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When a truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the damage to the passenger vehicle can be disproportionately worse. Trucks often weigh twenty to thirty times as much as passenger vehicles – increasing the risk of damage to the passenger vehicle in a crash. If you have been in a truck accident, it is likely that your injuries are serious and require more time and medical treatment to recover.
If this is the case, you have legal options. With the help of an experienced truck accident lawyer, you can file a truck accident claim to recover financial compensation for your injuries. To find out more about the legal process, contact Peak Wooten McDaniel & Colwell LLP today.
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Why You Need a Truck Accident Lawyer to Help Your Case
Truck accident cases can be more complex than other types of cases, but an experienced attorney will be equipped to address the more unique aspects involved in your case. Your attorney will be prepared to:
- Handle complex liability issues. There may be multiple parties liable for your accident such as the truck driver, trucking company, or the manufacturer of the truck.
- Apply federal regulations to your case. Your case may include violations of truck laws and regulations, which are issued by The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
- Negotiate with multiple insurance companies. If your case involves multiple liable parties, it is likely to also have multiple insurance companies as well. If this happens, you won’t have to deal with it – your attorney will handle all communications on your behalf.
- Prove the full extent and severity of your injuries and damages. Your truck accident lawyer will build an effective case and help you secure compensation that covers your expenses well into the future.
Steps to Take Following a Truck or Tractor-Trailer Accident
After a truck/tractor-trailer accident, it can feel overwhelmed and disoriented – to not know what to do next. That’s why it helps to have a plan prepared in advance. In some cases, you may be too injured to complete all of the steps on this list. If that happens, don’t worry – your truck accident lawyer can take over where you left off.
Note: Do not apologize for the accident, even if at the moment you feel like you are partly at fault. If you say you are sorry – even out of politeness – this can be used against you later on.
Take the following steps to best protect yourself and your rights:
Step 1: Safety first/seek medical assistance
- Make sure everyone involved in the accident is safe.
- If you are injured – which is likely in a truck accident – call 911 and seek immediate medical assistance.
- Monitor for brain or spinal cord injuries which may not be visible and can have a delayed onset. If you have suffered a head or brain injury, contact our Georgia brain injury lawyers who can assist with the claims process and help fight for compensation.
- Keep your medical records – your lawyer can use them later to help calculate the accurate compensation for your case.
- Even if the accident was minor, call the police – this way you will have an official report to give to your insurance company.
- Move to a safer area as soon as possible.
Step 2: Document the scene and collect contact info
- Exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver.
- Document the accident by taking photographs of the scene – including damage to both vehicles, tire skid marks, and the driver’s license plate.
- Write down any personal notes on what happened during the incident – this will be helpful later on.
- Jot down the contact information of any witnesses at the scene, the police officer, and the police report number.
- Call your insurance company and inform them you have been involved in an accident.
Step 3: Contact a truck accident lawyer at Peak Wooten McDaniel & Colwell LLP
- Contact an attorney. The sooner, the better, so your attorney is able to preserve any evidence at the scene. Do not discuss your accident with the other driver’s insurance company before getting in touch with a truck accident attorney.
Call (833) 644-1899 to speak to our Georgia personal injury attorneys and schedule your free consultation to find out how we can help.