Construction trucks like bulldozers, cranes, and dump trucks are essential to any major construction job. Sometimes, these vehicles have to work on or near the road where passenger vehicles and pedestrians are. In these cases, construction workers need to be extra careful when driving these vehicles.
If a negligent driver causes an accident with a construction truck, you can pursue financial compensation for the damages you sustained. If you need help starting your claim in Savannah, call the construction truck accident attorneys at John Foy & Associates. You can reach us at (404) 400-4000.
Comparative Fault Laws in Georgia
The comparative fault laws under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-12-33 state that you need to be less than 50% responsible for your accident. If you are more than 50% responsible, you won’t be able to file a claim to receive compensation.
Whatever percentage you are responsible for gets deducted from your final settlement amount. Because of these laws, you will want to have strong evidence backing up your claim to prove that you were not at-fault for your accident.
Come negotiation time, insurance adjusters will try to shift the blame on you so that your claim’s settlement gets reduced or so you can’t file at all. Our lawyers will ensure that this won’t happen and will fight to recover you the best settlement possible.
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Who Is Responsible for a Construction Truck Accident?
There are several parties that you can hold liable for a construction truck accident:
- The construction truck driver
- The construction company
- The truck manufacturer
If the driver of the construction truck was operating their vehicle negligently or with little regard for the safety of others, then you can hold them accountable for your accident. Safety is supposed to be paramount on a construction site. If others who aren’t construction workers are commuting nearby, then extra precautions need to be taken.
Construction truck accidents also occur because of the lax standards a construction company can have. Job sites near a road that require the usage of construction trucks will often have hazards to regular drivers. The construction company has a duty to provide proper safety measures and signage on the road.
The responsibility is on them to protect others, not the other way around. Truck manufacturers can be held responsible if the construction truck that caused the accident had known safety defects, and manufacturers are obligated to protect the public if their products are faulty. Failure to do so can put them responsible for your damages as well.
You Can Recover Compensation for Your Damages
Construction truck accidents can result in several serious damages like:
- Lost wages and reduced earning capability
- Medical expenses, prescriptions, physical therapy, ER visits, etc.
- Vehicle repair or replacement
- Emotional trauma and mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Disability or disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
Keep track of all your expenses and never lose your bills or receipts. These are important when it comes to calculating your settlement. For damages that don’t have a fixed value, we will use various sources such as legal precedence, the context of your accident, how deeply your damages have impacted you, and several formulas to come to an accurate evaluation.
Statute of Limitations in Georgia
The state of Georgia only gives personal injury victims two years to file a claim. Anyone who misses this deadline won’t be able to file anymore. There are no exceptions to this rule, so remember to keep the deadline of two years in mind.
You don’t have a lot of time, but you shouldn’t blindly rush into filing quickly. With the assistance of one of our experienced attorneys, you can prepare yourself first before negotiating a settlement. Filing too quickly or too late can be detrimental to your case, and you could end up with next to nothing in your settlement.
Insurance Companies Won’t Play Fair
Don’t expect negotiations to be easy, especially if you don’t have a lawyer. Insurance companies never play fair, and the adjusters they send will always try to convince you to settle fast without an attorney.
Don’t listen to their advice. They’re not trying to get you compensation for your benefit. They’re doing it to protect themselves from paying you appropriately.
Our construction truck accident lawyers don’t seek to exploit you during this stressful and vulnerable time. We will never charge you anything upfront and won’t take any payment unless we can win your case for you. With millions of dollars recovered for our clients over the years, you can trust us to fight hard for you.
Get the Settlement You Deserve Today
If you need a Savannah construction truck accident lawyer to help you file your claim, look no further. The team at John Foy & Associates is available 24/7 to provide assistance. There is no risk or obligation when you take advantage of our free case review and consultation.
Fill out a contact form on our website or call our office at (404) 400-4000.