The Graham Firm Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help You Secure Compensation
An Atlanta commercial vehicle accident lawyer at The Graham Firm can help you secure compensation following an accident involving any commercial vehicle that was not your fault.
After a truck accident leaves you unable to go to work, care for your family, or even walk, being fairly compensated is critical for your future.
The quality of the rest of your life and the medical care you will be able to receive for the rest of your life is directly impacted by the outcome of your Georgia truck crash claim.
If you are considering filing a lawsuit against a large corporation or a trucking company, you need an experienced truck accident lawyer who knows how to maximize the value of a claim and recover the most money available.
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You absolutely do not have to - and you should not - take on a commercial vehicle insurance company alone after an injury accident or an accident that takes the life of a loved one.
Insurance companies will try every deny, delay, and defend tactic in their book, in an attempt to pay you as little as possible.
At The Graham Firm, we stop these tactics before they begin. We aggressively pursue the maximum money available for your medical care costs, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.
In order to receive the maximum compensation available for your serious injuries, hire a commercial vehicle accident attorney in Atlanta with a proven history of verdicts and settlements.
Our law firm has successfully recovered over 60 million dollars in personal injury settlements.
The top-rated truck accident lawyers at The Graham Firm are able to recover maximum compensation because we diligently prepare every case for trial. We don't take shortcuts. If a fair settlement is not promptly agreed to, attorneys at our law firm will fight for our clients in front of a judge, and or jury.
Leading Causes of Commercial Vehicle Accidents In Atlanta
The state of Georgia defines a commercial vehicle as "any vehicle weighing 10,001 lbs or more." This includes semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and buses. Light commercial vehicles include FedEx and UPS trucks, and the Amazon delivery vans that are almost everywhere these days.
A commercial vehicle accident involves many more considerations than a passenger car accident.
Although the commercial truck driver may have caused the accident, most of the time you are not dealing with the driver's insurance company directly. Your claim may be against the driver's employer, their insurance company, and other third parties.
While passenger vehicle drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are not always blameless, many commercial vehicle accidents are not their fault. Some of the leading causes of large truck accidents in Atlanta include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescription medicine
- Fatigue/falling asleep at the wheel
- Loss of control of a vehicle due to water or ice
- Unfamiliarity with area
- Vehicle design or manufacturing defect
- Visibility impairment from sun glare, rain, or snow
Truck crashes and other commercial vehicle accidents are unique and complex events with even more complicated insurance claims. There may be multiple parties financially responsible for an accident, including the trucking company, truck drivers, loading companies, maintenance shops, and truck manufacturers.
Most Common Injuries From A Commercial Truck Crash
According to the National Safety Council, commercial vehicles account for just 4% of all registered vehicles, but 9% of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes. For those that survive, commercial vehicle accidents often cause catastrophic injuries such as:
- Amputation injuries
- Blunt force trauma injuries
- Bone fractures/broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Internal injuries
- Lacerations and cuts
- Spinal cord injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Traumatic brain injuries
What to Do If You Are Injured in a Commercial Vehicle Accident
In Georgia, and every state, you have a limited window of time following an accident to pursue a claim for your injuries. There are three things that everyone should do as soon as possible following an accident:
1. Preserve evidence: Videos and photos from the crash scene will document the accident and may be essential to an investigation and litigation, if you get to that point. Whenever possible, insist on a law enforcement officer to come out and take a report. The more evidence you have of what happened and how, the better. Document damage to all vehicles involved, your injuries, and your recollection of events. Notes, videos, photos, and voice memos can all be useful. Get names and contact information of witnesses and others involved.
2. Get medical care: Do NOT delay going to a hospital emergency room or urgent care. Your medical treatment record is important for your physical health and well-being but is also an important piece of evidence linking your accident to your physical injuries and medical expenses. If you delay seeking care, the insurance company may try to make a case that your injuries are not as serious as you claim.
3. Contact a personal injury lawyer: Most trucking companies have a "Go Team" of legal counsel and investigators that will immediately mobilize following an accident. Within a few hours, the truck may be towed hundreds of miles away, and the truck may be quickly repaired or destroyed, in cases of severe damage. If you hire a lawyer promptly they can immediately put the trucking company on notice that a claim may be pending, and require them to preserve (and not destroy) any relevant evidence. This gives us the opportunity to have an expert investigate the truck and any other evidence.
Should You Hire A Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorney?
After a serious injury or fatal accident involving a commercial vehicle, victims and their families are well-advised to hire a knowledgeable and experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyer. Your attorney should understand Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations pertaining to driver log books, driver hours of service, rest requirements, vehicle inspections, and more.
Because trucking companies are required by law to carry higher insurance policy limits than passenger vehicles (trucks carrying hazardous materials must carry even more insurance). Much is at stake in a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
While trucking accidents often settle for high dollar amounts, being compensated fairly for a trucking accident is not automatic or guaranteed.
Trucking companies have almost unlimited resources to defend against claims and may go so far as to blame you for your accident. Without a knowledgeable truck accident attorney, it may be impossible to obtain the full and fair compensation that is available.
How To Find The Best Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer In Atlanta
Looking for an Atlanta personal injury attorney who is able to get results? Contact The Graham Firm.
Our clients are not "case numbers" - they are real people, with real problems, who need our help. From having represented so many victims of trucking accidents, we know how important a fair settlement is.
If you would like to see how we can help with a personal injury or wrongful death claim, contact us to speak with a commercial vehicle accident attorney in Atlanta at The Graham Firm. Our consultation is free, and we are only paid if we recover money for you. Contact us today at 404-526-9955 for a free case review.
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