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Negligent truck drivers and their employers should be held accountable. If you or a loved one are hurt, you could recover compensation to pay for your medical care, lost wages, vehicle repairs, and other damages. A Marietta truck accident lawyer with The Champion Firm can help. We are available to answer questions by phone, text, or chat. We don’t charge a fee unless we win.
Why Choose Our Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers?
Our results, skill, and compassion make us the right choice after a truck accident.
More than 182,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks and buses in 2019, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). More than 5,000 people died in an accident involving a large truck or bus. Tragically, most of these accidents were preventable. Our award-winning and compassionate Marietta truck accident lawyers can make liability clear and recover what you need to move forward.
The Champion Firm Difference
Clients receive unparalleled client service. We do everything we can to reduce your stress and give you the time you need to focus on your health and your loved ones. You’ll get regular case updates, and we return your phone calls or emails promptly. We treat you with the respect and compassion you deserve.
We understand truck accident cases. Our legal team has extensive experience with federal and state trucking regulations, as well as Georgia liability, negligence, and insurance laws. We have recovered millions for truck accident victims. Our experience pays off for you and your loved ones.
You have peace of mind. A truck accident lawyer with The Champion Firm takes care of everything: evidence, witness statements, and insurance claims. We handle the many details and deadlines necessary to get you the compensation you deserve.
We prepare every case for trial. Our lawyers prepare every case like it could go to trial. Although most cases will settle beforehand, our team conducts thorough research and puts together an aggressive strategy. This ensures that we are ready, in case the other side will not negotiate or offer a fair settlement. We do whatever it takes to get our clients the best result possible.
What to Do After a Marietta Truck Accident?
As truck accident lawyers in Marietta, we know that not everyone responds the same way after the crash. Accidents are unexpected, and the first hours and days after a crash can seem chaotic and stressful. Please consider the following suggestions on what to do after a truck accident. The success of your case may depend on it.
Get medical care immediately.
Some truck accident victims need life-saving care and are taken by ambulance from the scene. Others see their family doctor or go to a walk-in clinic. However you choose to receive medical care, get it as soon as possible after the accident. A doctor or other healthcare provider must see you to document your injuries and start on a course of treatment.
Take pictures and get phone numbers at the scene.
While you’re on the scene of an accident, try to take pictures of any injuries, damage to the vehicle, road signs, as well as traffic and weather conditions. Ask the witnesses for their contact information, in case you need to reach them afterward. If you were too injured or in shock to take pictures after the crash, call The Champion Firm so that they can send an investigator before evidence disappears.
Keep all receipts.
Be sure to keep track of everything you paid out of pocket. Your truck accident lawyer can seek compensation on your behalf.
Stay silent on social media.
It is tempting to post pictures or update your friends after an accident, but posting on social media can hurt your chances for compensation. The insurance company could take any posts, pictures, or comments and use that material against you. For now, keep information about your accident to yourself.
Get help from The Champion Firm.
The Champion Firm offers free initial consultations. If you decide to hire our firm, our truck accident lawyers will notify your insurance company, examine the facts, and begin the process of recovering compensation.
How are Trucking Accidents Different Than Car Accidents
Determining Liability in Marietta Truck Accident Cases
The sheer size and weight of commercial vehicles, and the injuries these vehicles can cause, call for a different approach in investigating big truck wrecks. The person or business at fault for an 18-wheeler accident may be the driver or their employer. It could also be a third party, such as the people who loaded the cargo, the maintenance provider, or the truck manufacturer. Our truck accident attorneys conduct thorough investigations to determine who is at fault and who should pay for your injuries.
Liability in Marietta Truck Accident Cases
There may be more than one liable party in a truck accident. The Champion Firm identifies all responsible parties, including the:
- Trucking company
- Leasing company
- Carrier (if different)
- Truck manufacturer
- Trailer manufacturer
- Maintenance provider
What Is Your Marietta Truck Accident Worth?
Every truck accident case is unique. The value of your truck accident claim is worth depends on several factors, and we can go over those with you personally. Generally, the more extensive your injuries, the higher your damages, and therefore a potentially larger settlement.
After a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your:
- Medical expenses (Current bills and future treatment)
- Lost income (Lost wages and lost earning potential)
- Property damage (To your vehicle or personal items)
- Pain and suffering (The physical and emotional stress you endured)
- Funeral expenses (If your loved one died in a fatal crash)
Commercial Truck Insurance
Truck insurance requirements are set by federal law, and are based on the weight of the truck and the cargo it’s carrying. Minimum liability insurance limits are:
- Non-hazardous freight in trucks over 10,001 lbs.: $750,000
- Trucks weighing more than 10,001 pounds carrying hazardous materials such as oil; moved by for-hire and private carriers: $1,000,000
- Carries more than 3,500 pounds of hazardous materials, driven by for-hire and private carriers: $5,000,000
Many trucking companies carrier higher insurance limits than what’s required under federal law. The amount of insurance available often depends on the size of the trucking company and whether the driver is an owner-operator. Larger, more established trucking companies typically carry higher policy limits. An experienced trucking attorney can find out the available coverage by sending a formal request for an insurance disclosure. Under Georgia law, the trucking company, truck driver, and the insurer would be required to disclose the name of each known insurer that may be liable to the accident victim.
