Over the past twenty years, truck accidents have increased over 20%. In fact, Acworth is close to the deadliest interstate highway in the country—and many of those deaths involve large 18-wheel trucks. These accidents tend to be more dangerous and cause more severe injuries than accidents involving simple passenger vehicles, and medical expenses tend to be amplified. If you or your loved one were the victim of a truck accident, don’t allow yourself to be denied your legal rights—or your financial settlement. Contact an Acworth truck accident lawyer today.
The lawyers of John Foy & Associates have over twenty years of experience getting financial results for families affected by truck accidents. Let us use our knowledge to guide you through every step of the process, from figuring out how to prove who is at fault to filing a wrongful death claim. We’re happy to give you a free consultation to get you started. Fill out the form to the right or call us at 404-400-4000 today for your free consultation.
What type of damages can I recover money for in a truck accident?
Truck accidents aren’t just painful or emotionally devastating—they can be extremely expensive as well. Medical bills tend to add up very quickly, and add extra stress while you and your loved ones are still dealing with the emotional fallout of the accident. That’s why your financial recovery is such an important part of your legally protected rights.
The expenses that can be covered with a truck accident claim may include:
Present and future medical expenses
Truck accidents are usually very dangerous experiences, and injuries can be both serious and costly. Your health insurance may only cover so much before the financial burden transfers to you and your loved ones. A well-negotiated financial recovery can pay for ALL of these costs.
Time away from work due to personal injury or caring for loved ones means money not being earned. Depending on the severity of the injury, your time away from work may be weeks, months or more. (If you are not able to return to work at all, you are able to recover money to offset the long-term financial impact as well.)
In fatal accidents, funeral costs are also covered
Nothing is harder than losing a loved one unexpectedly and unnecessarily to an accident. Money cannot undo this, but it can offset things like funeral costs and other final expenses. Loved ones can recover this money in addition to the medical bills and other costs their loved one accrued before passing.
There also intangibles that come into play when deciding the right amount of a financial settlement. Pain and suffering and mental anguish is a real concern among truck accident victims and their families. Victims who have suffered particularly serious outcomes can often see their truck accident recovery amount doubled, tripled or more. This number can’t undo what happened, but it helps you keep your life together and move forward in the best way possible.
Who is liable in a truck accident in Acworth?
Figuring out who is liable in a truck accident is often more difficult to determine than a passenger vehicle accident. In a truck accident, there are several parties who could potentially be at fault. This includes:
- The truck’s driver
- The owner of the truck or trailer
- The person or company that leased the truck or trailer from the owner
- The manufacturer of the truck, tires or other mechanical parts that may have contributed to the accident itself or the severity of the accident
- Whoever loaded and/or secured the truck’s cargo (if the truck is transporting cargo that was a factor in the accident)
A good accident lawyer will investigate every detail of the accident and review all contributing factors to determine who is at fault. In addition, the various parties at stake might debate amongst themselves as to who is at fault. A truck company may blame the brakes. In turn, the brake manufacturers may say the truck company failed to adequately keep up with the brakes’ maintenance. This can work to your favor, but only if you have someone who knows the law making sure the buck stops with one or more of the parties involved.
My loved one was killed in a truck accident. What can I do?
Truck accidents are some of the deadliest accidents on the road. Losing a loved one in an accident is unimaginable, and it can be difficult to know how to proceed. Your best option may be to file a wrongful death claim, which our attorneys can handle for you. The law states that a person can file a wrongful death claim if the negligence, wrongful act, carelessness or default of one party caused the death of another. In other words, if the truck driver or company involved in the accident may have acted in a negligent way, your loved one’s death would be deemed “wrongful” and you may have recourse to file a wrongful death claim.
The surviving spouse, children or parents of the deceased have the right to file a wrongful death claim. This can be done as an individual or part of a group. Below are some of the damages that may be recovered in a wrongful death suit:
- Burial and funeral expenses
- Lost earning capacity
- Support, care, maintenance and advice the deceases would have provided to the family
- Mental, emotional pain and anguish
- Any inheritance that is lost—including what the deceased would have saved and awarded to family members if the deceased had lived to a normal life expectancy.
- Medical expenses accrued by the deceased prior to death
It can be difficult for people mourning the death of a loved one to have the state of mind needed to navigate the messy terrain of wrongful death suits. Our lawyers have helped families through this difficult circumstance before. We’re here to give you the compassionate, caring legal advice you need to get the financial recovery your family deserves.
Talk to an Acworth Truck Accident Lawyer for Free
Being involved or having a loved one involved in a truck accident can be a traumatic experience, complicated by mounting medical bills and uncooperative insurance companies. You have your family have been through a lot; don’t put your financial settlement owed you at risk. Get a FREE consultation from John Foy & Associates and get the help you need. Fill out the form to the right or call 404-400-4000 today and get your free consultation today.