Georgia Truck Accident Lawyers
When a massive 18-wheeler or tractor-trailer collides with a car, the results are frequently catastrophic for those inside the smaller vehicle. Unfortunately, severe personal injuries, permanent disability, and death are common results of collisions between semi-trucks and passenger vehicles. In the blink of an eye, lives are changed forever.
Trucking Accident Victims Have a Disadvantage
In our Georgia commercial trucking accident law practice, we have seen too many instances where the trucking company, their insurance provider, and their lawyers rush to the accident scene before the damaged vehicles are even towed away. They are there to gather evidence to dispute a valid claim, and try to limit the amount of money they will have to pay to accident victims. This already puts the injured and their families at a disadvantage, and emphasizes the importance of having an experienced attorney on your side.
The trucking accident lawyers at the Studstill Firm, LLP level the playing field. We know how to protect your rights and obtain maximum compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, funeral costs, property damage, and pain and suffering caused by the collision. We will conduct our own thorough investigation into the accident, and we have all the resources necessary to fight the trucking company and their insurers… and win. This includes the best accident reconstructionists and medical experts, as well as nearly four decades of experience litigating serious personal injury cases involving trucks.
Settlement Packages: A Scheme to Watch Out For
Trucking companies and their well-trained adjusters and attorneys are very good at minimizing the amount they pay to accident victims. They go to great lengths to appear that they are doing the right thing, are on your side, and that what they are offering is fair. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Below is the most common scheme we see:
- The insurance company adjusters will contact the victims within days of the collision and get valuable information before the victims have a chance to talk with an attorney that specializes in truck accident litigation.
- The insurance company doesn’t want the injured victims to hire a lawyer, so they tell them they will receive a settlement package which will provide total compensation for their injuries and property damage.
- But the settlement package keeps getting delayed over and over again until the victims receive nothing.
Why are the insurance and trucking companies doing this? The primary reason is that they are just buying time so that important deadlines pass. Current laws only require trucking companies and drivers of big rigs to preserve certain documents after a crash for a short period of time – usually only about six months. Once these deadlines pass, they can legally destroy critical documents that would be used to support the victims’ claims.
Hiring the Right Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer
When you retain the Georgia interstate trucking lawyers at the Studstill Firm, LLP to handle your case, we will take immediate action to protect your legal rights. This includes a prompt and thorough investigation of the crash, which is critical to success. We will also secure all important documents, including the driver’s logs, training received, past accident or traffic violation history, and truck maintenance records.
Truck accident consultations are always done at no charge at the Studstill Firm, LLP, and all information is kept strictly confidential. We also work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless we win your case through settlement or verdict. If you’ve been in an accident with a semi-truck anywhere in Georgia, including Lowndes, Lee, Dougherty, Tift, Crisp or any other county, contact us today at (229) 247-2299.