After being injured in a truck accident, you might feel like you should
be compensated for your lost wages, medical fees, and general pain and
Truck accidents are unlike car accidents, which sometimes only involve one other individual
and their insurance company. Instead, truck collisions typically involve
large trucking companies that will fight your claim aggressively.
Before proceeding with your claim, review the list of what you should know
after your accident:
The stakes are higher. Truck accidents are more dangerous than any other type of motor vehicle
accident. Trucks are larger and heavier than most other vehicles, and
tend to have a higher risk of injury or fatality when involved in an accident.
Also, truck companies may be held liable for employing the driver. Because
of this, trucking companies tend to have multiple forms of insurance and
their defense lawyers commonly use tactics that are aggressive. Don’t
be unprepared. Make sure you find an attorney with experience to represent you.
You have a limited amount of time. Your lawyer has a restricted timeframe to file your lawsuit within, which
is why they should do so as soon as possible. Trucking companies are only
required to keep their records on an accident for a limited amount of
time, no matter the severity of the accident. If you wait on your lawsuit
for too long, there is a good chance that the records will be gone or
that you could be outside the statute of limitations.
Expect an Insurance Services Offices (ISO) search. An ISO search compiles your past insurance claims from multiple different
insurance companies. This information is used by defense lawyers with
dates and details of every claim you ever made. However, your attorney
will not have access to this information. It is important to tell your
lawyer about your medical and accident history so that they can better
prepare answers to the defense lawyer’s questions.
The truck and driver were probably unsafe. The way to prove liability is to remember that the most trucks on the
road are actually very poorly maintained. One out of four trucks do not
uphold safety requirements and shouldn’t be allowed to be on the
road with other vehicles. Furthermore, over the last year, The Department
of Transportation uncovered more than 30,000 truck drivers that tested
positive for illegal drugs. There are strict guidelines that drivers must
abide by when operating commercial trucks. If broken, they could be considered
at fault for the accident and could heavily support your claim to fair
If you have been in injured, you need an experienced truck accident attorney
in Atlanta to help advocate for your rights during this time. At The Weinstein
Firm, LLC, our legal team can pursue the maximum compensation for your
losses and damages.
Call our firm to schedule a
free consultation today!