Truck accidents can result in devastating injuries and damages. Our truck accident lawyers in Sandy Springs can help you file a claim to recover financial compensation. Don’t let a negligent truck driver get away with the accident they caused.
John Foy & Associates knows how to help truck accident victims. We’ve spent the past 20 years building a record of success in getting money for accident victims of all types. So, if you or a family member has been hurt in a truck accident in Sandy Springs, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced attorneys today.
What Damages Can I Compensate for a Truck Accident in Sandy Springs?
All accident victims in Sandy Springs are entitled to the entire cost of their injury, so long as the accident was not their fault. The exact amount you might receive will depend on your situation, but in general, you can recover the cost of several economic damages:
- Medical bills
- Therapy, such as physical or occupational therapy
- Auto repairs or replacing a totaled car
- Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
Our Sandy Springs truck accident lawyers will also factor in all of your non-economic damages. Unlike the damages above, non-economic damages don’t have a fixed monetary value. This means that how much you can recover depends on the unique circumstances surrounding your truck accident.
Non-economic damages typically include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional trauma
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Wrongful death
We use various formulas and take a holistic approach to factor in your non-economic damages. Rest assured, we will ensure that every damage related to your truck accident is properly accounted for.
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You Could Also Receive Punitive Damages
According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) § 51-12-5.1, “punitive damages” refer to fines and penalties the truck driver will have to pay as punishment for the accident they caused. Awards for punitive damages aren’t compensatory in nature, but they can still be added to your settlement. Punitive damages only apply when:
- The truck driver was extremely and egregiously negligent in their actions.
- The truck driver was drunk or intoxicated.
- The truck driver caused an accident by committing a crime.
Punitive damages don’t apply to every case. If you want to know if your truck accident case qualifies for punitive damages, you need to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney in Sandy Springs.
When do I Need to Hire a Sandy Springs Truck Accident Lawyer?
You do not have to have a lawyer to pursue your claim. However, in our 20 years of representing accident victims, we have learned that insurance companies rarely offer you enough money to pay for your costs. This is because they are more interested in making a profit than in helping you recover.
If you take the insurance company’s first offer, you’ll also have to sign away your right to more money. Unfortunately, you have very little bargaining power on your own. A truck accident lawyer levels the playing field. When you have a lawyer on your side, you have someone who understands how the system works and can negotiate for you.
Our Sandy Springs truck accident attorneys will send an accident investigator to collect evidence that will help us make a strong case to deal with the insurance company. We won’t let the insurance companies manipulate you into settling for less. In many cases, simply hiring a lawyer is all it takes to get a much better offer.
The Insurance Companies Aren’t on Your Side
After your truck accident, the insurance company may try to contact you. Whatever you do, don’t divulge any information or speak to any insurance adjuster without first getting legal representation. Anything you say will get recorded, and any action you take with them can adversely affect your chances of filing a claim.
Remember, the insurance companies aren’t on your side. They’re trying to get you to downplay your truck accident, admit fault, or make it seem like you weren’t truly injured. If you can’t avoid speaking to them, only give them very basic information and decline any of their offers.
Will I Have to File a Lawsuit or Go to Court?
Most of the time, the answer is no. Once we have assembled our evidence, we will present your case to the insurance company. We will show them what your injuries will cost and give them evidence to show who is legally liable.
When the insurance companies see our evidence, they usually realize we have a solid claim that we might win in court. Insurance companies don’t want to risk losing in a jury trial, so they typically will make a reasonable offer to resolve the case.
Occasionally, though, the insurance company can’t be convinced. If we are unable to resolve your case through negotiations, we will explain this to you and give you our honest thoughts about what you might do next. The choice is yours, but if you decide to take your claim to the local courts, you can rest assured that you will have our top-quality litigation team fighting for you.
How Much does It Cost to Hire a Truck Accident Attorney?
You’ve probably heard about lawyers who charge hundreds of dollars per hour for their services, but we don’t operate like that. We want you to get the money you need, and we don’t see the point in adding to your stress by charging upfront legal fees.
We have a pay structure that makes it possible for anyone to get legal help, no matter their financial situation:
- Your consultation is free.
- You won’t pay anything while we represent you.
- You won’t pay at all if we don’t win money for you.
If we succeed in winning you money, we will collect our fees as a percentage. We think this is the fairest way to help you when you need it most.
The Statute of Limitations for Truck Accidents in Georgia
In Georgia, truck accident victims have just two years to file their claim. Even though this may seem like enough time to get started, many people let those two years pass them by, and they fail to file their claim before the deadline.
Don’t let this happen to you. Evidence can be lost with time. While blindly filing your claim early isn’t wise, neither is sitting on your claim. Get the help you need with our Sandy Springs truck accident attorneys today.
Why Are Truck Accidents So Serious?
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)’s 2019 fatality facts, truck accidents cause over 4,000 deaths in the U.S., with the vast majority of deaths being occupants of passenger vehicles. This disproportionate amount of injury and death to passenger vehicle occupants illustrates how serious truck accidents are.
Consider the size and weight of a truck. The average SUV or sedan stands no chance in an accident with such a powerful and large vehicle. More often than not, the truck driver is the one to come out unscathed after an accident. Trucks are more accident-prone because:
- It’s hard for large trucks to make sudden stops.
- Truck drivers can’t see everything around them because semis have large blind spots.
- Some trucks carry flammable or hazardous materials, putting them at risk for spills and fires.
- Some maneuvers can cause a semi to tip over or jackknife.
For these reasons, truck drivers, above all other drivers, have to exercise a high duty of care for others on the road. The dangers of a truck shouldn’t be underestimated or underplayed. Truck accidents are very serious, and you should always seek a settlement if you’ve suffered an accident with one.
Talk to a Truck Accident Attorney in Sandy Springs for Free
A truck accident can leave you with lasting injuries, and you deserve to get the treatment and financial help you need. Don’t miss your opportunity for a full financial recovery. Let John Foy & Associates give you a free consultation where we’ll talk about your case and help you decide how to proceed. Call us or fill out our online contact form to schedule your appointment today.