If you or your loved one were the victim of a truck collision, don’t allow yourself to be denied your legal rights – or your financial settlement. Contact the Acworth truck accident attorneys at John Foy & Associates today and get the compensation you deserve from the trucking companies.
Our firm has over 20 years of experience getting financial results for families affected by truck wrecks. 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.
The Dangers of Truck Accidents
Over the past 20 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. The heavy weight of commercial vehicles means they hit harder than a normal car, which means greater force.
Also, in accidents with trailers, it is possible for the edge of a trailer to bypass your hood and crash straight through a windshield. This is often a fatal accident and leaves you and your family with questions about funeral expenses and lost wages.
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What Types of Damages Can I Recover in a Truck Accident Claim?
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 that our truck accident lawyers in Acworth will fight for. 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 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 are 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 truck accident lawyer in Acworth 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.
Aren’t Truck Drivers Trained to Avoid Accidents?
They are, to a point. They do need a special license to drive for a company. And the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has regulations in place for truck drivers.
But all too often, these same companies will push for safety violations in the pursuit of profits. They may put drivers in a position to drive while they’re very fatigued or with poor maintenance on their vehicles.
If there is evidence of these kinds of activities in your case, it may be possible to get much more compensation. The courts take a dim view of trucking companies that push their drivers to do unsafe things.
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.
Georgia’s laws on wrongful death state 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 negligently, 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 deceased 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.
Should I Speak With the Insurance Company?
Not until you speak with a truck accident lawyer in Acworth. Anything you say to an insurance company will be used against you when you try to make a claim, and the tricks they use are sneaky and many. Once they know you’re working with a lawyer, they’ll be forced to speak with their equal.
Our truck accident lawyers have helped many clients achieve fair compensation for their injuries through our negotiation skills. In many cases, we’ve been able to get quick and fair settlement offers. But if it’s necessary, we are not afraid to go to court to fight for you.
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Being involved or having a loved one involved in a truck wreck can be a traumatic experience, complicated by mounting medical bills and uncooperative insurance companies. You and your family have been through a lot; don’t put your financial settlement owed you at risk.
Get a FREE consultation from the Acworth truck accident lawyers at John Foy & Associates and get the help you need. Fill out the form to the right or call us and get your free consultation today.