Augusta Truck Accident Lawyer
If you are involved in a truck accident, you can suffer severe injuries. Broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and organ damage are just a few of the ways a driver can be injured in a collision with a commercial truck. These injuries can have life-changing complications, such as paralysis and psychological trauma.
As a driver, take care to share the road with commercial trucks. Give them the following distance they need and stay out of their large blind spots. By keeping these tips in mind as well as obeying the standard rules of the road, you can significantly reduce your chance of being injured in a truck accident.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
There are many types of negligence that can cause a truck accident to occur, such as the following:
- Drowsy driving;
- Drunk driving;
- Distracted driving;
- Reckless driving; and
- A driver’s inexperience or incompetence causing him or her to lose control of the truck.
However, a truck driver is not always to blame for a truck accident. In fact, while truck drivers certainly have the potential to cause an accident through an act of negligence – such as those acts listed above – a trucking company, a loader of cargo, or a truck parts’ manufacturer may also be held liable. A trucking company may be responsible if the company pressured the driver to breach federal hours of service regulations, failed to maintain or service trucks, failed to properly train a driver, or otherwise committed an irresponsible and dangerous act. A loader of cargo, or a shipper, may be held liable if a shift in cargo caused the accident, and if that shift in cargo would not have occurred but for improper loading or securement. Finally, manufacturers of vehicles and vehicles parts are not perfect, and sometimes, vehicles parts or designed or manufactured with defects that make operation of the vehicle dangerous. Defective tires, brakes, ignition systems, and more can also contribute to a deadly truck accident.
In some cases, a third party other than those listed above may be to blame. A truck accident may occur because of another driver’s actions, such as cutting a truck off or performing an illegal turn maneuver. Or, a truck accident may be caused because of defects in a road, or because an animal runs in front of the truck.
Because of the many potential causes of truck accidents in Georgia, it is essential to work with an attorney who is willing to put in the time and work – and has the skill set necessary – to fully investigate a crash.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
If anybody involved in the accident needs emergency medical attention, call 911 to have an ambulance sent to the scene. Do this first to ensure that anybody in critical condition receives the care they need.
Then, call the local police to have an officer sent to the scene. File an official police report with the officer. This document, which will be an important piece of evidence to support your claim later, contains details about the accident such as its exact location, whether any laws were violated, and the weather conditions at the time of the collision.
Exchange insurance and contact information with the truck driver. If you choose to file a personal injury claim, you will need to file it with the truck driver’s insurance provider. Take as many photographs of the accident as you feel are necessary to communicate what happened. If there were any witnesses to the accident, take down their contact information as well in case you need their testimonies later to support your claim.
As soon as you are able to, you should contact a Georgia truck accident attorney. An investigation into a truck accident should begin as soon as possible; if too much time passes, evidence may be destroyed. Because of the statute of limitations surrounding truck accident claims, which is two years from the date of accident, calling a lawyer immediately following the accident is essential – if you do not file your claim within two years’ time, you will be barred from recovering compensation at all.
The sooner you call an attorney, the sooner they can begin working on your claim and building your case, and the sooner that you may be able to recover the compensation that you deserve.
Seeking Compensation for your Damages After a Truck Accident
An injury sustained in a truck accident can be expensive. To recover money for your expenses, consider filing a personal injury claim. Through one, you can seek compensation for the following damages:
- Medical bills;
- Lost wages; and
- Pain and suffering.
You have the right to seek compensation for all of your losses, both economic and noneconomic. Noneconomic damages are those for intangible losses, such as loss of quality of life or emotional anguish. If you lose a loved one in a truck accident, you can file a lawsuit to recover compensation for the loss of companionship, guidance, and value of services your loved one provided. You can also seek damages for loss of earning capacity and funeral and burial expenses.
In order to recover your full compensation amount, you will need to prove that the truck driver’s negligence directly caused your accident and thus, your damages. You can do this through the evidence you provide alongside your claim. In Georgia, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the accident.
Work with an Experienced Augusta Truck Accident Lawyer
Once you have received appropriate medical care for your injury, it is time to think about pursuing a personal injury claim to seek compensation for your damages with help from an experienced truck accident lawyer. To learn more about this process and discuss your case in detail, schedule your free case evaluation with The Law Offices of Andrew E. Goldner, LLC. Mr. Goldner understands the specific challenges truck accident victims face and can advocate for you to help you seek the money you deserve.