All car accidents involving semi trucks are serious. An 18-wheel semi simply has so much mass that smaller vehicles always lose out, and the injuries and property damage involved can be extreme. In Gainesville, some of the most painful cases we take on come from truck accident victims. If you have been involved in this kind of accident, we urge you to speak to a lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, our Gainesville truck accident lawyers know how to help accident victims. We have spent over 20 years working exclusively for the victims of injuries and accidents across the state. We know that the months after an accident can be traumatic, with physical pain, financial pressure and uncertainty about your future. Let us sit down with you for a free consultation to discuss your legal options and help you get the largest financial recovery possible. Contact us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What makes semi truck accidents unique different from other car accidents?
Semi trucks simply have more momentum behind them than any other vehicle, and they represent one of the most dangerous forces on the road. When fully loaded, a single semi truck can weigh 80,000 pounds or more—roughly the same weight as 23 regular cars in a row. The force of 23 vehicles hitting your car, pickup truck or SUV can be devastating. Victims of truck accidents routinely suffer life threatening injuries. Many will have disabilities for life.
Other factors also make truck accidents unique among car crashes. For example:
- Trucks have a hard time stopping, and simply cannot stop as quickly as other vehicles
- Truck drivers often have limited awareness of vehicle behind their tractor trailer, or even to the sides
- Drivers face strict delivery schedules, often causing them to drive when fatigued
- Some trucks carry flammable substances, chemicals or other dangerous materials
What causes a typical truck accident in Gainesville?
The causes can vary widely from one truck accident to another. Most truck drivers are experienced professionals, and the truck driver is not at fault in all accidents. However, because of the danger they represent to other motorists, truck drivers have a responsibility to be particularly careful in how they drive. And drivers face intense pressure from their employers to stay on the road and keep hauling—as quickly as possible. This means there are several factors that we see in one truck accident case after another:
- 1 in 3 truck accidents involve driver fatigue as a factor.
- Lack of maintenance. In roadside inspections, approximately a third of all trucks do not meet standards.
- Drivers breaking rules. When polled, more than half of truck drivers admit they have faked their road logs so they could stay behind the wheel longer than allowed by law.
What should I do if I’m in an accident with a semi truck in Gainesville?
Above all, protect your rights. Truck companies are often large freight companies, many of them from out of state, and they are top customers for insurance companies. Their insurers will go to great lengths to avoid paying you what you’re owed, both to protect their own bottom line and for the sake of the trucking company. These insurers have an army of lawyers looking for ways to deny or downplay your claim—you can be sure that the money they offer you is not nearly what your claim is worth.
The ways you can protect yourself start at the accident scene itself. After calling 911, you should:
- Look for witnesses. Anyone who saw the accident happen could be a valuable witness. Talk to others at the scene, including bystanders and other drivers. Ask witnesses for their contact information.
- Snap pictures. A picture can help show the extent of the damage or vital clues as to who caused the accident. Take as many pictures as you can.
- Video record your conversation with the truck driver. If the driver is fatigued, intoxicated, or using pills to stay awake, a video can provide crucial evidence.
- Get medical attention. Always see a doctor for your injuries, even if they appear minor at first.
Above all, get legal help. The only way to level the playing field with the insurance company is to have a lawyer of your own on your side—preferably one who has a history of working on truck accident cases. We will always provide a free consultation to help you determine if you have a case.
What costs can I recover in a Gainesville truck accident case?
The City of Gainesville follows state law and allows you to recover 100% of your costs and damages related to the accident. We typically see damages including:
- Medical bills such as hospital stays, surgery, and doctor appointments
- Prescription drugs
- Rehabilitation or physical therapy
- Wages lost because you missed work for reasons related to the accident
- Car repairs or replacing your vehicle
In addition, the local courts could award you substantial amounts of money for the physical pain you suffered, any disability caused by the accident, or other serious losses. We don’t believe that this money can ever make up for a life changing injury or the loss of a loved one. However, we have seen financial recoveries save families from bankruptcy as they deal with the aftermath of the accident. Many truck accident claims are worth $100,000 or more.
How do I know how strong my truck accident claim is?
The best way is to get an opinion from a professional. At John Foy & Associates, we make this as easy as possible. We can come to your home, your workplace, or anywhere else that’s easy for you to meet. We charge nothing for your consultation, and if you decide to proceed with your case, we charge you nothing unless we win you money. We want you to be able to make the best decision after your accident, with no risk and no pressure.
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John Foy & Associates is dedicates to helping accident victims. Let us help you. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.