Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyer
Atlanta Truck Accidents
If you were in an accident with a big rig, you almost certainly were injured. Most cars or motorcycles are no match for tractor-trailers that can weigh up to 100,000 pounds.
What will you do in the face of physical trauma? How will you and your family cope if you're out of work for months or if you can't return to the workforce at all? You're probably going to have significant medical bills following hospitalization, follow-up medical care, and physical therapy. These costs add up fast.
The physical injuries, emotional trauma, and financial stress may seem like too much to bear. You need to hold the at-fault driver responsible and seek compensation for the damages so you can begin to rebuild your life and find your new normal.
That’s why you need a reliable truck accident attorney. That’s why you need Greathouse Trial Law. Let one of our skilled truck accident attorneys help with your legal struggles so you can focus your energy and strength on your recovery. We will partner with you to prepare a claim and seek damages for your injuries.
What Should You Do If You’re in a Truck Accident?
Stay on the Scene
If you can do so safely, remain at the scene. Leaving the accident scene before getting cleared by police may result in criminal charges.
Check on Others
What expenses can be compensated?
If you have the physical ability and can safely check on other drivers or passengers involved in the accident, do so.
A call to 911 gets police and emergency services to the scene. The police will investigate and prepare a police report to document the accident.
Trade Important Information
Exchange relevant information with any other drivers involved in the accident. Get a name, phone number, driver's license, and insurance information. You should also get contact information for any witnesses.
Keep a Record
If you are physically able and can do so without further jeopardizing your safety, take pictures, and make detailed notes about the events surrounding the accident. Necessary details include the time of the accident, road conditions, and weather. These specifics will be crucial if you hire a truck accident attorney and file a lawsuit.
Get Medical Help
If you are fortunate enough to walk away from a truck accident, you are luckier than most. Even if you don’t believe you’re seriously injured, this is an excellent time to be safe rather than sorry. The treatment at the emergency room will also become part of your medical records, which will be vital in the event of a lawsuit.
Contact an Atlanta Truck Accident Attorney
You need to ensure your safety and emergency medical care. Once you are physically able to do so, contact Greathouse Trial Law. You may be wondering whether or not you have a case. Let us worry about that. Following a free consultation, we’ll let you know if we feel you have a case and help you figure out what to do next.
Why choose greathouse law?
At Greathouse Trial Law in Atlanta, Georgia, we’ve made it our mission to give the voiceless a voice.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, we’ll partner with you to seek compensation to give you the resources you need to rebuild your life.
Why contact us? In addition to our knowledge and experience, here are a few reasons:
- Free Consultation –We’ll take the time to listen to you to determine whether or not you have a case and let you know the potential worth. If you’re recovering from injuries, we realize you might not be up to a meeting in our offices. We offer phone and virtual consultations for your convenience.
- Strong reviews –Greathouse Trial Law has excellent reviews and ratings. We have more than 100 Google reviews. We also have a score of 10.0/10.0 and a five-star rating on Avvo, the respected lawyer search site.
- Highly responsive – When you reach out to us with a question or concern, we understand you’d like an answer sooner rather than later. We’re proud of our prompt responses when we’re dealing with clients.
- Highly efficient– Our team doesn’t like to waste time. We work efficiently to resolve cases as soon as possible and get you your settlement in a timely fashion.
- Complex understanding – We know the law in Georgia, and we're not intimidated by a challenge. Our team is tenacious, and we'll work hard, particularly in the most challenging cases.
- Straight Shooters – Contacting a car accident attorney may be a big decision for you. We bet you want nothing more than to return to a normal life. We’ll tell you the truth and work efficiently to resolve your case.
- Compassionate law – At Greathouse Trial Law, compassion is not just a buzzword. We genuinely care about you and understand that your life has been turned upside-down. We'll work hard to make things right.
- Personal attention – We know you and your case are unique. Our team will treat you like a person, not just another case file.
- We Keep You Updated – Transparency is key. We want you to know what’s happening with your case at all points in the process.
- Transparent progress– Sometimes the car accident lawsuit process moves slowly despite our best efforts. We know that can be frustrating. We're committed to communication, and we'll update you every step of the way.
