Garbage trucks are a common sight in Macon. They are hard to miss with their large frames and the loud noises they make during collection time. Most garbage truck drivers are good at their job. However, there are some that partake in negligent actions that may cause a serious accident to occur.
If you got hurt in a garbage truck accident, you can pursue financial compensation for your damages. John Foy & Associates can provide you with the legal representation you need to get a fair settlement during negotiations or trial. Call us today at (404) 400-4000 to learn more about all of your options.
How do I Establish Fault After an Accident?
When you suffer through a car accident with a garbage truck, you can hold the garbage truck driver liable. It is on you to prove that the negligent behavior of the driver caused your accident. Our lawyers can help you do this for your case by showing that your accident fits these criteria:
- The driver of the truck had a duty of care to you and others on the road.
- Through a negligent action, that truck driver failed to deliver that duty of care.
- Because they failed to keep others reasonably safe, an accident happened.
- Through this accident, you got injured and sustained damages.
In order to prove fault, you will need to collect as much evidence as possible. There are several key pieces of evidence you should retain after your accident:
- The police report of your accident
- Any witness testimonies
- Any surveillance footage of your accident
- All medical records
- Photographs and videos of the accident, your injuries, etc.
Your truck accident lawyer in Macon will help you sort through all of your evidence and ensure that it all gets put towards boosting your case’s strength when you file your claim.
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What Will Your Attorneys do for Me?
In addition to helping you gather and organize your evidence, our attorneys will:
- Negotiate on your behalf for your best interests.
- Represent you in court and handle communications between you and all other parties.
- Provide sound legal advice that is honest and upfront.
Having an attorney represent you only benefits you. It stops the insurance companies and the defense from using various tactics to get you to settle for less.
Never Accept the Initial Settlement Offer
When an insurance company faces a claim for compensation, they will often try to get you to accept a settlement offer way below what you really deserve. They may also resort to delaying the negotiations process, so you end up getting put into a financial position that forces you to accept a lower settlement.
They may also try to avoid responsibility for your accident altogether by shifting the blame on you. Because Georgia is a comparative fault state, if you are more than 50% responsible for your accident, you cannot file a claim for compensation. Their legal team may try to spin the narrative, so you look more at fault than the truck driver they insure.
We will make sure that you do not get put into this position. Never talk to the insurance company or sign anything they give you without consulting a lawyer first. At the end of the day, insurance companies are a business, and they are not on your side. Let us handle them while you focus on recovering from your accident.
Various Damages You Can Get Compensated
Any type of truck accident is devastating for those inside passenger vehicles. You can suffer through severe injuries and end up paying thousands of dollars in damages. You do not have to pay out of pocket if you chose to take legal action against the truck driver. There are many types of damages you can compensate through your claim:
- Lost wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Medical expenses
- Medical equipment and assisted living services
- Vehicle repairs
- Pain and suffering
We will account for all of your economic and non-economic damages and ensure that nothing gets left out of your settlement. Remember to always retain all of your receipts and documentation of your damages, as these will help us accurately calculate all of them.
Don’t Pay Us If We Lose
If worst comes to worst and we cannot recover compensation on your behalf, you pay us nothing. We operate on a contingency basis and do not seek payment from you unless we get the job done. Throughout the entire process, there are no hidden fees and no costs you need to pay upfront.
You Have Two Years to File a Claim
The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §9-3-33 states that you have two years to file a claim after an accident. You want to file at the right time and adhere to this deadline or else you will miss out on your chance to obtain a settlement. Get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible so you can get started on starting your claim.
Call John Foy & Associates Today
The lawyers at John Foy & Associates are well versed in Georgia law. We know how to handle all sorts of vehicle accidents and will help you file your claim at the best time to receive the maximum amount of compensation. For a free consultation at no risk or obligation to you, call us today at (404) 400-4000.