If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident with a tractor trailer truck, then you will be entitled to certain rights under Georgia law. Primarily, you will be entitled to recover compensation for all of your losses and harms that you suffered.
HOW DO I KNOW WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
Depending on the details, there may be more than one responsible party. The at-fault truck driver will be the primary party responsible, since he or she is the actual cause of the wreck. Still, the trucking company may be liable to you in many circumstances. For example, if the trucking company knew or should have known that the driver was hauling loads in excess of statutory restrictions. Finally, mechanics that did faulty work, or manufacturers that negligently manufactured the vehicle may be liable, if such mistakes lead directly to the accident.
WHAT DO I DO FIRST? GET MEDICAL TREATMENT
Get medical treatment as soon as possible. Some injuries, like whiplash, disc protrusions or bulges, and strain, do not become symptomatic for pain until the day after. The moment that you begin to feel pain, dizziness, aches, or strain, get medical treatment. Even if it is an urgent care clinic, it is important that a medical professional rule out serious underlying injuries.
INVESTIGATE WHAT HAPPENED.
As soon as possible, you will want to begin gathering as much information about the wreck as you can. If you are still at the scene, take photographs of the vehicles, particularly the damaged portions of the cars. Take a step back and photograph the vehicles as they were after the wreck (unless you need to move the vehicles for safety reasons). Did anyone see the wreck? Get their phone number and address, and find out what they say. Their testimony will likely be critical to your case. Finally, gather up all of your bills and records from the medical treatment you received.
The insurance company for the trucking company will be doing the same. Except their ultimate goal will be to use every scrap of evidence they have to pay out as little as possible on the claim.
HIRE AN ATLANTA CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER
Your own insurance company will likely only help you with your claim for property damage. In other words, they leave it to you to make a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance for your bodily injuries. That’s why hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer is important. A lawyer will be able to handle the claim on your behalf.
If you’ve been involved in a car wreck with a tractor-trailer truck, it is important that you seek the advice of a lawyer. So please, don’t hesitate, call and speak to one of our experienced Atlanta car accident lawyers at Schenk Smith today. Our consultations are always free.