Heavy trucks and commercial vehicles ply Georgia’s highways and roads every day. Most truck drivers take pains to drive carefully and cautiously on the road, given the dangers that large trucks pose to other drivers. But, unfortunately, it only takes one mistake by one careless truck driver to cause a tragic accident. Trucks can weigh up 80,000 pounds – an accident involving one of these vehicles may cause injuries that are life-altering or even deadly.
If you or someone you love has been in an accident with a truck, you need to speak with an attorney who is skilled in Georgia trucking and commercial vehicle accident law. The legal team at Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. is extremely knowledgeable in this area and understands the pain and stress that an accident like this can cause. Call us as soon as possible at (855) 465-4407 to schedule a free case evaluation. We’ll provide a forthright assessment of your case and review all your legal options.
The litigation surrounding a major truck accident can be complex and difficult to resolve. There are often multiple parties that hold liability, including the driver, the trucking company, the freight company, and potentially third-party equipment manufacturers.
A skilled lawyer can investigate the scene of the accident, compiling evidence of negligent driving practices, as well as possible equipment failure. They can review the driver’s logbooks, the truck’s data recorder, and employment records to determine whether the driver took the required breaks and possibly uncover driving errors.
Your attorney can also speak on your behalf with insurance company representatives, making sure that all the required deadlines are kept, and rules are followed. They will negotiate aggressively and skillfully for the maximum compensation that you deserve.
The attorneys at Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. are well-versed in truck accident claims, and have been helping Georgians recover compensation for their injuries for over 30 years. We work tirelessly to get our clients the best possible resolution for their case, no matter what it takes. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients’ injuries.
Our firm has received top accolades from leading advocates forums and legal associations, such as the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, but it is the satisfied reviews of our clients that we are most proud of.
There may be a number of factors that combine to cause a truck accident, but some of the leading causes unfortunately stem from driver error. These include:
Many other circumstances could contribute to a truck accident, including low visibility at night or during bad weather, wet or icy roads, and high winds. All of these factors, in combination with the behavior listed above, can increase the risks.
The injuries you encounter in truck accidents are often much more severe and life-threatening than those in other roadway crashes. Large, heavy vehicles do a significant amount of damage in a crash, and it is usually the passengers in smaller cars that suffer the most. Some of the most common injuries in truck accidents may include a combination of the following:
It’s important to understand that your injuries may not be obvious until later. If you’ve suffered head trauma or internal damage, you may not feel hurt at first, but it’s vital that you seek medical attention immediately. You could suffer serious injuries later on if you’re not treated right away.
Right now, you likely have many questions about the truck accident claim process. Your attorney is best suited to give you specific advice about your case. However, here are a few answers to common questions about what to expect.
A truck accident case can take anywhere from a few months to several years to reach a resolution. The duration depends on a variety of different factors, chief among them the severity of your injuries and the amount of time it will take you to recover. The longer your wounds take to heal, the more costly your medical and hospitalization bills will be. This will be an important element of your claim. Other factors in the case, such as investigations and civil or criminal proceedings, may delay the outcome.
The comparative negligence laws in Georgia allow accident victims to collect compensation, even if they were partly responsible. The court assigns a percentage to each party for the level of responsibility they had for causing the crash. The damages awarded will be reduced by the percentage of fault that each party had. For instance, if your level of responsibility was set at 10 percent, and you were awarded $100,000 in damages, you would receive $90,000. You can only collect compensation if you were less than 50 percent responsible for the accident.
The amount and type of compensation you receive from your case will depend greatly on your level of injury and the amount of damage that occurred in the accident. Some forms of compensation include:
You will consult with your attorney on a detailed figure for economic (bills and income) and non-economic (quality of life/pain and suffering) damages.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident involving a large truck, call Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. as soon as possible to discuss your case. Surviving a truck accident is a painful and life-changing ordeal, and your focus right now should be on what’s most important: your own health and your family’s well-being. Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. helps clients every day going through the same thing you’re facing. You don’t have to do this by yourself. Call us at (855) 465-4407 or fill out our web contact form today for a free case evaluation.