Catastrophic Trucking Accidents Injuries
Because of their size and weight, truck accidents can cause injuries that are more serious than those in passenger vehicle accidents. These injuries can include the following:
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, it is important to note that many injuries may not be apparent immediately after the accident. You should get a thorough medical examination from your physician as soon as possible, and don’t be afraid to schedule a follow-up appointment if your symptoms get worse, do not improve, or you begin to experience new symptoms. Your Atlanta truck accident attorney will use your medical records to prove the significance of your injuries.
How an Atlanta Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
For many people, the prospect of going to court can be intimidating. As a result, they decide not to pursue legal action and therefore think they don’t need a lawyer. Before making this decision, it’s important to understand how an attorney can help.
First, even if you don’t go to court, an Atlanta truck accident attorney can help you navigate the claim process with the insurance company. Our legal team will collect the documentation and evidence you need to build your case. We will handle the correspondence and speak on your behalf. We will negotiate with all involved parties to ensure you receive fair compensation. Our Atlanta accident legal team does all of this so you can focus on your health and recovery.
Second, it’s highly unlikely that you will know whether or not you should file suit at the outset. You may not even know what your losses will be. Typically, the decision to sue is made only after all other options to resolve your claim have failed. A skilled injury lawyer can proceed with legal action to get the compensation you deserve if you are unable to settle your claim fairly.
How Georgia Truck Accidents are Investigated
In Georgia, when a large commercial truck collides with another vehicle, the truck driver should be trained to call his company immediately. Most companies then investigate the collision to determine whether its driver could have prevented the wreck.
However, many (or most) truck companies simply call their team of defense lawyers who immediately start working on ways to avoid responsibility. That is why it is so important for you to contact an Atlanta truck accident attorney at Gilormo Injury Law as soon as possible.
We will conduct our own investigation and collect as much evidence as possible. We often begin by sending a “spoliation” letter to the trucking company and/or insurance company, demanding that evidence be preserved. We then follow up by acquiring evidence from the truck company’s internal investigation and any other evidence available.
Don’t Assume You Were At Fault for the Accident Until You’ve Spoken with an Experienced Truck Accident Law Firm
Under Georgia’s “comparative fault” laws, when you file a lawsuit or insurance claim after sustaining injuries in a truck or other vehicle accident, the other party or insurance company may respond by claiming that you were actually at fault, in whole or in part, for the accident that caused you serious injuries.
In this situation, Georgia’s modified comparative fault laws apply. This law can reduce or eliminate your damages if you are found to be partly, mostly, or completely at fault for causing the accident. If you are 50% or more at fault, you’re unable to recover for your injuries and damages. If you are only partly at fault, you may still be able to file a claim against any party that was more at fault than you for causing the accident, but your financial compensation will be reduced by the percentage share of your portion of liability. So, for example, if you are found to be 20% at fault, you can recover 80% of your total amount of damages.