A trucking accident can be devastating. It can cause extensive damages and serious injuries. Because of numerous Georgia state and federal laws, fighting a trucking accident lawsuit can be complicated. The Staley Law Firm specializes in these types of cases and has attorneys who proudly represent victims looking to receive fair compensation for injuries and lost wages. Learning answers to frequently asked questions will help a person understand state regulations and how to proceed with a claim.
Are Truck Accidents Different from Other Automobile Accidents?
Truck accidents are different than normal car crashes. Commercial vehicles must follow a specific set of rules on the road. Since trucks are massive in size and weight, they tend to cause more serious injuries as well. Many truck owners and operators are required to carry more insurance than common car drivers. This means insurance companies place great effort into settling cases without paying due compensation to innocent victims. A trained personal injury lawyer will fight to make sure adequate funds are awarded to pay for medical bills, damages, and suffering resulting from a truck crash.
Who is Responsible for Damages?
If a truck driver was the negligent party who caused the wreck, this person is responsible for resulting damages and injuries. In certain cases, the driver’s employer, owner of the truck or the motor carrier may be financially responsible as well. If a defect in the tractor trailer caused the accident, the manufacturer may be held accountable.
How Long Do I Have to File a Trucking Accident Lawsuit?
Georgia law states all personal injury lawsuits involving a truck must be filed within two years of the date of the accident. It is important to consult with a trucking accident lawyer as soon as possible so that all evidence is preserved.
What is the Process Involved with Filing a Truck Accident Lawsuit?
Immediately after an accident, the truck’s insurance company will begin investigating the scene. Information and evidence will be collected. An insurance company is out to protect its bottom line, so an agent will commonly contact the injured driver and offer a low-ball settlement. An injured party should never talk to anyone except his or her attorney. An insurer will try to uncover information that can be used against a victim, so it is better to have an expert lawyer deal with an insurance firm.
To create a claim, a victim should hire a trusted trucking accident attorney to file a claim stating information about injuries, requesting a set amount of compensation and explaining how the truck was responsible for the accident. Before filing the suit, an attorney and an insurance company representative may try to negotiate a fair settlement without a court proceeding. If this is not possible, litigation will occur in front of a judge or jury. A verdict will be handed down, including the name of the guilty party and the amount of awarded compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you need a compassionate trucking accident attorney who has the knowledge and ability to file your claim and bring successful results. The Staley Law Firm has spent decades representing victims and battling insurance companies for fair compensation. For a free consultation, call our office at (770) 271-0300.