If you were hurt in a truck accident, you might be entitled to financial recovery for your injuries and damages. You have the right to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party or parties. Although you’re not required to get a lawyer for a truck accident case, it’s often highly recommended—and there are situations where you’ll almost certainly need one.
If you’re ready to get started today, our truck accident lawyers at John Foy & Associates will give you a FREE consultation to discuss your case and how we can help. We can 20 plus years of experience helping injury victims win what they deserve. To schedule your FREE consultation today, call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Below we’ll cover the main circumstances when you should get a lawyer after your truck accident.
There Were Possibly Multiple Parties Involved
In some types of accidents, there are just two parties involved: each driver. However, truck accidents are different. There are usually several parties involved in the accident, and there might be one than one party to blame for what happened.
Surprisingly, a lot of truck accident victims are not even aware of all of the potentially at-fault parties in their accident. This means you could be missing out on additional compensation to cover your damages.
The most obvious person involved in a truck accident is the truck driver, but their trucking company will likely play a part as well. Other parties that may be involved include:
- Truck manufacturers
- Truck parts manufacturers
- Mechanic or repair shops
- Cargo companies
- Government entities
- Or another driver
The fact that your accident involved a truck driver already complicates the case. Plus, the trucking industry has specific state and federal laws it must follow regarding truck maintenance, inspections, qualifications for drivers, logging hours, and more. If anyone dropped the ball, it may have contributed to the accident that injured you.
To make sure all parties are accounted for, it’s best to work with a truck accident lawyer who can investigate. They will be able to identify any potentially responsible parties in the accident so you know where to turn to for compensation.
You’re Not Sure Where to Start
A truck accident case can be very overwhelming, as there are a lot of moving parts. If you’re just not sure where to start or how to begin building your case, reach out to a trusted and experienced truck accident lawyer. They can help you through each step of the process and will know how to protect your legal rights.
If you’re worried about the cost of hiring a lawyer, you can rest easy knowing that most injury lawyers (like John Foy & Associates) do not take a fee unless they win you money. Then, if they do win you a settlement or an award, their fee is simply taken as a percentage of what they win for you. To schedule a FREE consultation with an experienced truck accident lawyer today, call (404) 400-4000 or fill out our online form.
You Have a Lot of Damages
More than any other type of accident, truck collisions can be so serious, even deadly. Semi-truck and 18-wheelers are enormous vehicles that often transport heavy and hazardous materials. If they get in an accident, it can be catastrophic for the victims.
If you were involved in a truck accident, chances are good that you are facing losses like:
- Medical bills, doctor visits, prescription medications, and other treatment-related expenses
- Lost wages and/or loss of earning capacity
- Vehicle repair costs (or a totaled vehicle)
- Pain and suffering damages
- Wrongful death damages (if you lost a loved one in a truck accident)
Accidents with serious injuries or that result in death can easily result in complicated lawsuits—or even multiple cases against different parties. You never want to try representing yourself in this type of situation because you will need legal expertise to see success.
If your damages are high, it’s all-the-more important for you to receive the compensation you deserve. You will want to hire a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible so they can make sure you are on track to seek a fair recovery.
Your Injuries Prevent You from Working
A lot of truck accident injuries will keep you from working for a certain amount of time. Some injuries may prevent you from ever working in the same capacity again. If your work life has been impacted by your truck accident injuries, it’s time to contact a lawyer who can help.
A lawyer who specializes in truck accidents will know how to calculate what you deserve based on your injuries and how they will affect your ability to work both now and in the future.
The Insurance Company Is Giving You Trouble
When there are several parties involved in a truck accident case, it often means more than one insurance policy is involved, too. For example, the trucking company will have an insurance policy, but the truck driver, the truck itself, and sometimes even the cargo in the truck might also be covered by insurance.
Dealing with one insurance company after a truck accident is overwhelming enough. When multiple insurance companies are involved, it can be impossible to know what to do. Insurance companies do not like to pay out much on accident claims, so they will be looking for ways to reduce what they owe to you.
It’s common for insurance companies to reach out to truck accident victims soon after their accident and offer a lowball settlement or try to get information that could be used against them later. To avoid getting taken advantage of, it’s best to work with a lawyer who can handle the insurance companies for you.
You Might Be Partially at Fault
If there’s a chance you may hold some fault in the truck accident, contact a lawyer right away.
In Georgia, under the state’s modified comparative negligence laws, you can still seek compensation if you are less than 50% at fault for the accident (Georgia Code § 51-12-33). However, you might have a harder time getting the compensation you deserve, so you should get a lawyer who can help.
You’re Not Sure of the Best Legal Strategy
While many truck accident cases get settled out of court, the right strategy varies a lot from case to case. To make sure you’re pursuing the correct legal action for fair compensation, contact a truck accident lawyer who can give you advice targeted to your situation.
Talk to a Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer for Free Today
At John Foy & Associates, we have 20 plus years of experience helping truck accident victims win what they deserve. We work only for injury victims—never for insurance companies. To get help with your truck accident case right away, call us today for a FREE consultation at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.