Semi-trucks are a common sight on the road, but in an accident, they can be deadly. Every year, about 200 people die in truck accidents in Georgia. Hundreds more are injured, many of them seriously. If you or someone you love has been in an accident with a truck in Albany, you may be facing costly surgery, hospitalization and long-term medical treatment. You may even have injuries that will last for the rest of your life. You should speak with an Albany truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.
At John Foy & Associates, we understand the toll that a truck accident can take on victims and their families. For the past 20 years, we have dedicated our law practice to helping accident victims get the money they need and are legally entitled to. Since our beginnings as a small local law office, we have grown into one of the most successful and well-regarded personal injury firms in the state. We want you to get a complete financial recovery, and we have a long track record of getting our clients much more money than they’d be able to get on their own.
Don’t delay. Sit down with us for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your case and help you understand your options. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
Why are truck accidents so serious?
Accidents involving large trucks tend to be worse than ordinary car accidents. You only need to look at the size of a semi-truck compared with an ordinary sedan to see why. In addition to their vast size, semis can weigh up to 4000 tons, giving them the ability to crush anything in their path.
Semi-trucks have other qualities that make them dangerous:
- Their size and braking system makes it hard for them to stop quickly
- They have limited visibility and large blind spots
- They may be carrying hazardous or flammable substances, or cargo that creates additional hazards when spilled
- Semis can “jackknife” or roll over
In addition, semi-truck drivers often suffer from fatigue because they are required to put in long days on the road without adequate rest. Although most truck drivers are well trained and careful, we’ve found that fatigue is a factor in many truck accidents.
What kinds of costs can I recover in an Albany truck accident?
In the City of Albany and Dougherty County, you can recover virtually all the expenses that resulted from your accident. This typically includes:
- Your medical bills
- Your prescription medication bills
- Your car repair bills, or the cost of replacing your totaled car
- The pay you lost if you were out of work because of the accident
At John Foy & Associates, our goal is to help you get the treatment you need so you can recover as fully as possible. In serious accidents, this may mean you need months or years of treatment, physical therapy and ongoing care. We don’t want you to take a quick settlement that might not cover the full cost of your care. We will encourage you to get a complete diagnosis and assessment, and then we will negotiate with the insurance company to pay you the FULL cost of your accident, and nothing less.
The insurance company already offered me money. Why do I need a lawyer?
You need a lawyer because you can’t trust the insurance company to have your best interests at heart. Although they may seem friendly and helpful, insurance companies are run for profit, and their ultimate goal is to make money. One way they do this is to convince accident victims to accept far less money than their claim is really worth. We talk to many people who took the “quick money” from an insurance company, and then found out it was not nearly enough to pay for their treatment. By then, they had signed away their rights to further recovery and were facing tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid medical expenses.
A truck accident lawyer levels the playing field between you and the insurance company. We understand the games insurance companies play, and we know what we need to do to get them to pay you a fair settlement. At John Foy & Associates, we begin every case by sending an accident investigator to collect evidence about the accident and what caused it. This alone can sometimes convince the insurance company to pay more money.
Will I have to file a lawsuit?
In many cases we never file a lawsuit. Instead, we resolve the case by collecting evidence and negotiating with the insurance company.
Along with our accident investigation, we will make sure you see a doctor who is qualified to diagnose your injuries and project what they will cost you in the future. We can then prove that you are not responsible for the accident, and we can also show the insurance company how much your case is worth. After seeing that we have a strong case, insurance companies typically offer a substantial amount of money to resolve the claim.
Occasionally, however, the insurance company can’t be convinced. When that happens, we will explain the situation to you and give you our honest opinion about your chances of succeeding in court. If you choose to file a lawsuit in the local courts, our top-notch litigation lawyers will be there to handle your case from start to finish.
How much does a truck accident lawyer cost?
A truck accident lawyer shouldn’t cost anything up-front.
At John Foy & Associates, we don’t think it’s fair to make you pay legal fees when you’re already stretched thin by medical bills and time lost from work. So we have a simple payment structure:
- Your consultation with us is always free
- We will never charge you anything out of pocket
- You won’t pay anything, ever, unless we win money for you
If we succeed in getting you money, we’ll deduct our fees as a percentage at the end. We think this is the best way to make sure you get legal help when you need it most.
Talk to an Augusta Truck Accident Lawyer for Free
If you’ve had an accident with a semi-truck, you need to see a lawyer right away. Georgia law sets strict deadlines for filing accident claims, and if you miss the deadline you won’t be able to get the money you need to pay for your losses. Let John Foy & Associates help you. We will talk with you for free and help you figure out how to proceed. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.