Semi-trucks and tractor-trailers are potential threats on Valdosta roads. The sheer size of a large truck makes it more prone to accidents—and causing serious injuries. If you or a loved one suffered injuries because of a truck crash, our Valdosta truck accident lawyers can help.
At John Foy & Associates, we have been helping injury victims for over 20 years. We can help you and your family seek the compensation you deserve. Plus, we do not charge a fee unless we win your case.
Call us today at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for a free consultation. We are here to help you get started in seeking justice.
Why Truck Accidents Happen
Truck drivers are often more tired than other drivers. Trucks spend many hours behind the wheel, often overnight. Trucking companies also set strict deadlines that pressure drivers to work long hours.
While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has hours of service regulations for drivers, companies don’t always comply. Drivers might forgo breaks or even falsify records to meet deadlines.
Common reasons for truck accidents include:
- Falling asleep behind the wheel
- Distracted driving
- Excessive speeding
- Aggressive driving
- Poorly-secured cargo
- Drunk driving
A tired driver is more likely to make mistakes on the road. They might fall asleep or be too “out of it” to pay attention to other drivers. A drowsy driver can also incorrectly check or secure their cargo.
Sometimes, other parties are at fault for a truck accident. For example, poor truck maintenance could lead to problems that a driver cannot detect. Defective truck parts might also be a manufacturing company error that leads to an accident.
When our team reviews your case, we will investigate the cause of your accident. We’ll look at driver records, work logs, company regulations, and more. Our lawyers leave no stone unturned when working on your case.
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How We Handle the Insurance Companies
Unfortunately, insurance companies rarely fight fair after an accident. If the truck driver was at fault, their insurance company should cover your accident costs. However, the insurer will look for ways to avoid paying everything you deserve.
Truck accidents are often severe. The damages can be serious or catastrophic. If you were a victim of a crash, you must ensure you’re fighting for the full recovery you need.
Insurance companies will use tactics to reduce what they have to pay. These tactics can include:
- Downplaying your injuries and damages
- Asking you to give a recorded statement (to use against you later)
- Saying you don’t need a lawyer to reach a settlement
- Offering you a lowball settlement upfront
- Taking a long time to answer your insurance claim
Our team knows how to handle every insurance company trick. With over 20 years of experience dealing with insurers, we know what to do. We’ll stand firm against any tactics and protect your rights.
Insurance companies are more likely to make a fair offer if you have a lawyer. Legal representation is a sign that you’re taking your case seriously and that you are willing to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Call us today to learn more about your legal rights and how we can help. Contact John Foy & Associates at (404) 400-4000 or reach out online. We’ll get you started with a free, no-risk consultation. There is no charge unless we win your case.
Your Compensation Options After a Truck Accident
If you suffered injuries in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you have rights. According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-1-6, you can recover damages if someone has breached their legal duty.
Everyone in Georgia has a duty of care to others. That includes driving safely and not acting in a way that could cause harm. If a truck driver or trucking company is not careful, they might be at fault for an accident.
As the victim of an accident, you can seek compensation for damages like:
- Medical bills
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Wrongful Death Damages
Tragically, many truck accidents are severe. They often result in death for many victims. If you lost a loved one, you might have a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death case can include damages like:
- Medical costs from the loved one’s last illness
- Pain and suffering the loved one experienced before death
- Lost wages that the loved one would have earned
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of companionship or consortium
Our lawyers will consider every way the accident has affected you, including your emotional damages. We know how to outline each damage to help you avoid paying anything out of pocket. If you or your loved one were not at fault, you shouldn’t have to bear the accident costs.
What Our Valdosta Truck Accident Lawyers Can Do
We start with a thorough investigation of the accident. Then, we’ll begin gathering evidence to support your claim. Some of the actions we might take include:
- Collecting driver logs and maintenance records
- Reconstructing the accident scene
- Working with medical experts
- Calculating your total damages
- Communicating with the insurance company on your behalf
- Negotiating for a higher settlement if you get a lowball offer
Thankfully, most accident claims end with an insurance settlement. However, some situations require further action. If the insurance company does not offer what’s fair, we can help you take your case to court.
Get Help from a Valdosta Truck Accident Lawyer Today
When you work with our team at John Foy & Associates, we’ll get to work immediately. With 20-plus years of experience, we know how to investigate and build cases. We’ll also protect your rights if the driver, trucking company, or insurance company doubts your claim.
Don’t wait to get started. Contact our team today to learn your legal options and protect your right to fair compensation. We do not collect a fee unless we win, so there is no risk of getting started.
If you or a loved one were in a truck accident, reach out today. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for a free, no-risk consultation.