Truck Accident Settlements & Compensation in Georgia
Being involved in a truck accident can significantly affect your life. When someone else’s negligence leads to your injuries, you have a right to compensation for your medical bills, damaged property, pain and suffering, and other related financial losses.
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Unfortunately, recovering the maximum compensation you deserve may be complex and overwhelming.
With help from an experienced Marietta truck accident lawyer, however, you can get the most from your case. Contact The Champion Firm at 404-596-8044 for a free consultation.
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Truck Accident Damages & Compensation
If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, you have the legal right to be compensated for your injuries. This includes economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages, also known as specific damages, are designed to compensate the accident victim for their actual, measurable losses. Examples of economic damages include: compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, or the cost of repairing or replacing a vehicle. Your attorney will use evidence such as financial records, bank statements, and receipts to prove economic damages.
Non-economic damages, or general damages, are damages that are not measurable. They cannot be tallied using receipts and a calculator. Non-economic damages are subjective, such as: emotional distress, pain and suffering, or loss of enjoyment of life. While some states place limits on non-economic damages, Georgia law does not have such restrictions on non-economic damages in place.
Some commonly awarded damages in Marietta truck accident claims include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Disfigurement and skin scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of potential future earnings
- Hospital bills and ambulance fees
- Cost of medical equipment and prescription medications
- Future medical care and other medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reputational damages
- Property damages
- Loss of companionship and love
- Loss of guidance and society
- Loss of advice and support
To find out how much your truck accident claim is worth, reach out to your attorney to discuss your specific losses in greater detail.
Low-Ball First Settlement Offers
If the insurance company makes you a settlement offer, do not accept it without first reviewing it with your attorney.
Insurance settlement offers are typically far less than what you are legally entitled to. The insurance company is looking for every opportunity to reduce or deny you the benefits and compensation you deserve. They may try to argue that you should accept the low settlement because you need the money right after the accident. Or, they might ask you for a statement so that they can manipulate your words and make it seem like you’re accepting fault for the accident.
A truck accident attorney can negotiate a settlement on your behalf and hold the insurance company accountable for its financial obligations to you.
Factors That Impact Truck Accident Settlements
As your attorney is calculating the value of your claim and your potential truck accident settlement, they will consider a variety of factors. They evaluate the severity of your injuries and your medical prognosis. They will also consider if your injuries will have long-term effects, whether physical, mental, or financial.
Your attorney will also include who is at fault for the accident, whether multiple parties are involved, and if an insurance settlement will cover the full cost of recovery.
Dealing with the Insurance Company after a Truck Accident
Insultingly low offers are not the only way insurance companies take advantage of truck accident victims. Insurance adjusters may ask you to give them a statement. You may want to help move along the insurance claims process but giving the insurance adjuster a statement could be one of your biggest mistakes.
Insurance adjusters have been known to twist the statements of well-intentioned claimants and make it appear as though they have accepted fault for causing the accident or expressed remorse. If this happens, you could be accused of sharing fault for causing the accident.
The insurance company may be able to reduce your compensation based on your portion of liability under Georgia’s modified comparative negligence laws. Instead of allowing the insurance adjuster to make you a victim twice, direct them to your attorney, who can give them the facts they need.
Why Consult a Lawyer?
Although there is no legal requirement that you have a truck accident lawyer, doing so could make all the difference in securing the compensation you deserve.
While you focus on recuperating, your truck accident lawyer can handle the legalities. Some of the most important responsibilities your truck accident attorney will handle include:
- Investigating the cause of your truck accident
- Obtaining evidence needed to prove liability
- Reviewing your damages to calculate the value of your truck claim
- Preparing your insurance claim
- Negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf
- Preparing to bring your case to court, if needed
- Fighting for full compensation at your truck accident trial
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Truck Accident Settlement & Compensation FAQs
The truck accident claims process can seem intimidating. So that you feel more confident and knowledgeable about what to expect, The Champion Firm has answered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding truck accident compensation and the claims process. If you have additional questions, please contact us for a free consultation.
What’s the average truck accident settlement?
Every commercial truck accident is different, so there is no “average” truck accident claim or settlement. After carefully examining your injuries and other losses, your attorney can help you better understand what your claim could be worth.
How long does getting compensation take?
You may be able to obtain an insurance settlement in as little as several months. However, if insurance negotiations prove unsuccessful and your case needs to go to court, it may take one or more years before you see the compensation you are entitled to. Despite this wait, securing the compensation that is rightfully yours may help ease any financial burdens in the future.
How long do you have to file your claim?
Under Georgia law, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. You have four years from the date of the accident to file a property damage claim. These timeframes are called the Statute of Limitations. If the accident victim does not file before the Statute of Limitations, they will likely lose their legal right to have their case heard in court. So, the sooner you reach out to a truck accident lawyer, the better for filing your case on time.
Reach Out to The Champion Firm
If you hope to get the most out of your Marietta truck accident insurance and civil claims but are unsure where to get started, reach out to the Marietta truck accident lawyers at The Champion Firm for help. Give us a call, 404-596-8044, or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation.