Trucks are involved in about 200 traffic deaths in Georgia each year, and hundreds more people suffer severe injuries. If you have been in a semi-truck accident in Duluth, you may be facing a long recovery with surgeries, hospitalizations and ongoing rehabilitation. Some injuries will never fully heal. But help is available to ease the financial burden of your injuries. You need to talk to a Duluth truck accident lawyer.
John Foy & Associates has been helping truck accident victims in the Duluth area for more than 20 years. When we opened our small local law firm, we committed ourselves to working for victims exclusively, and we have stuck to that mission as we have grown into one of the biggest and most successful law firms in Georgia. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, let us sit down with you to go over your claim and show you how we can help. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What makes 18-wheeler accidents different from other accidents?
Any car accident can cause serious injuries or even a loss of life. But because semi-trucks are so large, a truck accident is more likely to lead to devastating damage. A semi with a full load can weigh in at 40 tons, and that’s over 20 times as much as an ordinary car. The size and weight alone can cause disastrous injuries.
But semi-trucks also present other dangers:
- It’s hard for trucks to make sudden stops
- Truck drivers have large blind spots and limited visibility
- Trucks may carry hazardous or flammable substances
- Semis are prone to “jackknifing” or tipping over
Truck drivers are also a factor. While truck drivers generally are well-trained professionals and careful drivers, they also have grueling schedules with long hours on the road. Fatigue affects judgment and is a factor in many truck accidents.
How much money can I recover for a truck accident in Duluth?
The City of Duluth applies Georgia law and allows accident victims to recover 100 percent of their costs and damages related to the accident. If you were in an accident, you may be able to recover:
- Medical expenses such as doctors, hospitals, surgeries and tests
- Prescription drug costs
- Physical therapy costs
- The cost of repairing your car or replacing a totaled one
- Lost wages—the pay you lost if you missed work because of the accident
Our goal at John Foy & Associates is to help you make the fullest recovery possible and rebuild your life. We know life is not easy after a major accident, and you may be facing months or years of treatment. That’s why we will never encourage you to take the first offer you get from an insurance company. We want you to get a full medical diagnosis from doctors who understand your condition and can predict how long your recovery will take and what it will cost. Only then will we pressure the insurance company to give you every penny you deserve.
Why should I hire a truck accident lawyer if I already have an offer from the insurance company?
An insurance company should be there for you in times of trouble, but that’s not really how insurance companies operate. Insurance companies are “for profit” businesses, which means they want to keep costs low and profits high. To do this, they will offer you fast money in hopes of settling your claim cheaply, before you even know what your injuries will cost, long-term. We talk to many people who took this money and now wish they hadn’t. They regret signing away their rights because they’ve found out that their care will cost far more than the insurance company payment.
A truck accident lawyer sees these insurance company games every day and has a strategy for dealing with them. An experienced lawyer knows how to make the insurance company pay. For example, at John Foy & Associates, we start off every case with an investigation. We collect evidence showing how your accident happened, and we refer you to doctors who can assess your injuries. Often this is all we need to do to get significantly more money out of the insurance company.
Will I have to go to court?
We resolve most of our cases outside the courtroom, before a lawsuit is ever filed.
What usually happens is that we collect the evidence we need to build a strong case. Then we show the insurance company proof of the way the accident happened and that you were not at fault. We also give them expert medical opinions about how much your injuries are going to cost. Once they see that we have the evidence to back up your claim, they know we could win in court. Rather than risk a trial, the insurance company will usually offer a fair amount.
But occasionally, an insurance company refuses to budge. If this happens in your case, we will talk it over with you and explain your options and the risks involved. It’s up to you to decide, but if you do take your case to the local courts, rest assured that our litigation team is ready and able to represent you all the way.
How much does it cost toh2accident lawyer?
You shouldn’t pay anything up front.
At John Foy & Associates, we don’t like the idea of billing you by the hour when you’re already dealing with injuries from an accident. So we have created a payment structure that makes our services affordable for everyone:
- Your consultation with us is free
- Our services cost nothingout of pocket
- You pay nothing, ever, if we don’t win money for you.
If we get you a financial recovery, we will collect our fees as a percentage at the end. We think this is the best way to get you the help you need as quickly as possible.
Talk to a Duluth Truck Accident Lawyer for Free
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you need to act quickly. There are strict deadlines for filing truck accident claims, and if you miss your deadline you won’t be able to recover anything. Let John Foy & Associates give you a free consultation to go over your claim and help you decide what to do. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.