Construction trucks are common through Sandy Springs and the rest of Georgia. Also known as dump trucks, these vehicles help clean construction sites, move large materials, and more. However, an accident with a construction truck can happen at any time.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a construction truck accident, you have rights. You might deserve full compensation for your medical costs and more. Talk to a Sandy Springs construction truck accident lawyer about filing a claim.
John Foy & Associates understands truck injury claims. We have been helping injured clients and their families for over 20 years. To learn more about what we can do for you, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for a free consultation.
Why Construction Truck Accidents Happen
Construction truck drivers must have good experience and training. If something goes wrong, an accident can occur. Accidents often happen because of:
- Driver inexperience
- Poor driver training
- Too-heavy truck loads
- Overworked or exhausted drivers
- Faulty or defective truck parts
- Another driver’s negligence
Lack of training can cause a driver to make careless mistakes that lead to an accident. Plus, drivers can overload construction trucks, leading to loss of control or spill materials. The truck or spilled contents can hit other vehicles, causing serious crashes.
Driving a large truck is also a stressful experience. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the stopping distance for a truck going 55 mph is nearly 50% higher than for a car. Construction trucks are also harder to operate with larger blind spots. If a driver is overworked or under-rested, they can make dangerous mistakes.
Sometimes, another driver is careless and collides with a construction truck. Construction site workers, other drivers, or pedestrians can become victims.
Types of Construction Trucks
Examples of construction zone trucks include:
- Dump trucks
- Cherry pickers
- Cement mixers
If drivers aren’t careful, construction truck accidents can happen while traveling between sites. On-site accidents can also occur, injuring other drivers or workers.
No matter the type of construction truck, you have rights if you were injured. The driver or another party could be liable for your accident injury costs.
Getting Help with Your Truck Accident Claim
If you have injuries from a construction truck accident, you might have a case. You can file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for your damages like:
- Medical costs
- Prescription medication costs
- Medical devices
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Lost future earnings
- Vehicle repair expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
If a loved one died in an accident, you could have a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death case can include the above damages plus funeral and burial costs.
Extensive damages are common with truck accidents. The injuries are often severe or life-threatening. But if you were not at fault, you can file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. Most of the time, the responsible party is a driver or the driver’s employer.
There are two types of damages under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-2-2. Special damages include medical bills and other financial losses. Your general damages are about how the accident has affected you, including pain and suffering. It’s important to know all of your damages before filing your claim.
Be Wary of the Insurance Company
Frustratingly, insurance companies usually offer a lowball settlement. After your accident, the insurance adjuster will spring into action. They’ll investigate the accident and look for ways to pay less.
If there’s anything the insurance company can use against you, they’ll find it. That includes questioning your injury costs and other damages. The insurance adjuster might also use tactics like:
- Downplaying your injuries
- Blaming you for the accident
- Using something you’ve said against you
- Asking you to give a recorded statement
You can level the playing field by working with a Sandy Springs construction truck accident lawyer. Talk to a lawyer who can gather evidence and protect your rights. They’ll know how to communicate and negotiate with the insurance adjuster.
John Foy & Associates can help. We’ll handle the insurance companies so that you don’t have to. Contact us to learn more during a free, no-obligation consultation. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
How a Construction Truck Accident Lawyer Can Assist You
If you’re the victim of a construction truck accident, you may deserve compensation for your costs. An experienced lawyer can help you build a strong case. It’s important to work with a professional who can fight for what you deserve.
A lawyer can help your case by:
- Investigating the truck accident
- Gathering evidence of your damages
- Calculating your total accident losses
- Handling the insurance company for you
- Helping you file a lawsuit if necessary
Most of the time, a lawyer can help you get a fair settlement offer. The insurance company is more likely to offer more if you have a lawyer.
Your lawyer will also determine who is responsible for the accident. The at-fault party could be:
- The truck driver
- A construction company
- A government agency
- Another driver
More than one party could be partially at fault. In that case, you might need to file more than one claim. Thankfully, your lawyer will investigate and help you take the correct action.
A lawyer will also make sure you file within the deadlines. In Georgia, you usually have two years from the accident to file a lawsuit. But if a government entity is at fault, you only have six months. Every case is different, so consult with a lawyer to guide you in the right direction.
Talk to a Sandy Springs Construction Truck Accident Lawyer
Construction truck accidents can be serious and costly. If you suffered injuries, you might have huge medical costs, emotional damages, and more. But don’t get stuck paying for an accident that wasn’t your fault.
Our lawyers at John Foy & Associates are dedicated to justice for victims. We’ll review your case and help you build a strong claim. While you focus on healing, we can handle the legal side of things.
Working with us is risk-free because:
- We don’t charge a fee unless we win you compensation.
- Our fee is simply a percentage of what we win for you.
- The consultation is 100% free.
To get your free consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online today.