The use of tractor-trailer trucks continues to remain a vital source of the local and national economy. However, when the operator or owner of a tractor-trailer causes an accident, the results are often catastrophic. Some common causes of trucking accidents include, but are not limited to: distracted driving, drowsy driving, driving while under the influence, overloaded, over-width and overweight trucks, brake failure, and inadequate truck maintenance. As a result, truck drivers and trucking companies may be deemed liable to pay extensive damages if they cause injury or death to another driver, passenger, motorcyclist, or pedestrian.
There are many federal, state and local laws in effect that are designed to help reduce or prevent trucking accidents.
If you or a loved one is the victim of a trucking accident, due to the negligence of a tractor-trailer accident, you must contact an attorney as soon as possible. Every time a trucking accident happens, trucking work very quickly to protect their interests. It is very important that you protect yourself legally if you have been injured in a commercial truck accident. Call Amber Hall, Attorney at Law, PLLC for your legal needs.
What To Do If You Are Involved In A Truck Accident
If you are involved in an accident with a truck, the insurance companies will send analysts to the scene as soon as possible to gather evidence and information. You need an Atlanta personal injury lawyer on your side because the analysts working on behalf of the truck company’s owner are looking for any way possible to lower potential liability.
It is in the best interest of the insurance company to settle its claim with you for the lowest possible amount. You should never discuss your injuries, treatment, or any details about the accident with anyone other than your attorney or your medical doctors. The insurance company representatives will use every opportunity to gather information it can use against you. Your attorney would talk to the insurance company representatives, law enforcement officers, witnesses and any other people involved in the case.
After conducting a thorough investigation, an attorney would write up your claim. The claim will include information about your injuries, treatment, and the amount of money you are seeking in damages, as we well as any evidence showing the truck driver acted negligently and is legally accountable for your injuries. Your truck accident lawsuit may reach resolution through litigation, arbitration or settlement.
In most cases, the insurer and your attorney would meet to negotiate a settlement that suits both sides before your lawyer files the lawsuit. Sometimes the parties will attempt to negotiate again after filing the lawsuit to avoid the need to go to court. The lawsuit goes to court only if the two parties are unable to reach an agreement on a settlement.
When the case goes to court, lawyers on both sides argue on behalf of their clients in the presence of a judge, and sometimes a jury. After both sides have presented all of their evidence and witnesses, the jury or judge takes time to deliberate the facts before announcing a verdict. The verdict states which driver is at fault for the accident and if you win your case, you will find out the amount of money you will receive.
How Attorney Amber Hall Can Help You Win Your Personal Injury Lawsuit
As your attorney, Amber Hall will investigate your accident and prove the truck driver’s negligence by:
- Investigating the vehicle’s maintenance records
- Inspecting the driver’s log books to ensure compliance with state and
- federal trucking regulations
- Reviewing the driver’s credentials
- Determining if any traffic laws were violated
- Reviewing accident scene photographs, reading police reports,
- interviewing witnesses and conducting an accident reconstruction to gather information for a full analysis of the incident
- Inspecting the vehicles involved for any manufacturing defects that could have led to the accident
What Types of Compensation Can a Client Seek?
Truck accident victims may receive compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses associated with treatment, recovery and rehabilitation, both in the present and in the future
- Loss of income
- Psychological pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses
If you or someone in your family receives injuries in an accident involving a truck, you need to protect your legal rights. Contact Tallahassee personal injury attorney amber Hall of Amber Hall Law to discuss the facts of your case.