You could recover compensation for your truck accident injuries and losses. We can help you hold negligent 18-wheeler truck drivers and their employers accountable.
Our Roswell 18-wheeler truck accident lawyers at Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group regularly handle complicated trucking accident cases just like yours.
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How Our Roswell Truck Accident Attorney Can Help You
Our team handles every aspect of your case.
We Know the Law
Truck accidents are more complicated than usual traffic accidents between two cars. In many cases, determining who is liable for your injuries can present challenges. Multiple parties could contribute to your injuries in a commercial trucking accident.
A lawyer with our firm can help you gather the police report, medical records, witness testimony, and other documents you need to build a solid foundation for your 18-wheeler truck accident case.
We Investigate Your Roswell Truck Accident Case
Every Roswell truck accident is different, and we take that into account as we work on the case.
Our attorney can thoroughly investigate your case and:
- Get witness accounts of what happened during the accident
- Obtain traffic cam footage of the accident if available
- Send a spoliation letter to the trucking company
- Secure information from the 18-wheeler’s black box
- Speak to your medical care team to learn about the long-term care you may need
- Work with traffic accident reconstruction specialists
We Determine Who Is Responsible for Your Injuries
You may have a hard time determining who is liable for your injuries.
Sometimes, it is apparent that the truck driver’s actions caused your accident. For example, if the truck driver who caused the accident was too tired to drive, the trucking company may have pressured them to drive more hours than the law allows for safe commercial travel. In other cases, an investigation is necessary.
Our Roswell truck accident attorney can find out what circumstances led to your accident and help you plan your claim.
We Communicate With Insurance Companies: We Protect You from the Insurance Company
The last thing you need while recovering from the physical and emotional trauma of your accident is a battle with insurance company representatives who only care about protecting their wealth.
The liable party’s insurance company representatives may approach you. They may try different techniques to avoid paying what you deserve or trick you into giving up your legal right to file legal action.
Insurers may take any statements you made to emergency personnel or other people and twist your words to blame you for the accident. We communicate with the insurance company on your behalf to protect you from saying anything that may jeopardize your case.
We Negotiate for a Fair Settlement
The insurance company may also offer you a settlement amount far below what your claim is worth. Many injured victims accept the first settlement offer because they do not know they can likely recover more.
We can negotiate with these companies on your behalf. Our attorneys know insurance company tactics and work to obtain a fair offer from the opposing parties. While we take care of these matters, you have more time to focus on your recovery.
We Represent You in Court
While many personal injury cases settle out of court, if the opposing party’s representatives do not agree to a satisfactory settlement amount, you may decide to go to trial.
Our Roswell attorney can represent your interests in court. Trials involve complex paperwork, detailed protocols, and other factors that make it challenging for laypeople to understand or handle all this independently.
When you hire us, you won’t have to worry about these matters. Our team can take care of them for you and relieve some of the stress you may feel as your case gets underway.
How Long Do I Have to File My Roswell Truck Accident Lawsuit?
In Georgia, injured parties have two years to file a lawsuit. This same deadline applies to wrongful death cases. If you miss this deadline, known as the “statute of limitations,” you risk giving up your right to seek compensation for your injuries and losses. Two years may seem like plenty of time, but the earlier you start on your case, the more time our attorney has to work on your truck accident case.
Gathering evidence and investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident can take some time. Also, remember that the other side may try to stall or thwart your efforts to run out the clock on a possible claim or lawsuit. Our Roswell personal injury attorney can file your case with the court before the statute of limitations deadline expires.
How Much Compensation Can I Receive for My Roswell 18-Wheeler Truck Accident?
Every truck accident is unique, even though cases share common factors. You may be able to recover two kinds of compensation: economic and non-economic damages. We can review your losses, which likely will contain both.
Economic damages are the financial costs the accident directly caused.
These damages include your:
- Medical expenses, such as medications, physical therapy, and psychological counseling for trauma-related conditions
- Lost income for any time you could not work due to your injuries
- Lost earning capacity if your injuries forced you to work fewer hours, get a new job, or retire
- Miscellaneous expenses, such as outfitting your vehicle to accommodate a disability
Non-economic damages do not have an exact dollar amount but deserve compensation because of how they affect your health and well-being. The most common loss in this category is pain and suffering. You could also recover compensation for mental anguish, emotional distress, inconvenience, and loss of consortium.
While money will not take away your pain or emotional duress, you still deserve to receive compensation for the hardships you endured.
Wrongful Death Damages
If you lost a loved one in a truck accident, please accept our sincere condolences. We want you to focus on grieving your loss and spending time with your family. Let our team build your case and recover the compensation you need.
You could recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost wages and benefits
- Lost care and companionship
Our team can investigate your case to determine your recoverable compensation.
Why Are Roswell 18-Wheeler Truck Accidents Complex?
