A motor vehicle crash is always a scary experience. But when a passenger car collides with a commercial truck, the consequences are often catastrophic for the people in the smaller vehicle. Modern commercial trucks are complex machines with multiple layers of legal ownership and liability, and sorting out who is responsible for paying damages to accident victims is often not as simple as you might think.
If you have been involved in a such a collision, you should contact an experienced North Georgia truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Hiring a lawyer is understandably not your first priority following a truck accident–that would be obtaining proper medical care. But Georgia law imposes certain legal deadlines on filing personal injury claims arising from truck accidents, so it is simply in your interests to begin working with a lawyer sooner rather than later.
Who Is Liable for My Truck Accident Injuries?
What makes truck accidents so legally complicated? Consider that with many commercial vehicles each part–the tractor and the trailer–may be owned by a different entity. In some situations the driver owns and operates his own truck, while other times they are employees or independent contractors working for larger trucking companies.
But ownership is just part of the picture. A truck accident may be the result of improperly loaded cargo, a defect in the design or manufacture of the vehicle, a failure to properly maintain the truck, or negligence on the part of the driver. Each of these potential explanations need to be fully investigated before you are in the best position to deal with an insurance company or file a lawsuit. A skilled Atlanta truck accident lawyer understands how to conduct such investigations, making sure no detail is overlooked.
Will I Have to Go to Court?
We understand that many truck accident victims are wary of bringing a lawsuit that may take several months or years to resolve. But the reality is that litigation is only necessary in a small minority in cases. At DeMedeiros Injury Law, our first priority is always to negotiate a settlement with the defendant and its insurance company. Indeed, we find that in many situations, simply having a skilled lawyer makes the insurance company more likely to negotiate a fair and complete settlement.
But if negotiations fail to produce an outcome that you find acceptable, we are prepared to fully litigate your case in court. This means that a judge or jury will determine if you are entitled to compensation, and if so, how much. Under Georgia law you may seek damages for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other financial losses. And depending on the nature of the defendant’s’ conduct, you may also be able to seek punitive damages.
But before we can determine how much compensation you may be entitled to, you need to call us or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.