Were you injured in a truck accident in Athens? Kaine Law can help you hold the liable party financially responsible. An Athens personal injury lawyer can help you seek compensation for your medical treatment, lost wages, and other damages.
While you rest and heal from your injuries, we can handle your case from start to finish. We offer free consultations, and we work on a contingency-fee basis.
You Should Not Get Stuck with the Medical Costs from a Crash You Didn’t Cause
If your accident was not your fault, the responsible party should pay for your medical care. We can help you recoup costs associated with:
- Emergency transportation and treatment
- Surgeries and medical procedures
- Medications, mobility aids, and medical devices
- Physical therapy and cognitive rehabilitation
- Hospitalizations or in-home health services
- Long-term nursing care
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We Can Help You Seek Awards for Your Lost Wages and Damaged Property
If you suffered an injury that leaves you unable to work or return to your previous job, we can help you fight for compensation for the loss of your future earning capacity.
It is likely your vehicle sustained damage during a collision involving a large truck. We can help you seek compensation to make repairs (if possible) or purchase a replacement vehicle.
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You May Be Entitled to Compensation for Your Pain and Suffering
A severe injury can affect your body, as well as your mental and emotional health. Non-economic damages compensate accident victims for the various ways in which their injuries can negatively impact their life and overall well-being. You may have the right to seek damages for:
- Paralysis or loss of mobility
- Loss of cognitive functioning
- Chronic pain
- Mental anguish
- Scarring and/or disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
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You May Have the Right to Pursue Damages for Your Loved One’s Wrongful Death
If you are the surviving spouse, child, or parent of the deceased, you may have the right to seek compensation on their behalf. Georgia law allows family members, in the order previously listed, to pursue awards for the loss of a deceased family member’s guidance, care, counsel, and companionship.
Survivors may also seek the value of their loved one’s wages, benefits, and services. Your loved one’s estate may recover damages associated with their final medical care, funeral and burial expenses, and other costs arising from their death.
For a free legal consultation with a truck accident lawyer serving Athens, call (404) 214-2001.
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Our Lawyers Focus on Traffic Accident Cases
Truck accidents in Athens can be complex. Because many large trucks are owned and driven by trucking companies and commercial drivers, the insurance process can be less straightforward than accidents involving two individuals.
Our firm handles a variety of personal injury cases, but serving auto accident victims is at the heart of our practice. We know how to help victims achieve the highest amount of compensation possible for their injuries. Our attorneys will:
- Investigate your accident
- Determine who is liable
- Prove negligence by gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and enlisting experts
- File your insurance claims
- Take care of the paperwork, deadlines, and communications with the insurance companies
- Negotiate to achieve an advantageous settlement for you and your family
- Prepare and pursue a lawsuit, if necessary
We can manage your case on a contingency-fee basis, so you won’t pay your lawyer anything up front or out of pocket. Instead, we take our payment if and when you receive a settlement or court award.
How Negligence Factors Into Truck Accident Cases
When we work on your case, we can demonstrate how the four elements of negligence came into play. This allows us to pursue awards for your losses. Specifically, we can work to establish the following facts:
Someone Owed You a Duty of Care
The truck driver, along with other entities, owed you a duty of care. They have to take the proper precautions to keep you reasonably safe on the road. All motorists assume this duty of care when driving on the road. Truck drivers have to consider even more factors since their vehicles are so large and heavy.
They Breached Their Duty of Care
Truck drivers and trucking companies may breach their duty of care in several ways. If a truck driver failed to follow traffic laws, they breached their duty of care. If a company failed to follow regulations, this also constitutes a breach.
The Breach Led to Your Truck Accident
We can then work to illustrate how their breach led to your accident. For example, if cargo fell off the truck and hit your vehicle, an employee may have failed to secure it properly.
You Suffered Injuries and Losses Due to the Truck Accident
Finally, we can gather evidence to connect your truck accident to your injuries. Medical documentation can link these two events, for example. Other documents, such as the police report, can support your claim for losses.
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Who Is Financially Responsible for Your Accident?
When it comes to truck accidents, multiple people or entities could bear responsibility. In some cases, multiple parties share the blame for an accident. When we investigate your case, we can pinpoint the liable party and work to hold them accountable.
Liable parties may include:
The Truck Driver
The driver of the truck may be liable for your injuries if their negligent driving led to your accident. Negligent driving may include speeding, driving under the influence, driving distracted, driving drowsy, or failing to obey the rules of the road.
The Trucking Company
The truck driver’s employer may be liable if their actions contributed to your accident. Examples of employer negligence include:
- Failing to properly train drivers
- Failing to perform alcohol and drug testing
- Failing to maintain their vehicles
- Not executing background checks during the hiring process
- Pressuring drivers to make speedy deliveries, possibly resulting in reckless driving or violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Hours of Service regulations
The Truck’s Owner
Not all drivers or trucking companies own their vehicles. If another entity owns the truck involved in your crash and a problem with the vehicle led to your accident, they may be liable.
Examples of owner negligence include improper or negligent maintenance and/or lack of safety features, like mirrors for visibility and underride guards.
The Owner/Loader of the Truck’s Cargo
Shippers must load and pack cargo according to safety standards. Shifting cargo, dangerous or flammable cargo, overweight cargo, and improperly secured cargo can all lead to accidents.
Liability Could Affect the Statute of Limitations
The party responsible for your accident could impact how long you have to take legal action. While we will make every effort to resolve your case without going to court, if we cannot secure compensation through insurance, we can help you with a lawsuit.
However, you have a limited amount of time to file your case. According to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, you generally have two years to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
If your case is against a government entity (such as an accident involving a government vehicle), the statute of limitations is shorter. Under O.C.G.A. § 36-33-5, you have six months to sue a city, O.C.G.A. § 36-11-1 allows one year to sue a county, and O.C.G.A. § 50-21-26 gives you one year to file suit against the state.
What Happens If You Miss the Deadline?
If you do not file within the statute of limitations, the court could dismiss your lawsuit. Remember, this may be your last chance to take action against a liable party. Don’t let it slip away.
Keep in mind that it takes time to build a case. We must investigate your accident, gather evidence, and negotiate with insurers. None of these actions stall the deadline, though.
We can help you abide by any deadline that applies to your case. We can begin working immediately after your free consultation.
Kaine Law Can Get Started on Your Truck Accident Case Today
Our Athens lawyers are ready to help you seek justice. To find out how Kaine Law can help you get the compensation you deserve, call our offices at (404) 214-2001. The first consultation is free and without obligation.