How Our Truck Accident Lawyers Maximize Compensation
When a passenger vehicle collides with a large commercial truck, the passenger vehicle almost always loses. Truck accident injuries can be devastating, requiring considerable or life-long care. Or, it’s also common for tractor trailer accidents to be fatal. We make sure to evaluate both your current and future damages carefully. An insurance settlement is final, so it must cover all economic and emotional losses. Our team is here to protect you and your loved ones from future financial stress.
The Champion Firm maximizes trucking accident compensation by:
- Collecting evidence such as photos, videos, police reports, truck accident reconstruction reports, witness statements, and medical records.
- Communicating with the insurance company and at-fault parties in preparing your case for the courtroom, if necessary.
Marietta Truck Accident FAQs
During your free consultation, ask the lawyer if they’ve handled cases involving similar accidents and injuries. Ask them the types of results they have obtained in those cases. While every case is unique, a lawyer who has handled a case with similar issues as yours can apply that experience to your case to help you get the best possible result.
The first issue is whether a lawsuit is necessary. Many cases settle, but sometimes a lawsuit is necessary. Just because you filed a lawsuit, that doesn’t mean your case is going to trial. In trucking accident cases, a lawsuit can help you get the most compensation possible. Whether the lawsuit is filed against the truck driver’s employer, the truck driver, or both the employer and the driver – this depends on a variety of strategic considerations that an experienced trucking accident attorney can evaluate.
Georgia follows a modified comparative fault rule, which means if you’re partly at fault, you might still be able to recover compensation. Under Georgia law, you can receive compensation for an accident as long as you’re less than 50% responsible for that accident. If you’re partly responsible for the accident, your compensation will be reduced by that percentage. So, for example, let’s say a judge finds that you’re 25% at-fault for an accident. That means that the compensation you’re entitled to after an accident will be reduced by 25%.
Every truck accident case is unique, but you can expect it to take several months at a minimum. Many cases, especially those involving serious injuries, can take a year or longer. It depends on what the issues are in the case. Does the trucking company admit liability? Do they contend the accident did not cause your damages? Do you have high damages? The larger the case the more the trucking companies and their insurers tend to fight the claim, resulting in a more drawn out process. It is important to focus on getting the most compensation possible for our claim, even if it takes longer. A quick settlement typically means a low settlement.
Most personal injury cases settle out of court. Sometimes, it’s in your best interest to file a lawsuit and learn more about the crash and the trucking company during the discovery process. You can use that information to negotiate a better settlement or case result.
Under Georgia law, you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit and four years to file a property damage lawsuit. This time limit is called the Statute of Limitations. If you wait to file after the Statute of Limitations, you may lose your legal right to recover from the at-fault party. You should talk to your truck accident attorney as soon as possible, as there are certain situations that can shorten or extend this legal time frame.
Maybe. It depends on the offer and the value of your claim. It’s best to talk with an experienced trucking accident lawyer about what your injuries are worth and whether the offer is fair.
If the insurance company knows that you do not have a lawyer, the settlement offer will likely be much lower than what you’re entitled to. Insurance companies are for-profit companies; their goal is to pay the least amount of money possible. An experienced truck accident lawyer can make sure you are getting every dollar of damages you are entitled to receive.
No, not without talking to a lawyer first. You aren’t legally required to provide a statement to the other party’s insurance company or answer their questions. It’s better to let your attorney handle the insurance company, so that your words are not manipulated.
Common Causes of Marietta Truck Accidents
- Driver Fatigue
- Driver Error
- Distracted Driver
- Impaired Driving
- Inadequate Driver Training
- Brake Failure
- Tire Blowout
- Equipment or Systems Failure
- Unsecured Cargo
- Truck Equipment Defects
- Inadequate Maintenance
- Wide Turns
Common Truck Accident Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Concussions & Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Internal Organ Injuries
- Nerve Damage
Types of Commercial Trucks
- Semi-trucks: A tractor-trailer or 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded.
- Oversized loads: Some tractor-trailers or haulers have overly long or wide loads that require greater care when loading and driving.
- Tanker trucks: These trucks have a long cylinder instead of a trailer and carry liquid and solid products, including hazardous materials.
- Delivery vans and trucks: This is a broad range of vehicles, including UPS, FedEx Amazon, and USPS trucks. It also includes any delivery vans or trucks for corporate or residential deliveries.
- Box trucks: Businesses often use box trucks, which are smaller than semi-trucks, to make deliveries. Box trucks are typically 10-26 feet long and can weigh anywhere between 12,5000 to 33,000 pounds. Most box trucks have roll-up doors in the back of the vehicle.
- Tow trucks: A tow truck becomes a hazard if it's transporting a poorly secured vehicle, or if the tow truck itself is poorly maintained or has faulty parts.
- Service vehicles: These include utility company vehicles, some of which transport hazardous materials. Service trucks are smaller and lighter than other commercial vehicles. They include pickup trucks and small vans.
- Heavy equipment trucks: This category includes a dump truck or cement mixer.
Why Work with Our Semi-Truck Accident Attorneys?
The Champion Firm is committed to treating you and your loved ones like family and helping you obtain the maximum compensation after a truck crash. This can include compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and any future losses. We do this with compassionate client service and aggressive legal representation.
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