- Flexible access – We respect your busy schedule. That’s why we offer flexible meeting times for your convenience. We answer the phone 24/7, so someone is available at all times. You can also contact us anytime via the live chat feature on our website.
- Another opinion –If you already have a lawyer, but you don't feel you're getting enough information, attention, or results, we can provide a second opinion on your case.Greathouse Trial Law is located in Atlanta, but we serve clients throughout the state of Georgia. We’ll partner with you to reach the best possible outcome, and we don’t collect fees or costs unless we win your case. Call us at (678)-310-2827.
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What NOT to Do After a Truck Accident
As we mentioned, you should check on others involved in the accident. Be polite and helpful, but do not admit fault. You may find it hard not to mutter, “I’m sorry,” at a time like this when emotions are running high. The trucker’s insurance company or lawyer could use this admission of fault against you.
Also, refrain from sharing details of the truck accident with people around you or friends and followers on social media. Anything you say or share online could come back to haunt you during a lawsuit.
Two Common Causes for Truck Accidents
Visibility issues cause many truck accidents in and around the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Drivers of large commercial trucks often don't see cars and motorcycles. When the truck tries to change lanes, it results in an accident. Visibility can also play a factor when cars and motorcycles attempt to pass a truck. If the smaller vehicle is in the truck driver's blind spot, the truck may cause an accident.
Speed is another common factor. Drivers may have a hard time controlling, maneuvering, and stopping trucks moving at high speeds. A large truck + high speed + small passenger vehicle = a dangerous and potentially deadly combination.
If you were involved in a truck accident and think the truck driver may be responsible, you should contact one of our truck accident attorneys to see if you have a potential personal injury suit. We can help you determine if you're able to recover damages, and if so, assist you in doing so.
Other Factors to Consider in a Truck Accident
Truck drivers and trucking companies fall under Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations, part of the Department of Transportation.
As your truck accident attorneys, we know and understand the regulations that may factor into a truck accident lawsuit, including:
- Failing to hold and/or maintain a valid Commercial Driver’s License or CDL;
- Exceeding daily and/or weekly maximum operating hours;
- Failing to adhere to trucking company hiring and training requirements;
- Lacking compliance with inspection and maintenance regulations; and
- Failing to comply with rules regarding the size, weight, and security of the load.
Depending on the relationship between the truck driver and the trucking company, you may seek damages from both the individual and their employer.
It's important to remember that the truck driver or company must be negligent in some manner. Georgia laws regarding truck accidents are complicated. Our experienced truck accident attorneys are happy to help. Call for a consultation today.
Different Types of Truck Accident Injuries
If you or a loved one are involved in a truck accident, the injuries can be catastrophic. Injuries we typically see in truck accident cases include:
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Neck injuries
- Brain hemorrhages
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neuropsychological damage
These injuries may cause lifelong pain and suffering, as well as critical disruption to your career and home life. If you or a loved one is the victim of these or other severe injuries from a truck accident, reach out to our team at Greathouse Trial Law to discuss the potential for compensation.
Truck Accident Claims
We need to consult with you before sharing any specific determinations about your truck accident claim, but we can share what we often see during this process.
The insurance company that covers the truck driver will investigate, hoping to find that the driver is not liable for any wrongdoing. If that’s not the case, the insurance company may offer you a small settlement quickly. They want this claim to go away fast, and in your injured state, a quick settlement may seem like the perfect way to put the collision behind you.
The problem is your severe injuries, and ongoing medical treatment may burn through the funds from a lowball settlement quickly. Once you've settled, you will not receive any additional compensation, meaning those medical bills will come out of your pocket. You should ALWAYS consult a knowledgeable, experienced truck accident attorney before you agree to any settlement offer.
Remember, a consultation with Greathouse Trial Law does not mean you are obligated to file a lawsuit. Your truck accident attorney can help negotiate a settlement that will be sufficient to cover your needs. Your lawyer may also recommend pursuing more substantial damages at trial. We won't know what's best — and you won't know — until we explore your truck accident details.
