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If you or a loved has been injured in a truck accident, it is important that the attorney you select to handle your claim has experience handling cases involving this specific type of motor vehicle accident. In Georgia, truck and tractor trailer accident lawsuits can become complicated due to intertwining state and federal laws, as well as the number of parties who can be held liable for a crash.
At Morgan & Morgan, our attorneys are well-versed in these laws and how they may overlap, and are also skilled in handling negotiations with multiple parties simultaneously. Our Atlanta truck accident attorneys have established a track record of successfully navigating these often complex cases, collecting the damages our clients need to recover from the crash with the truck or tractor trailer.
To learn how our Atlanta truck accident attorneys may be able to help you, please complete our case review form today to have your claim reviewed at no cost to you. You may have legal recourse to recover compensation for your losses.
Georgia Truck Accident Lawsuit Process
Investigation: Immediately following the accident, the insurance company (for the truck’s driver, owner, maintenance company, etc.) will send analysts to the scene to gather as much as information and evidence as possible in an attempt to limit their potential liability. You should contact an Atlanta attorney as soon as possible after the crash to provide him or her with the opportunity to conduct an investigation of his or her own.
It is important to remember that insurance companies are for-profit businesses that will try to compel you into agreeing to a low-ball settlement offer. While on the scene and during the insurance company’s investigation, do not discuss the accident or your injuries with anyone except your treating physician and attorney. In these discussions, insurers will attempt to uncover information they may be able to use against you. Your attorney will handle all discussions with the insurance company and other involved parties on your behalf.
Creating a Claim: Your attorney will create your claim using the information collected during his or her investigation. This claim will state your injuries, request compensation for your losses, and illustrate how the opposing party was negligent and therefore responsible for your injuries. Your claim will be the basis for your Georgia truck accident lawsuit, which be may resolved through settlement negotiations, arbitration, or litigation.
Negotiations: Before formally filing your lawsuit, it is likely your attorney and the insurer will attempt to negotiate a financial settlement without going to court. Another round of settlement negotiations will likely occur after your lawsuit has been formally filed with the state. If negotiations are still unsuccessful, your case will proceed to court.
Litigation: Your attorney and the opposing party will each have the opportunity to present their case in front of a judge and/or jury. Once the cases and evidence have been presented, the judge or jury will deliberate and hand down a verdict. This verdict will include which party was at fault, and if you prevail, the amount of compensation you should recover.
How Our Atlanta Attorneys Prove Truck Drivers’ Negligence
During his or her investigation to pinpoint negligent behavior, your attorney may:
- Investigate whether the vehicle was maintained properly
- Review the company’s log books to ensure federal and Georgia state trucking regulations were properly followed
- Review the drivers’ credentials
- Investigate whether local traffic laws were followed
- Analyze the scene of the accident by reviewing Atlanta police reports and photographs, interviewing witnesses, reconstructing the accident with the assistance of experts
- Attempt to identify any manufacturing defects in the truck and other vehicle
What Compensation Can Be Recovered?
A truck accident victim may be eligible to recover damages for their losses, including:
- Present and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Funeral costs
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in Georgia, you may have legal recourse. To learn more about your available options and how our Atlanta truck accident attorneys may be able to help, please complete our free case review form today.