Fayetteville Trucking Company Negligence Attorneys
If you or someone you love was in an accident in Fayetteville caused by a trucking company’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. If you’ve been injured, lost time at work, or are caring for an injured family member, don’t let a truck accident derail your life or your family’s future. Call the Fayetteville truck accident attorneys of Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. today at (770) 205-8827 for a free consultation, and let us show how we’ve helped thousands of other Georgia residents get their lives back on track after an accident.
Why Choose Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. for My Trucking Company Negligence Accident?
Since 2001, Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. has been helping Fayetteville residents get compensation for their injuries and recover their peace of mind. We have helped thousands of clients recover millions of dollars in compensation, and we can do the same for you.
First and foremost, we get results. Although we can’t guarantee a positive outcome for every client, we will work tirelessly to recover as much compensation as possible for your accident, just as we’ve done for our clients for the last two decades.
We have the experience to deal with any type of trucking accident. The founder and head of our firm, Jonathan R. Brockman, started his career defending trucking and insurance companies from personal injury claims, so he knows all there is to know about how to fight them at the negotiating table and in court.
We have seen it all and know what you’re going through. In the two decades that we’ve been helping Fayetteville residents get justly compensated for their accidents, we’ve helped more families get their lives back than we can count. We treat our clients with understanding and compassion, and we will take the time to listen to your needs as we build a case for your personal injury claim. Here are some testimonials from a few of our satisfied clients.
What Is a Trucking Company Negligence Accident?
Determining liability in an accident in Fayetteville involving an 18-wheeler can be more complicated than determining liability in an accident involving only passenger vehicles. Trucks often have multiple parties that share responsibility, including the driver, the freight owner, and the trucking company. The trucking company employs the driver and has a duty to provide a safe vehicle for them to operate. If they are negligent in that duty and that negligence causes an accident, they can be held liable for any injuries.
This negligence can take many forms. Perhaps the trucking company did not do their due diligence and hired a driver with a DUI or drug charge on their record. They may also have provided inadequate training for their driver or not completed routine maintenance to keep the truck safe. Any or all of these actions constitute negligence on the part of the trucking company.
Do I Need an Attorney for My Trucking Company Negligence Accident?
Under Georgia law, anyone can bring a personal injury claim to an insurance company, but there are several reasons why having a lawyer assist in the process can help you get better results.
Getting into a truck accident often ends in injury, both physical and mental. You or a family member may end up in the hospital, you may miss time at work, and you may have a damaged or totaled vehicle to deal with. On top of dealing with injuries or property damage, you have multiple insurance adjusters calling who ask for endless details about the accident and try to minimize your injuries or experience so you won’t file a personal injury claim.
Hiring an attorney will allow you to concentrate on your physical recovery while we take all insurance calls and start building your personal injury claim. We will investigate the accident, talk to any witnesses, and do all the legwork to make sure your claim is free of errors and as strong as we can make it. Insurance companies will often try to tempt you to accept a settlement that is far below what you deserve because they know you need help now to cover medical bills or food and housing while you can’t work. Your attorney will take the lead on negotiating your settlement for you and make sure that any settlement offer you accept is fair and just.
Calculating the amount of compensation to demand for your accident can be complex. Though the economic losses like property damage and medical bills are easy to tally, the non-economic damages can often be just as substantial. An experienced attorney can help you come up with a number that not only covers your losses but helps you recover your peace of mind as well.
Reputation matters. An insurance company may pay more attention to a personal injury claim filed by an attorney’s office as opposed to one filed by an individual representing themselves. When an insurance company learns that you’ve retained legal representation, especially a firm like Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. that specializes in truck accidents, they know that you are serious about getting compensation for your injuries and that they can’t take advantage of you.
Steps to Take Immediately After a Trucking Company Negligence Accident
If you’ve just been in an accident, here are some steps you can take immediately to get safe and start building your personal injury claim:
- Get to safety. Clear any active roadways and get yourself or any other injured persons out of harm’s way before you assess injuries and exchange information.
- Get medical attention. Immediately contact emergency medical services and get a full evaluation, even if you don’t believe anyone has been seriously injured.
- Get insurance info. If possible, get the truck driver’s and trucking company’s insurance information. A helpful tip: take a photo of the insurance card with your mobile device if you’re unable to write the info down.
- Stay quiet. Avoid discussing the accident with any involved parties or witnesses. Don’t talk about how it happened or who was at fault, as even apologizing to the other driver may be taken as admitting fault. Don’t sign anything from an insurance company before talking to an attorney.
- Start documentation. Getting as much info as possible about the accident and the circumstances surrounding it is key to building a comprehensive personal injury claim, so if you’re able, start documenting now. Take photos of the vehicles, photos of the roadway, photos of the driving conditions, any emergency personnel on-site, or any visible injuries. This will help your attorney get a clear picture of exactly what happened so they can determine who was at fault.
- Get legal help. If you think the trucking company’s negligence may have caused your accident, it’s important to get legal counsel right away, even before you file an insurance claim. Your attorney will help you make sure your claim is complete and covers all of your losses.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Get for My Trucking Company Negligence Accident?
The amount of compensation you may receive depends greatly on the severity of the accident and injuries, the circumstances of the accident, and how badly your injuries affect you or your family’s income and well-being. If your accident ended in several broken bones and an extended hospital stay that severely affected your income, you’re likely to receive more in compensation than someone who suffered mild whiplash after a low-speed rear-end collision with a truck.
Compensation for losses in an accident comes in two forms: compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are designed to compensate for losses you suffered as a result of the trucking company’s negligence, both economic and non-economic. Compensatory damages can cover the following losses:
- Lost wages. An accident with a truck can end with a debilitating injury that may affect your ability to return to work. You or your family may fall behind on bills or paying debts due to lost wages. We can help you obtain damages to cover any missed paychecks.
- Property Damage. Trucks are enormous, and even a small collision can be devastating to any other vehicles involved. If your vehicle is damaged or totaled, you may receive compensation to cover the damage to your property.
- Medical bills. If your accident resulted in injuries for you or your family, you may be compensated for any medical bills. This can include hospital stays, emergency transport, ER visits, medication, or treatment following the accident.
- Pain and suffering. There are many losses in a truck accident that are hard to quantify. Accident victims will often feel depressed, anxious, or distressed following their ordeal. Compensation for pain and suffering is meant to help restore your peace of mind following a traumatic experience.
- Wrongful death. In the event of a worst-case scenario following a truck accident, a close family member or anyone financially dependent on the deceased can request compensation for the loss.
Call Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. Today for a Free Consultation
We understand what you’re going through, and we want to help in any way we can. Let our knowledge and experience work for you and your family, and get started down the road to recovery. Call Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. at (770) 205-8827 today, and let us show you how we can help get your life back on track.