While we certainly don’t want to rush you into a consultation or a lawsuit, we must remind you that the statute of limitations for a truck accident in Georgia is two years. That means you have two years from the date the accident occurred to file a lawsuit.
If you do not meet this deadline, you may forfeit any right to pursue compensation from the truck driver or trucking company. Please contact us well before the statute of limitations runs out so we can help protect your rights.
Truck Accident Damages
If you or a loved one suffer severe injuries due to a truck accident or a loved one gets killed, you have the legal right to seek compensation for damages. These damages may be:
Things like property damage, medical costs, lost wages, and future earnings fall under the category of economic damages. Economic damages are objective and straightforward to calculate. You likely have some type of paperwork, like medical bills or pay stubs, to back up these dollar amounts.
Non-economic damages are more subjective and more difficult to quantify. These amounts typically relate to damages for pain and suffering, the views of which vary significantly from victim to insurance company to jury.
In some instances, under Georgia law, victims of truck accidents may seek compensation for punitive damages. This type of compensation is reserved for the most critical negligence, typically resulting in severe injuries and death.
You need an experienced Atlanta truck accident attorney to help decide the type and amount of damages you may reasonably pursue. Your attorney can also help determine if an out-of-court settlement or litigation will be most beneficial to you.
Your truck accident attorney will examine the idea of comparative negligence with you. According to Georgia law, if YOU are partially responsible for the truck accident, you are dealing with an issue called comparative negligence or comparative fault.
If you are found to be more than 50% responsible for the accident in question, you may not be eligible to recover compensation for your injuries.
Again, the laws surrounding truck accidents can be complicated. Our skilled truck accident attorneys will help guide you through the more challenging aspects of the law and your claim.
Greathouse Trial Law: Home to Atlanta's Top Truck Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one suffered injuries due to a truck driver’s negligence, we will partner with you to seek the compensation you need to rebuild your life. Our mission is to give the voiceless a voice.
Greathouse Trial Law can provide an experienced truck accident attorney as well as:
We’ll spend time learning about you and your accident, so we can let you know if you have a case. We provide phone and virtual consultations for your convenience.
Strong reviews and ratings
Greathouse Trial Law has more than 100 Google reviews. We also have a 10.0/10.0 rating and five stars on the lawyer search website Avvo.
If you are contacting us about a truck accident, we know you need answers right away. Our team is highly responsive and will always get back to you quickly.
Our staff would rather not waste time. We work hard and fast to resolve your case and secure your settlement.
We know Georgia law, and we're up for the challenge of a truck accident lawsuit. Our tenacious team works hard on the most complex cases.
You've made a big decision by reaching out to a truck accident attorney to start rebuilding your life. We'll work efficiently to conclude your case.
At Greathouse Trial Law, we believe in compassion. When your family’s life is turned upside-down by a truck accident, we’ll take the time to care and set things right.
You’re not just a case number or a collection of billable hours. You’re a unique individual, and that’s the way our team will treat you.
Due to their complex nature, truck accident cases may move slowly despite our best efforts. We’ll keep in touch and provide regular updates to help minimize the frustration you may feel.
If you already have a lawyer, but you want a second opinion, a member of our team will consult with you regarding your truck accident claim.
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Greathouse Trial Law serves clients all over the state. We offer flexible meeting times, and we're available by phone or chat 24/7.
Do I have a case?
If you or a loved one were a victim of a truck accident, you might have a case against the at-fault party. You must comply with the legal guidelines to file a successful claim. That includes filing the claim before the statute of limitations expires and proving that the other driver was at fault. You also must prove that the truck accident caused your injuries. Other conditions must be satisfied, as well. Fast and deliberate action is critical after a truck accident. An experienced truck accident attorney can evaluate the evidence, determine if you have a claim, and file the necessary paperwork on your behalf.
How much is my case worth?
Each case is unique and must be evaluated by an experienced attorney to determine potential compensation. Your attorney will consider your verifiable losses, the severity of your injury, the at-fault party’s degree of negligence, and more. Then, your attorney can provide information regarding the potential value of your legal claim.
We understand the complex nature of truck accident claims. We will evaluate your claim and then can help you recover damages that might include lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.