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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 pay, car repairs, and other damages. A Marietta truck accident lawyer with The Champion Firm can help and are available to answer questions by phone, text, or chat. We don’t charge a fee unless we win.
Why Choose The Champion Firm?
Our results, skill, and compassion make us the right choice after a truck accident.
There were 176,000 truck accident injuries in 2018, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). More than 5,100 people died from these injuries. 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 all we can to reduce your stress and give you the time you need to focus on your health and your loved ones. You 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 a deep understanding of 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 with thorough research and aggressive strategy. This ensures that we are ready in case the other side will not negotiate. We do whatever it takes to get our clients the very best result possible.
What to Do After a Truck Accident?
As truck accident lawyers in Marietta, we know that not everyone responds the same way after the crash. We understand how those first hours and days are chaotic. Please consider the following suggestions to help you chart the best course for your future after a truck wreck:
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.
Use your cell phone to take photos of the accident scene, including your damaged car. You can also use your phone to get the phone numbers of potential witnesses. If you were too severely 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 and your opinions after a crash, but this can hurt your chances for compensation. The insurance company could take an innocent remark and use it against you. For now, keep information about your accident to yourself.
Get help from The Champion Firm.
We can become your legal representation during your free initial consultation. A truck accident lawyer 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 Truck Accident Cases
There may be similarities between car and trucking accidents, but the size of the trucks and the injuries involved calls for a different approach to investigating big truck wrecks. The person or business at fault for an 18-wheeler accident may be the driver or a third-party, such as the people who loaded the cargo, the maintenance provider, or the manufacturer. Our truck accident attorneys dig deep to determine who is at fault and who should pay for your injuries.
We Identify all Liable Parties
Even if the truck driver is at fault, there may be more than one liable party in a truck accident. The Champion Firm identifies all responsible parties, including:
- Trucking company
- Leasing company
- Carrier (if different)
- Truck manufacturer
- Trailer manufacturer
- Maintenance provider
What Is Your Truck Accident Worth?
Every case is unique and how much 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 your:
- Medical expenses (Bills now and down the line)
- Lost income (Wages you missed and will in the future)
- Property damage (To your vehicle or items you lost)
- Pain and suffering (The physical and emotional stress you endured)
- Funeral expenses (If your loved one died in a fatal crash)
Commercial Truck Insurance
Federal law dictates commercial truck insurance requirements based on the weight of the vehicle and cargo.
Minimum liability insurance limits are:
- Non-hazardous freight in trucks over 10,001 lbs.: $750,000
- Oil moved by for-hire and private carriers: $1,000,000
- Other hazardous material driven by for-hire and private carriers: $5,000,000
Many trucking companies carrier higher limits. The amount of insurance available often depends on the size of the trucking company and whether the driver is an owner-operator. Naturally, larger, more established trucking companies carrier 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. In response to a letter requesting coverage information, the trucking company, truck driver, and the insurer would be required to disclose all available insurance policies, including any excess or umbrella policies.
How The Champion Firm Maximizes Compensation
Truck accident injuries are often devastating, requiring considerable or life-long care. Tragically, truck accident fatalities are also prevalent. 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 claims by:
- Collecting evidence such as photos, videos, police reports, truck accident reconstruction reports, witness statements, and medical records.
- Communicating with the insurance company and 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 a lawsuit is filed does not mean your case is going to trial. In trucking cases, a lawsuit can help you get the most compensation possible. A lawyer can find out information in the lawsuit process that he or she cannot find out before the lawsuit is filed. Whether the lawsuit is filed against the truck driver’s employer, just the truck driver, or both the employer and the driver, depends on a variety of a strategic considerations that an experienced trucking accident attorney can evaluate.
Georgia follows a comparative fault rule, which means if you’re partly at fault, you might still recover compensation. You have to be less than 50% responsible for the crash though. If you’re between 1 and 49% at fault, then your percentage reduces your final compensation by the percent that you were at fault. For example, if you were 10% at fault, your damages would be reduced by 10%.
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.
Possibly, but 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 discovery. Even if you go to court, you won’t necessarily take your case to trial.
In Georgia, you typically have two years from the date of the crash to file a lawsuit. Certain factors may extend this time period. If a governmental entity is the defendant, there may actually be shorter time limits where you have to give the government agency what is called an ante litem notice. Give us a call to get started right away and avoid missing a deadline.
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 you are getting offered money and do not have a lawyer, it is almost guaranteed that your offer is too low. Insurance companies are not charities. Their job is to make money, and they do that by paying as little as possible on claims. An experienced trucking lawyer can make sure you are getting every dollar of damages you are entitled to receive.
Not without talking to a lawyer first. You aren’t required to provide a statement or answer questions. It’s better to work with an attorney first, and if necessary, answer questions after you’ve prepared how to answer the possible questions truthfully and concisely.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
- Driver Fatigue
- Driver Error
- Driver Distraction
- Impaired Driving
- Inadequate Driver Training
- Brake Failure
- Tire Blowout
- Equipment or Systems Failure
- Unsecured Cargo
- Truck Defects
- Inadequate Maintenance
Common Truck Accident Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Concussions & Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Internal Organ Injuries
- Nerve Damage
Types of Trucks
- Semi-trucks: A tractor-trailer or 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds.
- Oversized loads: Some tractor-trailers or haulers have overly long or wide loads that require greater care when loading and driving.
- Tanker trucks: These 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 vehicles. 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.
- Tow trucks: A tow truck becomes a hazard if it's transporting a poorly secured vehicle.
- Service vehicles: These include utility company vehicles, some of which transport hazardous materials.
- Heavy equipment: This category includes a dump truck or cement mixer.
Why Work with The Champion Firm?
The Champion Firm is committed to treating you and your loved ones like family and helping you obtain maximum compensation after a truck crash 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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