If you were in a truck accident in Valdosta, Kaine Law can help you seek compensation for your damages. Our attorneys can help you fight for awards for your medical bills, wages, and other losses.
You Deserve Monetary Compensation from the Party Responsible for Your Accident
You should not have to foot the bill for damages caused by the actions of a truck driver, their employer, or another negligent party. We can help you seek compensation for your:
- Medical bills – This includes all past and future treatment, such as emergency transportation and care, surgeries, hospitalizations, physical or cognitive rehabilitation, mobility aids, medications, and medical devices.
- Lost wages – Severe injuries can leave you unable to work and may require weeks or months of recovery time. We can help you seek the value of your lost wages. If your injuries prevent you from ever returning to your job, we can help you pursue compensation for your loss of future earning capacity.
- Property damages – We can help you get money to repair or replace your vehicle. We can also help you seek the cost of other damaged property, such as stereo equipment, electronics, or jewelry.
- Pain and suffering – We can help you fight for awards for your physical pain, emotional suffering, and mental anguish. You may be entitled to pain and suffering damages for depression, anxiety, loss of limb, body part, or bodily function, loss of mobility, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Certain Family Members Can Seek Awards for Their Loved One’s Wrongful Death
If your loved one sustained a fatal injury because of someone else’s negligence, you may have the right to seek compensation for their wrongful death. The spouse of the deceased has the first right to pursue awards. If there is no surviving spouse, that right passes to the deceased’s children. If there are no children, the deceased’s parents can take action.
Surviving family members can seek awards for the loss of their loved one’s wages, services, and benefits. They could also seek damages for the loss of their loved one’s companionship, care, and advice. On behalf of your loved one’s estate, you can pursue compensation for their final medical treatment, funeral and burial costs, and any other necessary expenses arising from their death.
Our Lawyers Will Help You Fight for an Advantageous Insurance Settlement
For decades, Kaine Law has served accident victims from across Georgia. We have helped our clients recover millions of dollars in settlements. Our goal is to help you secure every penny you may be owed for your injuries and damages. One way we can seek compensation for you is by filing a claim with the liable party’s liability insurance.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), commercial truck drivers must meet insurance minimums based on the type of goods they haul. This coverage pays for bodily injuries and property damages. The FMCSA requires:
- Between $500,000 to $750,000 for non-hazardous-freight carrying vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds
- $300,000 for vehicles under 10,000 pounds carrying hazardous materials.
Every case is different, but we will fight for the highest settlement amount possible for your accident. We will handle your filings, paperwork, communications with the insurance companies, and negotiations. We want to help you and your family receive the fair value of the awards you need to get back on your feet.
We Can Help You Pursue Damages in Civil Court
If we cannot reach a satisfactory settlement agreement with the insurance company, we can file a lawsuit against those responsible for your injuries. Keep in mind that while there is no time limit for settling outside of court, the statute of limitations applies to civil actions. In Georgia, you have two years to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against a private individual or company, according to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33.
However, if your accident involves a government vehicle, such as a garbage truck or city bus, your window of time is shorter.
- You have six months to sue a city under O.C.G.A. § 36-33-5.
- You have one year to sue a county under O.C.G.A. § 36-11-1.
- You have one year to sue the state under OCGA § 50-21-26.
Proving Liability for Your Accident
In order to win compensation, you must show your accident resulted from another party’s negligence. This means you must prove:
- The driver owed you a duty of care (all drivers owe this to one another when behind the wheel)
- They breached that duty (i.e., acted recklessly or dangerously)
- That breach caused your accident and associated damages
Examples of negligence in a truck accident may include:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Alcohol or drug consumption
- Failure to obey traffic laws, traffic lights, and traffic signs
- Shifting cargo, improperly secured cargo, or cargo that exceeds the FMCSA weight limits
- Insufficient vehicle maintenance, which could result in brake, engine, or tire failure
- Failure on the part of a trucking company to vet its drivers
- Lack of vehicle safety features, such as underride guards
We will prove negligence by visiting your crash site and investigating the driver, their employer, and any circumstances that may have led to your injuries. We will speak with eyewitnesses and crash experts. Your lawyer will also obtain photos, videos, accident reports, and your medical records.
We may find that liability rests with the truck driver, the trucking company, the company responsible for the cargo, or even the truck’s manufacturer.
Kaine Law Is Here to Help You Through Every Step of Your Truck Accident Case
Our Valdosta attorneys are ready to help you seek justice. Attorney Evan Kaine and his legal team are focused on helping vehicle accident victims, as well as personal injury victims of all types.
We will work to get the compensation you deserve for your truck accident. We take cases on contingency and can get you started with a free consultation. Call our offices at (404) 214-2001.