Truck accidents can result in severe injuries to all parties involved. If a truck driver or another party was negligent in causing an accident, such as by violating a traffic law, they may face liability for any resulting injuries.
A lawyer from Kaine Law can investigate the facts surrounding your truck accident in Union City and pursue any available compensation for your injuries on your behalf.
Getting Compensation in Your Truck Accident Case
Compensation in a trucking accident case can cover a wide range of losses. Common damages in such a case can include:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses necessary to treat your injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional and mental distress
- Lost wages due to an inability to work
- Loss of future earning capacity if permanently unable to work
- Property damage
- The impact of permanent injuries on your daily life
- Wrongful death damages if your loved one passed away from the accident
The extent of the damages to which you might be eligible to recover depends on many factors, including available insurance coverage, the degree of fault that others bear for the accident, and the severity and permanency of your injuries.
Proving Fault After You Have Been Injured in a Truck Accident
Most truck accidents occur due to the negligence of one or more drivers. Negligence is present in the careless or reckless actions of another party that show a disregard for the safety of others. Establishing that another party was negligent generally requires proof of the following elements:
- Duty of care, or that one party owed a duty of care to another
- Breach of duty, or a violation of the legal duty of care
- Causation, or evidence that the breach of duty directly led to the accident
- Damages, or proof that a party suffered injuries or other losses as a result of the accident
Sometimes, a parts manufacturer may be responsible for the accident if they installed a defective part in a vehicle. In that case, the injury victim typically need not show proof of negligence on the part of the manufacturer.
Knowing Who is Responsible for a Truck accident
Various parties may be liable or financially responsible when they cause an accident that results in injuries to others. One of the most commonly responsible parties is the truck driver or the driver of another vehicle. In many cases, the truck company that employs the truck driver may be liable, as employers are generally responsible for the negligent actions of their employees.
Other potentially liable parties may include the owner of the truck, persons or companies responsible for loading cargo into the truck, and persons or companies providing maintenance to the trucking company or truck owner.
Learning How Hiring Our Union City Lawyers Can Help You After a Truck Accident
Our law firm has decades of experience in handling truck accident cases and other personal injury cases. We know the complexities of federal trucking laws and regulations that are relevant in such situations. You can also count on us to identify all potentially liable parties after a truck accident, which can be challenging when a commercial truck or multiple vehicles are involved in an accident.
Dealing with insurance companies and trying to get a fair settlement for your injuries can be a frustrating, complicated, and lengthy process, especially when you are trying to recover from severe injuries. We can remove some of this burden from you by handling communications and negotiations with the insurance company while you focus on your physical and mental recovery.
Getting Legal Representation in Your Truck Accident Case
We know that your finances are a big concern after a truck accident when you are sure to have high unexpected medical bills and perhaps unable to work temporarily or even permanently. At our law firm, one of our team members offers you a free case review when you first call us – it costs you nothing to talk to us about your truck accident.
If you choose our law firm, you pay us nothing up front, out of pocket, or hourly for legal representation. This contingency-fee arrangement allows us to get started on your case right away. You pay our legal fees only when you receive compensation.
Understanding the Timeline in Your Case
A personal injury claim typically begins with a full investigation into the cause of the accident that led to one or more persons being injured.
If there is evidence of fault on the part of one or multiple parties, then the next step is often to file a claim with their insurance company. The parties then exchange information relevant to the claim and start to negotiate a settlement of the case.
O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33 places a deadline on filing personal injury cases in court. Although there are a few exceptions, injury victims generally have two years from the date of their accidents to file their cases in court. If they fail to file their cases in court during the appropriate time frame, they risk being unable to get any compensation from the parties who caused their accidents.
Kaine Law is Ready to Get Started on Your Case
Dealing with the medical, financial, and legal consequences of a truck accident in which you or a family member has suffered injuries can be challenging. The Union City lawyers at Kaine Law are dedicated to advocating on your behalf to get any damages for which you qualify.
When you call for a free consultation with us, we can help you understand more about your rights as an injury victim following a truck accident. Call us at (404) 214-2001 today and get more information about the legal services that we can offer you.