Garbage trucks are essential for neighborhoods and businesses in Alpharetta. But sometimes, these trucks can become involved in serious accidents. A garbage truck accident can cause severe injuries, property damage, or even death.
If you or a loved one were hurt in a garbage truck accident, you have rights. The driver or another party might be responsible for your injuries and other damages. At John Foy & Associates, our Alpharetta garbage truck accident lawyers can help you seek compensation.
Our team has been helping accident victims for over 20 years. We know what it takes to win cases, and we’re not afraid to fight for your rights. We also do not collect a fee unless we win your case. Call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.
Why Garbage Truck Accidents Are Complicated
Garbage truck accidents are more complex than typical car accidents for many reasons:
- Garbage trucks are larger and heavier than other vehicles, which can lead to much more serious damages.
- Garbage truck contents can spill from the truck and injure others during an accident.
- Trucking companies must follow specific regulations when transporting fuel.
- Several parties could be at fault for a garbage truck accident.
Companies are often responsible when their employees cause injuries on the job. If the garbage truck driver is at fault, their employer is probably liable for the costs. However, a manufacturer, mechanic, or someone else related to the truck’s function could also be at fault.
Georgia follows partial fault laws. That means more than one party could be at fault for accident damages. You will need to know who is responsible before filing a claim.
Garbage truck accidents are also often covered by large insurance policies. The insurance company will work to reduce what they have to pay on a claim. Because these accidents are usually costly, you will probably need to fight for the compensation you deserve.
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What Compensation to Expect from a Garbage Truck Accident
Any losses from your accident are your personal injury damages. These damages can include:
- Doctor and hospital bills
- Prescription medications
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Keep in mind that trucking companies and their insurers are not on your side. Large companies have entire teams of lawyers ready to fight against injury claims. So, it’s best to get a lawyer on your side as soon as possible to level the playing field.
A lawyer can calculate your damages and determine what you deserve. They can also stand up against the insurance companies and their tactics. At John Foy & Associates, our founder is the “Strong Arm” because we’re not afraid to stand up for your rights.
Contact us today to discuss your legal options. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for a FREE consultation. You don’t pay us a thing unless we win your case.
Garbage Truck Accident Wrongful Death Claims
Certain family members can bring a wrongful death claim after the loss of a loved one. If someone has died in a garbage truck accident, talk to an experienced lawyer about your rights. You might be entitled to damages like:
- Loss of the loved one’s expected income
- Medical treatment costs from before the loved one’s death
- Pain and suffering that the loved one experienced before they died
- Funeral and burial costs
Of course, money can never make up for the loss of life. But we find wrongful death claims helpful for the surviving family members. They can recover costs as they begin to heal.
What to Do After a Garbage Truck Accident
Your actions after the accident can go a long way. Contacting a lawyer is the best way to know your legal options from the beginning. However, here are some steps you can take to also build your case.
Report the Accident
Be sure to report the accident to the police. The officer(s) should create an accident report on the crash. You will need a copy of this for your records.
Document the Scene
Accident scenes can get cleaned up quickly. Before anyone can change or clean up the evidence, try to document it for yourself.
Take pictures of:
- All vehicle damage
- Your injuries
- Skid marks and other details about the crash
- The entire accident scene
You might also take a video if the driver is acting suspiciously. If you think the driver is under the influence, a video can help show that. Be sure to also tell the police about your suspicions.
Talk to Witnesses
Other people might have witnessed the accident. If so, talk to them. Ask for their names and contact information. Your lawyer will use this information to interview witnesses later.
Get Medical Treatment
Many garbage truck accident injuries are severe. If you need emergency medical attention, call 9-1-1 at the scene. Otherwise, see a doctor for an examination as soon as possible.
Getting treatment after the accident will:
- Prevent your injuries from worsening
- Ensure you know the full extent of your injuries
- Create a record of you receiving treatment for your injuries
The company or their insurer will look for clear evidence of your injuries. If you don’t have good evidence, they’ll use it against you. Waiting too long to see a doctor can quickly work against your case.
If you need help finding a good doctor, call our Alpharetta garbage truck accident lawyers. We can assist you in getting the care you need—and documenting it.
Save Proof of Your Damages
Keep track of any bills or receipts from your crash. Take notes on how the accident has affected you. Save anything you can that shows your losses from the accident. This will go a long way towards helping you build your case.
Talk to an Alpharetta Garbage Truck Accident Lawyer Today
Garbage truck accidents are often severe, even deadly. Don’t get stuck paying for someone else’s mistakes. Contact John Foy & Associates to work with professionals who will fight for what you deserve.
Call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for a FREE consultation. We bring 20-plus years of experience to the table, and there is no charge unless we win you money.