Have you been in an accident with a big truck (Semi or 18 Wheeler)? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Statistics show that in 2007, approximately 124,000 people were injured in crashes that involved commercial trucks and buses. These accidents have a tendency to be more severe than those involving two cars or passenger trucks. This is due, in part, to the fact that a commercial truck can weigh between 10 and 80,000 pounds. This is a significant difference in weight when you consider a typical automobile weighs 3,000 pounds.
Due to the potential for serious accidents when these vehicles are involved, federal and state governments have enacted many laws and regulations concerning commercial vehicles. This is done as an effort to increase safety on the roadways. Sadly, too many trucking companies fail to abide by these laws, either out of desire for profit or poor management, and this leads to many tragic incidents.
If you have been involved in a trucking accident, it is imperative to seek out a Georgia truck accident attorney immediately. Why the rush? Because within minutes of the company finding out that there has been an accident they are doing what it takes to reduce their liability. The insurance company for the business, as well as the corporate attorney, will begin to work on ways to reduce any financial or legal obligations they may have to the victim.
In fact, it is not unusual for an insurance representative to arrive at the scene of the accident or the hospital where you have been taken for treatment trying to obtain a recorded statement. They will try to convince the victim to sign waivers or claim responsibility. This is an effort to reduce or eliminate liability and is never in the best interest of the victim. Many of these victims are so dazed and confused from their injuries that they do not even know what they are signing or agreeing to at the time.
Signing any paperwork or making a recorded statement prior to speaking to your attorney can limit or impair your ability to claim compensation for your injuries.
Our Atlanta GA truck accident attorneys work diligently on behalf of their clients as advocates for their rights as a victim. As a personal injury firm, we aggressively protect the rights of victims and their families, inside and outside of the court room.
When You Are Injured Many Things Come To Mind
Once your health has been stabilized, it is normal to begin asking these questions:
- How am I going to cover these medical bills?
- How will I pay for therapy or other extensive treatments?
- How will I pay my personal bills if I cannot work?
- How will I repair or replace my vehicle?
- Should someone pay for the time I missed at work?
- What if I cannot return to work?
- Why is the insurance company failing to pay my medical bills related to the accident?
- Why am I being denied treatment?
Our law firm is here to help you answer these and other questions you may have concerning your injuries. We are here to help you with the claims process, and we will work on your behalf with the insurance companies to make sure you are being treated properly.
Our attorneys are very experienced in handling commercial vehicle accident claims. We will use all this experience and our resources to review the case and determine liability. If more than one entity is found responsible, we pursue every avenue for just and fair compensation.
If you have been injured in a truck or bus collision, or any other type of vehicular event, including pedestrian accident, we encourage you to contact our Atlanta law office for a free consultation. We will gladly answer all of your questions at that time, explain your rights, and begin pursuing justice.