a Tractor-Trailer Crash?
The types of recoverable damages following a truck accident include economic, non-economic, and in rare instances, punitive damages. This could include compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, and lost wages.
A local truck accident attorney could help determine the probability of fault of the injured party to figure out and prepare to argue against any anticipated reductions to the compensation awarded.
Determining Your Financial Losses
Our attorneys want to ensure you seek all the compensation you need to pay for necessary expenses related to your truck accident. Because these accidents are often serious and can be physically devastating for victims, you will likely want to ensure that you seek the highest recovery possible to recoup your losses.
Specifically, we can go after recovery for:
- Medical costs for past, present, and future damages: You may need emergency care immediately after the crash, along with follow-up visits to a doctor, lab tests, medications, surgeries, long-term hospitalization, and ongoing physical therapy, among other medical care needs. All these losses could be recoverable.
- Professional losses for past, present, and future damages: You could be out of work for weeks or months, missing your normal paychecks. You could also struggle to return to your old job in the future—and may have to take a lower-paying job. We can work to get compensation for these and other professional losses, such as missed tips, bonuses, or opportunities for a promotion.
- Any other out-of-pocket costs: Whether you need to pay for a cab to your medical appointments or purchase in-home medical devices, you could recoup your out-of-pocket costs.
Determining Your Non-Financial Losses
Your non-financial damages include those losses that are more emotional or psychological. This may include pain, suffering, lost enjoyment of life, and damages for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among other specific damages.
You may be wondering how it's possible to demonstrate these kinds of losses when they don't come with a receipt or invoice attached. However, rest assured that our attorneys have experience showing an insurance company or a jury that a victim's non-financial damages are significant. We know how to value these less-tangible damages and build evidence to back up our claims, including expert witness testimony or statements from your treating therapist.
What Makes Truck Accidents Different from Other Vehicle Accidents?
As mentioned, liability in a truck accident case is one major factor that makes these cases unique from other vehicle accidents. While the truck driver may have caused the crash, if they were working as an employee for a trucking company, the trucking company may be deemed responsible for your compensation.
This could mean several important things for your case. For one thing, you could seek more compensation. Often, trucking companies carry a higher corporate insurance policy, and you could recover your damages up to the policy's limits.
On the other hand, dealing with corporate insurance policies can be tricky. After all, a trucking company likely has ample resources to dedicate to the case, and it may be persistent with attempts to deny or downplay your case's value. Our attorneys do not shy away from tough cases such as these, however. We can represent you against major companies in the freight industry.
We Can Handle These Common Challenges to Your Case
The liable party’s insurance company may:
- Deny your claim altogether and refuse to accept liability
- Claim that you were more responsible for the crash than you truly were
- Belittle the seriousness of your injuries or the cost of your medical care
- Delay your case’s progress unnecessarily
Our attorneys have seen all of these maneuvers before. We can work to protect your right to seek compensation and fight for the smooth, efficient process you deserve.
What You Can Expect from Your Legal Team
Don't deal with the burden of a legal case while you are still recovering from your injuries. Our attorneys at Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group can deal with all the legwork for you.
Investigate Your Case and Gather Evidence
Every successful injury case rests on solid evidence. One of the first things we can do when you hire our team is to conduct a full investigation of your truck accident.
We can work to build evidence that:
- The other party’s negligence caused your crash.
- You suffered injuries and damages as a result.
Building evidence to demonstrate these elements is crucial for your case’s success.
To show the other party was negligent, we may look to sources such as police reports, eyewitness testimony, surveillance camera footage, black box data, dashboard camera footage, company logbooks, and records of past violations by the trucking company or driver.
Demonstrating your injuries and losses may involve collecting your medical records, statements from your doctor, pay stubs, comments from your employer, and other records. Our goal is to prepare a detailed case to make it as clear as possible.
Handle Settlement Negotiations or Litigation on Your Behalf
Next, we’ll proceed to seek the financial recovery you need.
To this end, we may start by either:
- Negotiating an out-of-court settlement
- Filing a lawsuit and taking your case to civil court
Certain factors of your case may influence how we proceed. We can explain our legal strategy to you after you hire our team. In many situations, however, we can seek a fair settlement through out-of-court negotiations. When our conversations with the insurance company do not yield a satisfactory offer, we can file a lawsuit.
If your case goes to trial, our attorneys will prepare to present your case before a jury. We can cross-examine witnesses, prepare all necessary court paperwork, and handle every step of the trial process.
Ensure Your Case Is on Track
A truck accident case has many moving parts. Our job is to help you navigate it all and help you keep your case on track.
For instance, every state limits the time to file a lawsuit for a personal injury case. In Georgia, this deadline is two years. If you don’t take legal action within this timeframe, you could lose the chance to seek compensation—even if you have a compelling case.
We help you understand all the important laws and procedures that govern injury cases like yours. Then, we’ll help you stay on top of what’s important for your case.
Frequently Asked Questions in Atlanta Truck Accident Cases
We will answer all of your questions throughout your case. For now, here are our responses to some of the most asked questions in truck accident cases:
What Types of Truck Accident Cases Can You Help With?
We can help you if you were hurt by a:
- Semi-truck or tractor-trailer
- Delivery truck driver
- Amazon truck
- Moving van
- Dump truck
- Other commercial or privately owned trucks
Each of these accidents may come with unique liability and insurance policy factors. Our team can help you understand your legal options in any of these scenarios.
Also, we can assist you whether a truck injured you as another vehicle driver, a pedestrian, or a bicyclist hit by a truck.
What Should I Do After a Truck Accident?
After a truck accident:
- Report the crash to the police immediately. This will create a record of the accident that you can use as evidence for your claim or lawsuit. Also, contact your insurance company to briefly report the crash.
- Get all the medical care you need as promptly as possible. Even if you only feel mild symptoms, they could intensify without treatment. Don't delay going to see a doctor or visiting the emergency room. The insurance company may look to your medical history to show that you made your injuries worse by neglecting prompt treatment. They may also say your injuries weren't connected to the crash if you wait too long.
- Be careful about what you say. Avoid posting about the crash on social media. The insurance company will use your posts against you. When you speak with an insurance adjuster, refer them to us. If they ask for a recorded statement, decline, because it will harm your case.
- Get a case review from our firm. Once you understand your legal options, you'll control your compensation case. Our case reviews are free, and we can explain everything you should know about your next steps after a crash.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer?
Our attorneys work based on contingency, which means it costs nothing upfront to work with our team. We only get paid on results. So, you don’t have to pay out-of-pocket to get started, and we receive our fees only at the successful conclusion of your case.
Seek Assistance from an Atlanta Truck Accident Attorney Today
The rise of commercial trucks has come with 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 involved.
If you suffer injuries from a commercial truck accident, you could deserve compensation for your anguish and loss. To learn more about the potential of your claim, get a consultation with our team. An experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyer can get to work for you today. Contact us now at (404) 609-1724.
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