Commercial truck cases are more complicated because multiple parties may be liable for the accident, even ones who were not on the scene when the crash occurred.
These third parties can include:
- The truck driver
- The truck’s manufacturer
- The company responsible for defective truck parts
- The crew responsible for loading the 18-wheeler
- A company or repair crew that did not repair or maintain the truck properly
- A government entity responsible for maintaining the road or highway where the crash happened
- Another motorist or another party, such as a pedestrian or bicyclist
Gathering truck accident evidence is typically more complex as the trucking company likely controls much of the evidence we need.
We can send the trucking company a spoliation letter asking it to preserve evidence, such as:
- The driver’s hours of service logs
- The driver’s personnel file
- The black box data
- Any drug or alcohol test results
We can review the evidence in your case to determine who is responsible for your damages. Our Roswell 18-wheeler truck accident lawyer can determine each party’s role in the crash and pursue financial compensation from each.
What Makes Roswell Dangerous for Drivers?
According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, Atlanta is a large freight transport hub. As a suburb close to Atlanta, Roswell sees its fair share of traffic. The volume of goods flowing through the city is also increasing. The large number of 18-wheelers navigating through construction and busy roads is a recipe for an accident.
According to a WSB-TV news story in April 2022, the city of Roswell wants to update its transportation master plan. The update would focus on dangerous intersections, specifically Holcomb Bridge Road and State Road 400 and Riverside Road and Atlanta Street.
The current traffic pattern at Holcomb Bridge Road and State Road 400 creates a bottleneck, which can contribute to accidents. Roswell is also removing the center reversible traffic lanes at the city’s most dangerous intersection: Riverside Road and Atlanta Street. This change may help make the intersection safer for all road users.
What Causes 18-Wheeler Truck Accidents?
Commercial truck accidents in Roswell may have any number of possible causes.
Some of the most common include:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Overloaded trucks
- Truck drivers driving while impaired
- Improper or unbalanced loading of cargo
- Inexperienced drivers
- Driving while texting or otherwise distracted
- Ignoring traffic safety protocols
Common Injuries We See in Roswell Truck Accidents
Injuries from any traffic accident can be serious. But 18-wheeler truck accidents are often more severe than other car accidents. A commercial truck’s size and weight can cause severe or life-threatening injuries.
Common injuries include:
- Crush injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Broken bones
If your injuries prevent you from filing your case paperwork or handling other tasks, we can do it for you.
What Should I Do After a Roswell Truck Crash?
The following steps can protect your health after a truck wreck:
Call 911 for Help
Check yourself and others for injury then call 911. You likely need emergency personnel and a police report of the accident.
Some injuries do not reveal themselves for hours or even days after the accident. Adrenaline and other bodily reactions may temporarily mask any injuries. You may also have undetected internal bleeding. Go to the emergency room if you feel any discomfort after the accident.
A doctor’s examination will also support your case. You will need detailed medical records to show the extent of your injuries and medical expenses as part of your foundation for a claim or lawsuit.
Take Pictures of the Scene
If you can safely move without making any injuries worse, use your smartphone to take pictures of the accident scene. Take photos from every angle. Get close-up shots of any vehicle damage, injuries, and skid marks on the road.
Be sure to take pictures of street signs, traffic signs, stoplights, mile markers, storefronts, and any other indicators of your location.
Obtain Contact Information
Get the names and contact information of everyone involved in the accident. You also want to get contact information from any witnesses who saw the accident. Getting their information now is easier than tracking these witnesses down after everyone has left the scene.
Speak Carefully to Everyone at the Scene
Those involved in the accident may want to speak with you. The police arriving on the scene will also want a statement from you and everyone involved. Be careful what you say to everyone. The insurance company or other party may manipulate your words to deny your claim.
Avoid saying things like, “I didn’t see the other driver until it was too late.” Avoid apologizing for what happened. In settlement negotiations and trial proceedings, your statements may paint a different picture than what you intended.
Follow Your Doctor’s Treatment Plan
Even if medical personnel evaluate you on the scene, you may want to schedule an appointment with a doctor. Follow your doctor’s recovery plan carefully. If you ignore the treatment, these actions could come back to haunt you later. The opposing side’s representatives could use your lack of cooperation with your doctor as evidence that your injuries are not as serious as your claim suggests.
Our Roswell Truck Accident Lawyer Can Review Your 18-Wheeler Accident
An 18-wheeler truck accident can completely upend your life. You may be facing towering medical expenses with no way to pay them. If your accident is severe enough, you may never be able to return to your current job. With so much uncertainty in your life, you may not know what to do.
At the Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group, we understand what you are going through. We have represented the legal interests of people just like you for years. We deal with insurance companies trying to protect their clients and preserve their profits.
Contact us today at (404) 609-1724 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We can evaluate your case and answer your questions.
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