At Slappey & Sadd, our Atlanta truck accident lawyers regularly work with people who have been hurt in commercial trucking accidents. Below, we’ve compiled answers to some of the questions we hear most frequently when victims first come to us for help. To find out whether you have a case, call us today for a free case evaluation.
How Common are Trucking Accidents?
Commercial trucking accidents injure innocent victims every day. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 151,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2018 alone.
Can I Recover Compensation for My Truck Accident?
Under Georgia law, people who are hurt in accidents that are caused by someone else’s negligence are typically entitled to compensation for their losses. Negligence occurs when a person fails to use the degree of care that would ordinarily be used by a reasonable person in the same circumstances. Examples of negligence that can lead to serious commercial truck accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Failing to adequately maintain trucks or truck equipment
- Unsecured or improperly loaded cargo
- Failing to train drivers
- Negligent hiring
- Failing to respond to adverse weather conditions
Whether negligence was the cause of an accident can require significant investigation and analysis. For this reason, if you have been hurt in a truck crash, you should be sure to have your case reviewed by an experienced lawyer immediately.
Do Truck Accident Cases go to Court?
You may be wondering whether you will need to go to court in order to recover compensation. It is certainly the case that some injury cases do go to court. That said, the overwhelming majority are resolved out of court by reaching a settlement agreement with the trucking company’s insurance provider.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Settle My Case?
It’s always a good idea to retain an attorney to represent you after any accident, but this is especially true in truck accident cases. Trucking companies and their insurers are savvy and are ready to fight every claim they receive. Not only will they try and settle your case for as little as possible, they will gladly deny your claim completely if they can find any way to do so. The best thing you can do to protect your rights is to retain an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as you can.
Call Us Today to Speak with an Atlanta Truck Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, you should speak to a lawyer right away. The lawyers of Slappey & Sadd are committed to helping injured people obtain the compensation they deserve. To schedule a consultation with amember of our team, call our office today at 888.474.9616 or send us an email through our online contact form.