The Stages Involved in a Trucking Accident Claim in Georgia
The Trucking Accident Claim Process in Georgia
Over five thousand deaths and over 200,000 serious injuries occur each year as a result of a collision between an 18-wheeler and a passenger vehicle. While there are certain steps you should take immediately following the accident, there is also a specific process involved in pursuing a claim. A trucking accident is often serious and therefore traumatic for the victims. When an 80,000 pound truck collides with a 3,000 pound passenger vehicle, fatalities or serious injury can result. In some cases the truck may also be loaded with a hazardous cargo which will compound the devastation of the accident.
Just as with a car accident, the police should be notified and medical attention sought for any injuries. If you or a passenger are able, photographs of the scene of the accident can be invaluable later on as well as notes containing every detail of the accident. Many trucking accident claims can be resolved quickly following the victim's conclusion of treatment, but others may not be. Having an experienced trucking accident attorney by your side from the beginning can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
Our attorneys often begin collecting important evidence for trucking accidents at the beginning of the case. Moreover, there may be a variety of defendants in your case, including the truck driver, the trucking company, the manufacturer of the truck or truck part, the loading company or the maintenance company. Our attorneys examine the facts and circumstances of our clients' cases in order to determine which people and companies were responsible for our clients' accidents. In the appropriate cases, our attorneys will gather log books of the truck driver, safety and personnel records from the trucking company, documentation of the driver’s training and qualifications, statements from any potential witnesses and photographs of the accident site. In litigation, it is common to subpoena the “black box” from the truck in order to determine what the truck driver was doing immediately preceding the accident.
Once our clients' medical treatment has concluded, our attorneys send demand letters to the negligent party or parties in an effort to resolve claims. This gives the defendants notice of our clients' intent to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for damages should the case not be resolved amicably.. The defendants can make a counteroffer or accept the original offer. Although most personal injury cases can be resolved without the need for litigation, if there is no chance of a mutually agreeable settlement, a lawsuit may be necessary.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of accident caused by someone else's negligence, contact Montlick & Associates today for your free consultation with our experienced 18-wheeler accident lawyers in Georgia. Montlick & Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-three years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.
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