An average of 160 people are killed in Georgia every year because of a large truck. The significant size difference between a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle makes them especially dangerous. Big trucks are harder to stop, maneuver, and accelerate quickly. They also cause more severe injuries than the average passenger car accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident in Norcross, you need a truck accident lawyer to help with your case. You may be able to recover losses from missing work and staying in the hospital—and other less obvious damages.
John Foy & Associates knows just how severely a truck accident can affect your life. Serious injuries can change your ability to work and influence things you do every day. Although no amount of money can really make things right, getting money from a lawsuit can help you address some of the financial losses that happen after a truck accident. John Foy & Associates’ 20+ years of experience can definitely be useful in your lawsuit. Let us give you a free consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What kind of damages can I recover in a truck accident case?
The short answer is: “It depends.”
Every case is different. What one person can get for money damages may not be the same as what you can recover. It will depend on a variety of factors, including:
- How serious your injuries are
- Whether your injuries will go away entirely in the future
- Whether you will have long-term disfigurement
- The severity of your property damage
- How your injuries have affected your ability to work
- Your total medical expenses
- Whether you must have medical treatment in the future
- How your injuries affect other aspects of your life, such as your ability to do household chores, engage in your hobbies, or play with your kids
In many situations, you won’t realize just how much your injuries will change your life until months or even years after the accident. There may come a day when you know that you stopped doing things you love because of your truck accident.
In Norcross and statewide, you may be able to get damages based on the following expenses or losses:
- Property damage. If you were in a truck accident, chances are that your car was probably totaled or at least severely damaged. Your lawsuit will address this type of loss, even if your insurance company already paid for all or part of the damage.
- Medical expenses. Truck accidents in Norcross often come along with serious injuries, which means serious medical bills. Your lawsuit will help address these burdensome expenses.
- Wage losses. You likely had to miss work while you recovered from your accident. These days away from your job will usually be added to your total damages. This is true even if you used vacation while you were in the hospital or recovering at home.
- Loss of earning capacity. Some truck accidents are so severe that you won’t be able to go to your last job. You may never be ready to go back to work at all. In those cases, you’ll have a claim for “lost earning capacity.” This accounts for the money that you would have made if you could have continued to work, usually in the same job you held before the accident.
- Pain and suffering. There’s no way to actually account for the pain and suffering that you experienced because of a truck accident. But, you can get money for these losses too. This type of damage usually includes both physical and mental pain.
Other damages may also be available depending on your unique situation. For example, if you are experience panic in a vehicle after your truck accident, you might be able to include this mental anguish in your request for damages too. After all, you wouldn’t have this fear if it weren’t for the truck accident.
Who is involved in a truck accident lawsuit?
Several businesses or individuals may be involved in a truck accident case. You might be able to bring the following defendants into court for your truck accident case.
- Truck Driver. The most obvious person involved in your case will be the truck driver. But, chances are that the driver was hauling something for someone else. The driver is rarely the only defendant involved in a truck accident case.
- Trucking Company. The truck driver was most likely working for a trucking company at the time of the accident. As an employee, the driver’s employer may also be legally responsible for the crash.
- Insurance Company. Like most other drivers on the road, the truck driver or the trucking company likely had insurance for their vehicle. You’ll usually deal with an insurance company when you’re involved in a truck accident.
While these three players are the usual participants in a truck accident case, others can also be involved too. For example, if the accident happened because the truck’s brakes were not installed correctly, the person or company that did the brake installation may also be partially at fault. The people that loaded the truck, maintain the truck, and even the truck manufacturer could also be involved.
Likewise, although the federal government is almost never directly involved in a claim, federal regulations will play a bigger role in your truck accident case than you might think. Trucks have to follow specific federal rules in addition to Georgia law. Failing to follow these laws could be a sign of carelessness or recklessness—which often results in legal liability for your injuries and damages.
Talk to a Norcross Truck Accident Lawyer for Free
A commercial truck accident can change your life. You need someone that will work hard for you because they understand just how important this case is to your future and current well-being. John Foy & Associates gets it—we want to help you get back on your feet financially after a truck accident. Let us give you a FREE consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.