Why Do I Need a Lawyer After a Truck Accident?

Truck accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, including life-threatening ones, or even death. It can have consequences on your family’s well-being and your employment. Getting the medical care that you need can also be a challenge. On top of all those worries, filing a claim with insurance companies can make the whole experience even more difficult.

Hiring a reputable personal injury attorney is key to securing the compensation you deserve. It has many benefits at every stage of the legal process and can ensure you receive a fair settlement.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Causes attributable to the truck driver include:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Reckless driving
  • Distracting driving
  • Insufficient maintenance
  • Defective parts
  • Inadequate cargo loading

If the accident happens due to poor road conditions or inclement weather, the truck driver may not be liable for your injury. However, another party such as a government entity that failed to keep the roads safe, may be accountable.

Common Truck Accident Injuries

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Whiplash
  • Fractures
  • Joints injury
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Spinal injury
  • Paralysis
  • Internal organ injury
  • Burns

In addition to mild to severe physical injuries, you may also develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a truck accident.

Your Lawyer Ensures You Meet All Requirements for Your Personal Injury Claim

A personal injury attorney can walk you through the process of preparing and submitting a personal injury claim after your accident. They have a current and detailed understanding of the law and can ensure that you provide all necessary information and supporting documentation when filing your claim.

In Georgia, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim for a truck accident is two years.

Your Personal Injury Attorney Negotiates with Insurance Companies

Dealing with insurance companies by yourself can be not only challenging but it usually results in no compensation or damages that are of low value compared to what you are entitled to. Insurance providers make efforts to avoid paying compensation. A personal injury attorney has experience negotiating with those companies and is familiar with their tactics. Involving an attorney also shows that you are willing to go to trial if the insurance company is unwilling to offer appropriate compensation.

Your Lawyer Can Collaborate with Professional Experts to Build a Strong Case

A personal injury lawyer can typically conduct their own investigation to get a detailed understanding of how your truck accident happened. They can consult other professional experts, including financial and medical ones, to value your claim.

This investigation and collaborative work can also help clearly identify liability if it is unclear at first. Collecting appropriate evidence plays a major role in reaching a satisfactory settlement.

Your Attorney Helps Securing a More Substantial Settlement

Thanks to their experience negotiating with insurance companies and their willingness to go to trial, personal injury attorneys can help you get a higher settlement. Georgia is a modified comparative fault state, which allows you to recover damage as long as you were at less than 50 percent at fault.

Georgia personal injury laws recognize two categories of damage: general and special. Special damages are easy to value like medical bills while general damages are more difficult to quantify like pain and suffering.

In Georgia, compensation after a truck accident may cover:

  • Present and future medical expenses for injuries due to the accident
  • Physical therapy and other rehabilitative treatments
  • Accessibility accommodations for your home, vehicle, or workstation
  • Lost income
  • Reduced earning capabilities
  • Permanent disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Emotional trauma

If you lost a loved one because of a truck accident, you have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages for lost financial support, burial expenses, and loss of companionship.

You Can Focus on Your Healing

Trusting your personal injury attorney with all the paperwork and legal proceedings can reduce your stress levels and free up time and energy you can devote to your recovery. Focusing on your physical and mental health can help you work through the trauma of the accident and help you get the treatment you need no matter the severity of your injuries.

Choose Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C. as Your Truck Accident Attorney in Marietta

If you worry about legal expenses, you do not need to worry. Our lawyers only receive a payment if we win your case. We have over 150 years of combined experience and have successfully helped many clients receive high-value settlements after truck and other motor vehicle accidents. We recommend that you contact us as soon as possible after your truck accident, so we can start preparing your claim.

Our attorneys understand how traumatic a truck accident can be and we want to alleviate your stress while you are recovering. We can handle document drafting, filling, review, and submission. Our team is committed to protecting your rights and future whether through out-of-court negotiations or trials.

Have you been injured in a truck accident in Cobb County or its surrounding areas? Contact Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C. today at (770) 629-0154 to schedule a consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers!