Macon Truck Accident Lawyer
Tractor trailers and other commercial trucks can be found on roadways throughout the United States. On highways, congested city streets, and mid-size suburban roadways, these vehicles bring consumer goods and raw materials from one step of their supply chain to the next, supporting our nation’s economy.
From a small passenger vehicle, these trucks can be intimidating. They can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and in a truck accident, drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles can suffer severe, even fatal, injuries. If you are injured in a truck accident, your life can change forever.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents;
- Reckless driving;
- Vehicular malfunction;
- Drunk driving;
- Driver fatigue. This is frequently an issue with truck drivers, who are often held to strict deadlines that have them driving for 11 hours per day with little time for sleep; and
- Jackknifing. This is a position where the trailer portion of a truck swings into a narrow angle beside the tractor. It can be very difficult for a driver to recover control of a truck in this position.
What to Do If you are Involved in a Truck Accident
If you or anybody else involved in the accident needs emergency medical care, call 911 to have an ambulance sent right to the scene.
Next, call the local police to have an officer dispatched to the scene. Be sure to file an official police report with him or her. This is a document that details the location of the accident as well as any relevant details like weather conditions or if any state or municipal laws were violated. Do not leave the scene without a copy of the official police report.
Exchange your insurance information with the driver of the truck. Depending on whether the driver is an employee of his or her company or an owner operator, you might have to file a personal injury claim with the company or with the driver’s motor carrier insurance. If there were any witnesses to the accident, take down their contact information as well.
Seeking Compensation for your Truck Accident Damages
Through a personal injury claim, you can seek compensation for the following damages:
- Medical bills;
- Lost wages; and
- Pain and suffering, which includes all intangible damages like the need for counseling to work through emotional trauma.
In Georgia, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of an accident. Be proactive and start working with an experienced lawyer as soon as you can after your accident.
Work with an Experienced Macon Truck Accident Lawyer
After you have obtained the medical attention you need for your injury, consider working with an experienced truck accident lawyer to pursue monetary compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. Contact The Law Offices of Andrew E. Goldner, LLC to set up your free case evaluation in our office. Attorney Andrew E. Goldner has experience handling truck accident claims in Georgia and can advise you through each step of the personal injury claim process.