Drivers of commercial vehicles have a high duty of care for others on the road while being required to work long hours. Despite federal regulations to limit the number of hours truck drivers work and drive each day, many drivers receive unreasonable schedules. Fatigued drivers, badly maintained trucks, unreasonable deadlines, and bad road conditions are several factors that increase the likelihood of commercial truck accidents. These accidents can be devastating, causing severe property damage, creating debris on the road, and resulting in severe injuries and deaths of those involved in the accident.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a truck accident, there are ways to cover these damages. Though it is important to file an insurance claim with the at-fault driver, which may be the trucking company, these claims frequently do not cover the extent of damages caused. In order to receive compensation for medical bills, rehabilitative costs, and extreme property damage, you may need to file a personal injury truck accident claim. A Statesboro attorney can help you determine if you could benefit from a claim, and the level of compensation you deserve.
The Merritt & Merritt Law Firm: Semi-Truck Accident Attorneys in Statesboro
At the Merritt & Merritt Law Firm, we have served our communities for almost 50 years, providing legal aid to clients in Statesboro and many nearby areas. Our firm focuses on those injured in car and motor vehicle accidents and is well-equipped to help those injured in a trucking accident. We understand how difficult your situation is. You may be dealing with extreme medical costs, life-altering injuries or disabilities, physical pain, significant lost income during recovery, and even the loss of a loved one.
During all this, it may not be easy to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. When you work with Merritt & Merritt, we handle this for you. We know how much you are dealing with and want to take care of the legal deadlines, requirements, and negotiations so that you can rest and recover. We provide personalized care to working individuals who might be unable to file a claim themselves to remain financially stable. By working with our experienced attorneys, you file a claim that is more likely to succeed and may increase the compensation you would have otherwise earned.
Semi-trucks and other commercial trucks can cause severe damage no matter the type of accident, but certain types of accidents have unique complications and damages. Common types of truck accidents include:
It’s beneficial to work with an attorney who has had experience and success in cases similar to your accident. The attorney will be better equipped for your case and will know the requirements and possible issues that may arise for your claim.
Why Are Truck Accident Claims More Complicated Than Other Motor Vehicle Accident Claims?
Truck accident claims are usually more complicated because the accident itself is typically more severe. Trucks are incredibly heavy, and it takes longer for truck drivers to slow or stop their vehicles. Truck drivers also have less visibility of others on the road. Vehicle crashes involving commercial trucks are more likely to cause severe injuries, permanent disability and disfigurement, and death. It also causes significant property damage.
While some vehicle accidents may be covered by insurance claims, truck accidents result in significant damage that often requires personal injury claims. These claims require high compensation to cover the injured parties’ damages. It can be hard to obtain a fair amount of compensation from insurance providers who downplay an injury or blame the injured victim in the accident to pay less.
Truck accident claims are more likely to have multiple parties at fault. This further complicates the claim. The driver, the trucking company, the driver’s employer, the truck manufacturers, another driver, a third party on the road, or multiple of these parties may be found at fault for the truck accident. This involves more individuals and their insurance providers and lengthens negotiations.
Which party or parties can be held liable in a personal injury claim depends on the cause of the accident. If the cause of the accident was one party’s negligence, they can be held liable for the damages from the accident. Many things can result in a truck accident, including:
Depending on the unique situation of the accident, liable parties may include:
Every truck accident has unique factors. Multiple parties may be partially at fault for the accident.
When you file a personal injury claim for a truck accident, one of the many damages the claim could cover is medical costs. The injuries from truck accidents can be significant and frequently result in death. Common injuries include:
The damages an injured individual should receive in a claim depend on the severity of the injury, the amount of recovery and long-term care that is required, the expected future complications, and whether they will be able to return to work again.
Civil claims have a statute of limitations, which is a legal time limit in which an individual can file their claim. In Georgia, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim like a truck accident is two years from the date of injury or death. If you file outside of this time limit, your claim is dismissed, and you do not receive compensation for your losses.
There are some exceptions, such as an individual not being aware that they were injured during the accident for some time. The 2-year limit begins when they discover the injury, but there are still limitations. It’s also rare that the discovery rule applies to truck accident claims, as injuries are usually severe and apparent.
Although a 2-year time limit may seem like sufficient time, it is essential to file your claim and work with an attorney as soon as possible. If you wait to file, you may lose essential evidence to prove your claim. It also gives your attorney time to build you a strong case. The closer to the statute of limitations, the harder it will be to find an attorney who will take the case.
At the Merritt & Merritt Law Firm, our first goal is to help our clients cover all the losses and damages from their personal injury. We work to investigate your accident, gather important evidence, calculate the damages you are owed, and negotiate to get you the compensation you need to recover. Contact our team today to see what legal options you have.