A variety of auto accidents occur on Bainbridge roads, but truck accidents are often the most severe and devastating. Each year, around 200 people are killed from truck accidents in Georgia—and many more are seriously injured. Because trucks are so large and heavy, a collision with such a massive vehicle can leave the victim(s) with life-changing injuries are astronomical medical bills—or even death of a loved one. If you or a loved one were injured (or the loved one was killed) in an 18-wheeler accident, you are entitled to financial recovery for your expenses. You need to speak with a Bainbridge truck accident lawyer today.
For more than 20 years, our attorneys at John Foy & Associates have been helping personal injury victims get the money they need to cover injury treatment costs and begin to rebuild their lives post-accident. Starting as a small, local law firm, we’ve now grown to be one of the biggest and most well-respected firms in Georgia. We’re here to help you get the financial recovery you need to pay for the mounting costs of being in a truck accident. And we hold a no-risk policy: you don’t pay a thing unless we get you money. For a FREE consultation to discuss your case as soon as possible, contact us today. Call 404-400-4000, or complete the form to the right to start your free consultation.
What Should I Know If I’ve Been Injured in a Truck Accident?
Truck accidents are often very serious, even deadly. Semi-trucks, when fully loaded, can weigh up to 80,000 pounds on Bainbridge roads. This is such a huge contrast with the weight of a regular passenger car, and those riding in smaller vehicles are in great danger when a collision with a truck happens. Plus, it’s harder for semi-trucks to stop suddenly or make turns, and they have greater hazards like big blind spots and hazardous cargo.
If you were injured in a truck accident, you should know what to do after the accident occurs. First, don’t blame yourself. Even if the truck driver tries to put some of the blame on you, don’t admit any guilt or apologize until you’ve spoken with a truck accident lawyer. Although good, trained truck drivers know to be safe and careful out on the roads, they’re also often forced to drive for long periods with little rest—leading to fatigue, lack of sleep, and other emotional states that lead to errors and accidents.
With this in mind, the actions you take after a truck accident, if you’re well enough to do so, can help you truck accident claim when pursuing financial recovery for your costs. Here are some steps to take:
Get medical attention.
If you have injuries that require treatment right away, get medical attention immediately. Your well-being is the most important, and bad injuries can worsen quickly. The same goes for anyone who was a passenger in your vehicle. This is true for car accidents and other auto accidents too, but truck accidents are especially likely to result in extreme injuries. Don’t delay getting a doctor to look at your injuries if they’re severe.
If you don’t have injuries that need immediate treatment, stay at the scene and do the following.
Call the police.
Georgia law states you must report an accident if there is an injury, anyone is killed, or there is property damage over $500. After the accident, your first step should be to call the local police and report the accident. Officers will come to the scene, talk with you, and create a police report of the accident. Tell them everything you can remember about the accident, including any negligence you witnessed from the truck driver.
Exchange information with the truck driver.
Get the truck driver’s name, insurance information, contact information, and license plate number. Exchange the same information with them, too. Their insurance company will be responsible for paying the damages you claim (more on that below).
Gather information about the accident.
The more details you can capture of and about the truck accident scene, the better it is for demonstrating your damages. Use your phone to take pictures of:
- Your injuries and the injuries of any passengers, including right after the accident and periodically afterward, if they worsen over time
- Damage to your vehicle
- The accident scene itself
- Anything else you think could be relevant to the case
You’ll also want to speak with any witnesses of the accident. Get their contact information and ask if they’d be willing to give a statement to the police.
Don’t take anything from the insurance company.
This is a very important thing to know about a truck accident: The truck driver’s insurance company will likely try to lowball you. Don’t take ANY first offer.
Remember that insurance companies are businesses, and they are trying to make a profit. They may use tactics like:
- Trying to offer you money upfront
- Trying to downplay your injuries or ask you questions that you make you seem more well than you are
- Getting you to apologize for the accident
- Trying to record any statement you make about the accident that could be used against you later
Never take the first offer from the insurer, and don’t give any statements or sign any documents until you’ve spoken with a truck accident lawyer. Your lawyer can help you calculate ALL of your costs and damages from the accident so you’ll know exactly what you should receive. Almost all of the time, the insurance company won’t initially offer you anything close to what you really need to cover your expenses.
Talk to a Bainbridge Truck Accident Lawyer for Free
Truck accidents can be extremely serious, painful, and overwhelming for everyone involved. If you or a loved one were hurt in a truck accident, you need legal representation to ensure you seek the financial recovery that’s actually fair and sufficient to cover your damages and move fast this experience. At John Foy & Associates, that’s what we’re here to do. We’ve been helping truck accident victims for more than two decades recover what they truly need to rebuild their lives. For a FREE consultation, we’ll look at your specific situation and discuss the best options for your claim. Contact us today by calling 404-400-4000, or filling out the form to the right for your free consultation.