Under Georgia law, if you were injured in a car accident with an 18 wheeler, then you will be entitled to compensation for the harms and losses that you suffered.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
Depending on the nature of the wreck, you may be entitled to recovery from the at-fault truck driver, the trucking company, the manufacturer, or the entities responsible for any mechanical defect.
WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?
Your first priority is to get medical treatment for your injuries. Even if you are up and walking around after a car wreck with a tractor trailer, this does not mean that you have not been injured. Often, internal injuries like whiplash or concussion take time to develop. If you in any way feel whoozy, sore, achy, or disoriented after a wreck, call for medical treatment and get check out right away. If you did not get immediate treatment, that is OK, but you will not want to unnecessarily delay.
NOW GATHER EVIDENCE
In almost all cases involving an 18 wheeler, the trucking company will send out a crash expert to analyze the facts. They will photograph the vehicles and scene, assess the cause of the wreck and aftermath, and get information, if any, from local law enforcement. The trucking company’s investigator supplies this information to the insurance company. The insurance company will then use it to low ball you or muscle you into a quick settlement. Don’t fall for it.
Although it is tough to do if you’ve been injured, but it is important that you collect as much information about the wreck as possible. Get the police report. Does the police report list any witness information? Call those witnesses and find out what they say. Gather photographs of the damage to your vehicle and the injuries to your own body. Be sure to identify the dates and times. Collect all of your medical bills and records, and get verification from your employer regarding any lost wages. All of these items, that is to say, the medical bills, lost wages, and other out of pocket expenses, will form part of your claim against the driver of the 18 wheeler.
CONTACT AN ATLANTA CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER
Your own automobile insurance will help you handle the property damage component of the wreck. However, they will leave it to you to make a claim for your bodily injuries. That’s where you will want to consider retaining an experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer to help you with the investigation and prosecution of your claim.
If you’ve been involved in a car wreck with an 18 wheeler, don’t try to settle it by yourself. Seek out the advice of an experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer. Call and speak to one of our experienced lawyers at Schenk Smith today. Our consultations are always free.