If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident involving a commercial tractor-trailer (often called a “semi truck”), you’ve probably sustained some very serious injuries or maybe even lost a loved one. You may have a lot of questions about what you should do next and if you can hold someone accountable for the losses you have suffered.
There are several things you should do immediately to protect yourself and your family if one of you have been injured or killed in a truck accident. Taking certain steps will help you recover from your injuries and losses and seek fair compensation from those that caused them.
An accident involving a tractor-trailer or semi truck is much different than an accident involving two cars. Similarly, a semi truck accident case is different than a case involving two ordinary drivers. For one, the damages are usually far higher—semi trucks are massive, heavy, and dangerous vehicles that fly down highways at very high speeds. The injuries and medical costs involved in semi truck accidents are often much more serious than ordinary car accidents too. That’s especially true when the accident results in a wrongful death.
Perhaps most importantly, an accident involving a commercial semi truck usually means there is also a company employer who you can hold accountable for your injuries. Under Georgia law, a company is liable for your injuries when its employee’s negligence caused the accident, and you may be able to seek extra damages if you can prove that the employer’s policies for its truck drivers contributed to the accident, such as corporate policies requiring them to drive long hours without rest.
Common causes and examples of accidents involving semi trucks include:
Truckers and trucking companies also carry much larger insurance policies, sometimes up to 50 times as much as a typical car insurance policy. This is because these trucks are more dangerous, but also because they are generally used for commercial purposes by big and powerful companies. This means the value of a truck accident case may be much, much higher than an ordinary car accident case, but it also means the insurance company will fight that much harder to deny you fair compensation or find a way to pay you as little as possible.
If you retain one of our experienced truck accident attorneys, you can expect us to take the following actions to protect your case and maximize the value of your claims:
Our experienced truck accident attorneys have been helping victims recover for their injuries for over 20 years. We have been successful over that time because we put our clients’ interests first and put in the work and effort necessary to make sure we get them the best outcomes possible.
Part of our success also comes from our battle-tested strategy. Many other truck accident lawyers will encourage you to take the first or second settlement offer from the insurance company, even though you may be entitled to far more. Some truck accident attorneys are scared of a trial.
Not us. We will prepare your case as if it is going to trial in order maximize your leverage and pressure the insurance company to settle on your terms. If they won’t we will take them to trial and beat them there.
Call our firm to talk to one of our experienced truck accident attorneys. We only take a limited number of cases, so we can dedicate our time and resources to your case and help you get the justice that you and your family deserve.