What information should I exchange with a truck driver?
As with any type of traffic accident you should share your insurance information, your vehicle registration and your phone number. You don’t have to share your driver’s license information with anyone other than the police. You should not volunteer any information about the accident or discuss who is at fault. And you should never admit responsibility since any comments you make can be used against you later if you decide to seek compensation.
Should I take pictures of the accident scene?
If your injuries do not require you to be rushed to a local hospital, you should take as many pictures of the accident scene as you are able. Police will conduct their own investigation, but any additional photographs you supply your Atlanta truck accident attorney with can help build upon your care if decide to pursue an at-fault driver for compensation.
Should I speak to an insurance company?
Often after an accident you will be contacted by a truck driver’s or a trucking company’s insurer. They have two motives for contacting you so quickly; for one they will be seeking any information that can limit their liability and, secondly they want to settle an injury claims quickly therefore the settlement offer you receive may be much lower than you need or are entitled to. An Atlanta truck accident attorney will speak to an insurer for you in order to assure you don’t make any statements that can jeopardize your injury claim.
When should I file a personal injury claim?
Georgia personal injury law allows you up to two years to file a personal injury claim. But under federal regulations, truck drivers and truck companies are only required to keep valuable evidence such as driver logs for a minimum of six months. If you wait too long to file your injury claim, evidence that would strengthen your case could be lost.
What compensation am I entitled to?
Georgia truck accident victims are able to seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses (current and future)
- Hospital bills
- Lost wages
- Lost future earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Why specifically a truck accident attorney?
All personal injury attorneys are capable of obtaining compensation for their clients, but truck accidents are very different than other accidents. Often there numerous parties who must take responsibility for a truck accident, which can include: the driver, if they were negligent, the trucking company, parts manufacturers, the company responsible for loading a truck if a load shift led to the accident. Determining liability requires someone who is capable of understanding truck logs, federal regulations and the role any violations played in your accident. An Atlanta truck accident attorney is specially trained to investigate these accidents, and will work tirelessly to assure your injury claim is successful.