Truck accidents are not a simple event where two drivers exchange insurance information. They are almost always catastrophic and complex events that involve multiple parties, many laws, and grave injuries. Determining who is to blame, under what law, and how much should be awarded as compensation, is a narrow legal specialty. To maximize your chance of receiving fair compensation for your injuries contact Foster Law LLC, as your truck accident lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia and Mobile, Alabama.
Truck Accidents Are Different from Car Accidents
While you may think that a truck accident is just another form of car accident, in reality they are quite different. Truck accidents can be exponentially more complicated than car accidents, and there is often a lot more money at stake.
A fully loaded tractor trailer can weigh upto 80,000 lbs., while the average passenger car weighs about 3,000 lbs. In an accident, this huge weight difference usually causes devastating or fatal injuries. Additionally, the accident investigation is frequently long and complicated.
It is not always clear who is responsible for a truck accident. You might think it’s just the driver. However, the driver may be employed by one company, and the truck may be owned by another company. In addition, there may be a third party who performed maintenance or issued a safety certification. Any one of these parties could be responsible or share responsibility for the accident.
By their nature, truck accidents are frequently fatal or cause grave and permanent injury. You need to be compensated not only for your immediate injuries but also for any lasting costs like rehabilitation, loss of work, and emotional distress. Placing the right value on these injuries requires special expertise.
An Experienced Truck Accident Attorney in Atlanta, Georgia and Mobile, Alabama Can Make the Difference
It can be tempting to try to go it alone in pursuing your accident claim. However, having a knowledgeable Atlanta and Mobile truck accident attorney in your corner can be invaluable.
Identifying Who Is Responsible
The likelihood that you will be up against more than one party is pretty high, and the likelihood that it may be more than one big company is pretty good too. Trying to sort through this maze of individuals and companies—not to mention their insurers—to find out who is legally responsible for your injuries can be overwhelming. You don’t want to waste time suing the wrong party or fail to sue the right party. An experienced truck accident lawyer in Atlanta or Mobile can help you properly identify and go after the right parties.
Federal and State Laws
Most truck accidents involve both federal and state laws. Trucking is regulated by the federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, among other federal laws. At the Alabama and Georgia state level there are multiple laws as well, such as personal injury, corporate, and insurance. Navigating these Alabama and Georgia laws takes years of legal experience.
The Pressure to Settle
The primary goal of big companies involved in truck accidents is to protect the bottom line. Protracted litigation over a truck accident is the last thing they want. To avoid that situation, companies will try to quickly settle with you, and they will put a lot of pressure on you to take their deal. Being able to spot bad deals and negotiate for good deals is critically important in any settlement. Only an Atlanta or Mobile truck accident lawyer familiar with the trucking industry can help you get the best settlement.
Contact Foster Law
Our Atlanta or Mobile truck accident attorneys at Foster Law LLC, have years of legal experience practicing at the highest level and can help you get what you deserve from the parties who were responsible for your injuries. Contact us now for a free consultation.