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We all rely on large trucks to supply groceries, household items, and other essentials to our local stores. But these tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds fully loaded, and driving one is a serious responsibility.
If anything goes wrong, a collision with a passenger vehicle can have life-altering consequences for riders in the smaller car.
Unfortunately, large truck crashes often result in severe injuries, including head or traumatic brain injuries (TBI), broken bones, internal bleeding or damage, back or spine injuries, lacerations and scarring, and more.
If you or a loved one have suffered a truck crash, you may struggle with high medical bills, a lack of income from missing work, physical pain or emotional distress, and many other difficulties tied to your accident. At the same time, your bills still come due every month.
The financial toll of a truck accident, combined with physical and emotional pain and suffering, can be devastating. You need help getting your medical bills paid, your income replaced, and your other losses addressed.
It would be nice to think that you can simply file an insurance claim with the trucking company’s insurer, but this kind of insurance claim is a complicated process in which the accident victim is at a disadvantage for several reasons:
An experienced truck accident lawyer can help you with all these challenges. We’re not afraid to take on big insurance companies, and we have the experience and knowledge to do so.
As soon as we take your case, we’ll start gathering evidence and building a strong claim. We’ll also discuss your injuries and losses and help you accurately value your claim so you’ll know if and when you receive a fair offer from the insurance company.
We’ll also discuss any offer with you, answer your questions, and explain your options so you can make an informed decision. If an offer isn’t close enough to the value we discussed, we can negotiate with the insurance carrier for a better settlement.
Most of the time, we can reach a resolution with the insurance company, but in the event that they won’t agree to a fair deal, we are prepared to argue your case in court.
Here are some of the damages we’ll consider when determining your claim’s value:
For many of our clients, the immediate answer is, “The truck driver.” Often, they’re right, but as we discussed earlier, there are many other parties who may have caused or contributed to the accident. Here are some examples:
Disagreements about faults happen all the time in motor vehicle accidents. With trucking accidents, the stakes are often higher because of the large amount of medical bills and other damages.
While most truckers are required to carry at least $750,000 in liability insurance, that doesn’t mean that the insurance adjuster is eager to pay your claim. At the same time, the truck driver doesn’t want an at-fault accident on their record, and the trucking company doesn’t want their insurance rates to go up.
Under Georgia law, two parties in an accident can share fault, known as modified comparative negligence. The party who is less than 50 percent at fault can recover damages from the more-at-fault party.
However, the injured party will lose their own percentage of fault from the final settlement. A $500,000 settlement could become a $450,000 settlement very quickly if the injured person is even 10 percent responsible.
With this in mind, you can see why the insurance company would be so interested in blaming you. Even if the insurance adjuster knows you probably didn’t cause the accident or only contributed a small amount, they could still save money by claiming that you were at fault.
Some people who do not have a lawyer may even accept the insurance company’s version of things—they might be relieved to get any settlement at all. But in these situations, the injured party could lose the money they deserved for their injuries.
This is one of many reasons why having a truck accident attorney is essential after a truck accident. To protect your rights, we will go to work building your case and gathering evidence to show another party was at fault.
Keep these thoughts to yourself when speaking with the police. You should, of course, answer their questions honestly, but you are not responsible for determining who is to blame.
Keep in mind that you only have your own perspective on the accident and may not know everything that happened. Even if you made a mistake when driving, that doesn’t necessarily mean you were responsible for the accident.
One example would be a case where a passenger vehicle rear-ends a tractor-trailer. You may have heard that rear-end accidents are always the rear driver’s fault for following too closely, and that’s usually true.
However, there are some exceptions. For instance, if the truck’s taillights weren’t working and visibility was low, you may not have been able to see the truck before you hit it.
If we can show what happened, it will be hard to argue that you should have maintained a larger following distance from a vehicle you couldn’t see. In this situation, the fault would likely lie with the truck driver, who has a responsibility to regularly check and make sure lights and other components of the truck are in good working order.
If you suspect you were at fault or are being blamed for the accident by other parties, please contact a lawyer immediately so we can help you learn more about what really happened.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, please contact the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm for a free consultation. We’ll review the accident report, answer your questions, and help you understand your options.
If we take your case, there are no upfront fees, and we won’t charge you anything until we win or settle the case.
Attorney Ali Awad founded the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm only a few short years ago and has quickly built it into one of the fastest-growing law firms in the country. He and his legal team have over twenty years of combined experience and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for their injured clients.
When he’s not working on a case, you can find Mr. Awad delivering no-nonsense legal advice to more than a million followers on social media. Work with him today by calling 833-254-2923.
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To quickly resolve matters following an accident, insurance companies will offer you less than you deserve in compensation for your injuries. Many victims feel pressured to accept these offers as the bills begin to pile up, but that is rarely a good idea. The insurance company is looking to protect its bottom line; and will offer injured victims less than they deserve. An experienced personal injury attorney understands how to negotiate with the insurance company and can look out for your best interests by getting you the compensation you deserve after an injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it is important to avoid negotiating or providing recorded statements to the insurance company without first seeking help from a qualified personal injury attorney.
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