The McLendon Law Firm handles all types of truck accident claims. Our consultations are always free, and you pay nothing until we win your case. If you’ve been a victim of a truck accident, you need an experienced truck accident lawyer on your side. Call The McLendon Law Firm at (229) 475-1969 today to schedule your free consultation.
What Qualifies as a Truck Accident?
Trucks are classified based on their design, payload or cargo capacity, weight, and purpose. When we use the term “truck accident,” we don’t mean a standard truck you may use every day for transportation. We’re referring to commercial vehicles, including vans, box trucks, and things that are designed to carry things rather than people. Other names we could use include:
- Tanker trucks
- Flatbed truck
- Dump truck
- Box truck
Any type of commercial vehicle can be included in this list, including delivery vehicles.
Commercial Truck Drivers Will Try to Deny Their Negligence
A commercial truck driver has a vested interest in denying their guilt. A commercial driver’s license (CDL) costs thousands of dollars through special training. They also must carry more insurance than a non-commercial driver. Most trucking companies look for drivers with clean records. And, a driver can lose their commercial license if they have two serious violations in three years. They can also have their license suspended. A serious accident or one where their insurance pays out a substantial amount will cost them income and possibly their livelihood.
Steps to Take If You’re Involved in a Truck Accident
If you’ve been hit by a commercial vehicle, the first thing to do is seek medical attention. You should be evaluated. Tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles have greater weight or mass, so the impact of the accident and the damage are greater. Beyond that, here are the next steps you should take:
- If you have not already done so, contact your insurance company.
- Contact The McLendon Law Firm to start your truck accident and personal injury claim. Our initial consultation is free, and our services cost you nothing unless we win your case.
- Document everything. We even recommend recording a video statement of what you remember from the accident. Keep notes on doctor’s visits, pain levels, missed work, and activities.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions. The defendant will take any opportunity they can to lessen their payout, including missed appointments or not taking medicine.
The sooner you start keeping track of everything related to your accident, the stronger your case will be whether you go to court or not. Let us help you with your truck accident personal injury claim. Call (229) 475-1969 or fill out our contact form today to get started.
We’re Not Afraid of Going to Trial
It’s our goal to ensure you get compensation for your injuries, pain, suffering, and damages to your vehicle. While we gather evidence and work to get your case settled quickly without going to trial, we prepare for that possibility every step of the way. We know that if we end up in court, there may be both the insurance company’s lawyer and the business’s attorney. When necessary, we will consult our experts, including:
- Roadway engineers
- Commercial or diesel mechanics
- Forensic scientists
- Accident reconstruction professionals
- Medical personnel
We don’t need all those experts in every case, but we will utilize whichever we need to build yours.
How Much Is My Truck Accident Case Worth?
Although our goal is to settle out of court quickly, if the trucking company and insurance company refuse to fairly compensate you for your injuries, we will take the case to court. In a court case, the jury awards the settlement.
Because we are experienced truck accident attorneys, we know what to say and what to include in your case for you to have the best possible outcome. Some of the elements the jury can consider in your award include:
- Existing medical bills as well as any future medical expenses
- Loss of income now and in the future due to the accident
- Pain and suffering
- Defendant’s conduct; meaning their remorse and level of negligence
No two cases are alike, which is why you need The McLendon Law Firm. We’re the truck accident lawyer who will personally listen to your case and work hard to get you the settlement you deserve.
We Handle Wrongful Death Lawsuits Too
If your truck accident case includes the death of a loved one, we can handle the entire case. We will ensure you are fully compensated for the wrongful death of your family member. In that portion of the suit, we will recoup all losses, including:
- Medical bills
- Grief therapy for your family for as long as necessary
- Most funeral and burial costs
- Missed wages and lost earning potential
- Legal fees
Why Is a Truck Accident Claim More Complicated than a Car Accident?
Simply put, there are more parties involved. Rather than a driver and insurance company, there may be the driver and their insurance company, trucking company and their insurance company, a maintenance company, freight loader, or more!
Is There a Time Limit to File My Claim?
Yes, this is called the statute of limitations, and, in Georgia, it’s two years from the date of the accident, or in the case of a wrongful death truck accident, you have two years from the date of death.
Not All Personal Injury Lawyers Know How to Handle Commercial Vehicle Accidents
As an experienced truck accident attorney, we know the different laws that commercial or CDL drivers must obey, which helps us win more truck accident cases than attorneys not familiar with those specific laws. We’re willing to put in the work, and yes, truck accident cases take significantly more work than a car accident case, so you get the settlement you deserve. You can trust The McLendon Law Firm with your truck accident lawsuit. Call (229) 475-1969 or fill out our contact form today.