If a big rig driver or semi-truck caused your accident in Savannah, our lawyers from Kaine Law will fight to get you compensation to cover your losses.
Truck accidents are more complicated than car accidents and other motor vehicle collisions. Our Savannah personal injury lawyer has the resources to investigate and the experience to negotiate and litigate your case.
Your Savannah Truck Accident Case Could be Worth More Than You Realize
All too frequently, we hear yet another WTOC 11 report about a catastrophic truck accident on Highway 21 or other busy Savannah roads. These collisions cause serious and costly injuries for which the negligent parties should compensate victims.
The amount of financial compensation – also called “damages” – you receive after a truck accident depends on the type and severity of your injury or injuries. Certain types of injuries cost more to treat and/or trigger other financial consequences, like the inability to work. You have the right to demand compensation to cover such losses.
Common Types of Injuries from a Big Rig Collision
The sheer mass of a truck can cause serious, life-altering injuries, including:
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Internal injuries
- Broken bones
- Rib and torso injuries
- Seat belt injuries
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Types of Damages You Could Collect After Your Crash with a Semi-Truck
Many people wrongly assume that a personal injury claim or lawsuit recovers only medical bills. In reality, you have the right to pursue a wide array of economic and non-economic damages after a truck accident.
Economic Damages Pay You for Money Spent
Economic damages compensate you for out-of-pocket, quantifiable losses you suffered and/or will suffer because of your injury. Examples of types of these damages include:
- Medical bills (past and future)
- Wages lost to date
- Diminished earning capacity
- Costs to repair or replace damaged property
Non-Economic Damages Pay You for More Subjective Losses
Non-economic damages compensate you for the less tangible losses resulting from your truck accident injury. Types of general damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
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You Could Collect Compensation If a Big Rig Caused the Death of a Loved One
If you lost a loved one to a truck accident, we offer our deepest condolences for your loss. In your grief, the burden of pursuing compensation from the at-fault party could feel overwhelming. Let a Savannah wrongful death lawyer pursue a wrongful death action on your behalf. We could help you recover:
- Funeral costs
- Burial or cremation costs
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
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How Our Savannah Law Firm Can Help You with Your Truck Accident Case
Attorney Evan Kaine, founder of Kaine Law, is a proud advocate for the injured people of Savannah. The attorney-rating service, Super Lawyers, has recognized Kaine as a “top-rated personal injury attorney.”
When the legal team at our law firm accepts your case, we will do everything in our power to recover compensation on your behalf.
Our Attorneys Investigate Your Truck Accident
Our work begins with a thorough investigation of how the collision occurred so we can identify the at-fault party. This investigation will include:
- Visiting the accident scene
- Reading the truck driver’s logbook
- Analyzing the trucker’s personnel file and driving record
- Viewing footage from traffic cameras and/or surveillance cameras
- Consulting with accident reconstruction specialists
- Reviewing the police report
- Interviewing witnesses
- Studying the truck’s “black box” (data recorder)
Our Attorneys Establish Negligence
Georgia’s personal injury laws require more than proving someone caused an accident. To collect compensation, we must prove negligence. Once we identify the at-fault parties, we will demonstrate negligence based on evidence. This involves proving four elements:
- Duty of care: The at-fault party had a legal responsibility to take reasonable measures to keep you free from injury.
- Breach of duty: The at-fault party failed to fulfill their duty of care.
- Causation: This breach of duty caused you to suffer an injury.
- Damages: Your injury caused you to suffer losses that can be recovered with financial compensation.
Our Attorneys will Calculate Your Losses
Determining the amount we will present in a demand letter to the negligent party’s insurance company involves much more than simply tallying receipts.
Our legal team will gather medical records and wage statements from your employer to determine medical expenses and lost income to date.
We will also consult with experts in the fields such as economics, medicine, occupational therapy, and psychology to understand all the ways the accident affected your health and life. We will work to show how the crash caused all your other losses—past, present, and future.
Our Attorneys Will Protect Your Rights When Negotiating with the Insurance Companies
Insurance companies are for-profit businesses. Their settlement offers reflect their bottom-line-based priorities—which, unfortunately, do not align with your need to recover damages from your truck accident. As such, insurers could use the following tactics to protect their bottom lines:
- They could deny your claim without a valid reason.
- They could misrepresent your policy.
- They could stall the process by not responding to your messages within a reasonable amount of time.
- They could offer compensation that does not accurately reflect your losses.
Fortunately, the law is on your side, and we know how to assert it on your behalf. According to Georgia law (O.C.G.A. § 33-6-34), insurers are legally prohibited from all these practices. We will fight for your rights and for a fair settlement.
Our Attorneys Will File a Lawsuit and Take the Matter to Trial
If the insurance company refuses to agree to a fair settlement, our law firm is prepared to file a lawsuit. Often, during discovery hearings, the defendants will see the strength of the case, backed by compelling evidence, and will agree to settle the case before it goes to trial.
If not, our lawyers will present the evidence to the court, call in witnesses, and demonstrate the defendant’s liability.
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There Could Be Several Liable Parties in a Savannah Truck Accident
Trucking accidents can be especially complex. Our investigation will uncover all negligent parties and hold each accountable for your injuries.
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the liable parties in a semi-truck accident could include:
- The truck operator
- A crew who loaded the truck
- The trucking company
- The manufacturer of the truck
- Manufacturer of a truck part
- A maintenance company responsible for servicing the truck
- A government agency
Georgia’s Statute of Limitations Means You Have a Window of Time to File a Lawsuit
O.C.G.A § 9-3-33 gives you two years from the date of your truck accident in which to file a lawsuit against any liable parties. If you are suing a government agency—perhaps the City of Savannah failed to properly maintain a road—Georgia law requires that you file a notice of a claim against the government entity within six months of the crash (O.C.G.A. § 36-33-5).
The sooner we begin working on your case, the more time we have to investigate the accident, gather evidence, create a demand letter, and seek a settlement with the insurance company. With time on our side, we can file this action before the statute of limitations expires for your case.
Our Savannah Truck Accident Lawyers Are Ready to Work on Your Compensation
You have suffered through enough after your truck accident. Let us pick up the burden of fighting to get you financial compensation so you can move on with your life.
Our lawyers work on contingency, meaning you pay our legal fees only when and if we win a settlement or court award on your behalf. Call Kaine Law today for a free case review: (404) 214-2001.