Truck accidents on Georgia’s roads kill some 200 people each year, and hundreds more are injured. When those accidents involve semi trucks, they can be far more serious and cause more severe injuries than other accidents in Decatur. If you have been in an accident with a semi, you may be hospitalized and face months of expensive medical procedures. Your recovery may take years, or may become a lifelong struggle. It’s in your best interest to talk with a Decatur truck accident lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, we’ve been advocating for truck accident victims in the Decatur area for more than 20 years. We began as a small local law firm dedicated to helping people who were injured in accidents, but we have grown into one of the biggest and most respected personal injury firms in the nation. We know that a full financial recovery is essential for accident victims, and we’ve earned a reputation getting our clients the biggest financial rewards possible. In most cases, we recover far more than the insurance company would ordinarily be willing to pay.
If you or a family member has been injured in a truck accident, it’s important to get legal help as soon as possible. John Foy & Associates offers a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case. Contact us today at 404-400-4000 to schedule your free consultation.
Are 18-wheeler accidents worse than other kinds of accidents?
Any accident can be bad, but because of its size and weight, an 18-wheeler is particularly dangerous. A semi truck carrying a full load can weigh in at 40 tons, and that’s more than 20 times the weight of an ordinary car. When you collide with something that big, the results can be catastrophic.
There are other characteristics of semi trucks that make them especially dangerous:
- It’s hard for them to stop quickly
- Drivers may have reduced visibility
- They may be carrying hazardous or flammable cargo
- If a semi “jackknifes” or tips over, it can cause serious damage
Semi truck drivers are also subjected to long hours and grueling schedules, which can make even the most careful driver prone to mistakes. Driver fatigue is a factor in many 18 wheeler accidents.
What money can I recover if I am in a truck accident in Decatur?
Accident victims in the City of Decatur are entitled to full financial recovery for all expenses related to the accident. We routinely help our clients seek costs for:
- Medical treatment such as doctor visits, emergency treatment and surgery
- Prescription medicine
- Rehabilitative and physical therapy
- Repairing or replacing a car
- Lost wages, if work days were missed because of the accident
At John Foy & Associates, we want you to regain your health and make as full a recovery as possible. We know that serious injuries can require months or years of treatment, surgeries and physical therapy. That’s why we won’t pressure you into taking a quick settlement from an insurance company, but instead will help you get a full medical assessment of your injuries and the true cost of your treatment. Then we will put pressure on the insurance company to pay for all your expected costs.
Do I have to hire a lawyer? Can’t I just take the insurance company’s offer?
We all want to believe that insurance companies will take care of us in times of need. But they don’t always live up to that promise. Insurance companies operate for profit and their goal is to make money. One way they do this is to pay as little as possible to people who have claims. We’ve talked to many people who accepted the insurance company’s initial offer, only to learn that they needed additional treatment that would cost tens of thousands of dollars more than they received from the insurance company.
Truck accident lawyers understand how insurance companies operate and the tricks they use to avoid paying you what your claim is really worth. We know how to advocate for you and get the insurance company to negotiate. At John Foy & Associates, we start by sending an accident investigator to collect the evidence we need to build a strong case. Our investigation alone is often enough to convince the insurance company to increase its offer significantly.
Can I recover money without suing anyone?
Most truck accident cases never end up in court.
Usually, we gather evidence and show the insurance company just how much your injuries will cost. We also prove to them that you are not at fault, and thus not legally responsible for the injuries caused by the accident. Once an insurance company sees that we have a strong case that we might win in court, it is often willing to offer much more money to avoid going to court.
Sometimes, however, the insurance company won’t increase its offer. If this happens, we will explain your options and you can decide whether to file a lawsuit in the local courts. If you do go to court, rest assured that our experienced litigation team will handle your case every step of the way.
What does a truck accident lawyer cost?
We don’t believe in making accident victims pay up-front fees. We want to help you recover from your injuries, and we don’t think it’s right to ask you to pay out of pocket just to get the compensation you deserve. Instead, we have a fee structure that anybody can afford:
- Your initial consultation costs nothing
- You have no out of pocket costs while we handle your case
- You pay nothing, ever, unless we win money for you
If we do recover money for you, we will take our fees as a percentage of the amount we get. We think this is the fairest way to do business.
Talk to a Decatur Truck Accident Lawyer for Free
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you must act quickly to avoid missing deadlines for filing your claim. At John Foy & Associates, we are happy to help. We will give you a thorough consultation, FREE of charge, to explain your rights and your options. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.