As a driver in Georgia, you’ve likely seen some large trucks traveling on the highways. While these vehicles are important for transporting goods across the country, truck drivers may face difficult schedules and long hours. Or they may experience an issue with their truck while they’re driving. Unfortunately, when negligence is present, it can result in a devastating collision. An Atlanta 18 wheeler accident lawyer from Bey & Associates can help fight for you.
Our lawyers understand how a truck accident can put your life on hold. When you’re wondering about who to turn to, we’re here for you. We’ve helped 18 wheeler accident victims get justice in the past and we’re ready to do the same for you, whether that’s reaching a settlement or taking your case to court.
How Do 18 Wheeler Accidents Happen?
When we’re fighting for you, our lawyers will investigate how your accident happened. There are many reasons why an 18 wheeler accident can occur. Let’s go over some of the common causes of these collisions.
- Trucker Error. When a driver is inexperienced, distracted, or fatigued, they can make a mistake that causes an accident. This can include failing to use their signal, speeding, not paying attention to the road, driving while intoxicated, and more. If the truck driver was at fault for your accident, your 18 wheeler accident lawyer will look into their training, experience, and the events that led up to the accident. For example, if the truck driver was texting and driving, we’ll find evidence to show their negligent behavior is why the accident happened.
- Truck Malfunction. If there’s an issue with a truck part, the truck driver may not realize there’s a problem until they’re driving. They could experience brake failure, a tire blowout, or mechanical issues. The truck company is supposed to maintain their vehicles and make sure they’re road-ready, but some companies may cut corners to get vehicles on the road and keep distribution moving. In other cases, the manufacturing company of the truck part could have made a defective product. No matter which situation, our lawyers are here to help you hold the right party accountable.
As a driver, there are a few tips you can do to reduce your chances of being involved in a truck accident.
Injuries That Can Result from an 18 Wheeler Accident
According to Traffic Safety Facts from 2017, Georgia had a total of 2,298 fatal crashes that involved large trucks. These accidents can also result in severe injuries. Because of a big rig’s size and weight, the injuries are often catastrophic.
Possible injuries include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Loss of Limb
- Organ Damage
Catastrophic injuries often have permanent consequences that can affect how the person lives their life. They may have a disability, not be able to return to work, and require extensive future medical care. Sometimes, medication or medical equipment could be necessary to maintain quality of life.
If you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury, it’s essential for you to get full and fair compensation for your injuries. That’s where our attorneys can step in and help you with your truck accident claim.
How Can an Atlanta 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyer Help You?
Bey & Associates can help you get the compensation you need so you won’t face financial issues later on. When you’ve filed a truck accident claim, you may be given a settlement offer from the insurance company. While it can be tempting to take the offer to speed up the process of getting the settlement, this may not be the amount that you’re eligible to receive.
At this point, you may not even know the full extent of your injuries. If you accept a settlement and you have less than what you deserve, you may not be able to cover your full medical bills or other financial responsibilities. You shouldn’t have to face paying a bill and getting the care you need.
With Bey & Associates representing you, we’ll carefully go over your case to find how the injury impacted your life. This will include your economic and noneconomic damages. Your financial losses can include past, present, and future medical expenses. When you have your medical care covered, you can have peace of mind that you’ll be able to recover in peace.
We’ll also look into how much work you’ve missed and will continue to miss. Your injuries may fully heal, but you may need to miss work in the future. If you’re no longer able to work, we’ll also fight for you to receive fair compensation for those losses as well. Any property damage you sustained from the accident may also be recovered.
Your noneconomic damages are another important aspect of your compensation. These aren’t financial damages, but they reflect what you were put through because of the accident. Pain and suffering from the severe injuries, loss of enjoyment of life if your life has been hindered or changed in some way because of your injuries, and mental anguish from the accident are all damages that can be recovered. While these losses can be more difficult to calculate, an Atlanta 18 wheeler accident attorney from our firm will assess the extent of your injuries to fairly calculate your noneconomic damages.
When you have a lawyer at your side who has experience in fighting for truck accident victims and understands how severe the losses can be, you can rest assured that they’re going to advocate for your rights and fight for your best interests.
Seek Legal Options with Bey & Associates
After an accident involving an 18 wheeler, you need representation that you can trust to not settle for less than you deserve. An Atlanta 18 wheeler accident lawyer from Bey & Associates will give your case the attention it deserves so we can find the cause of the negligence, the extent of your injuries, and the compensation you should recover so you can focus on healing.
It’s important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible so you can get started on your case. Get in touch with our office today for a free case evaluation. We’ll discuss your options and can begin your legal journey.