According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2020 Pocket Guide to Large Truck and Bus Statistics, there were 198 total fatalities caused by truck accidents in Georgia in 2018. Traffic accidents involving semi-trucks are often devastating and result in serious injuries to vehicle occupants, property damage, hospitalization, and sometimes death. If you or a loved one was involved in an accident caused by a truck driver's negligent actions, you are within your rights to seek fair compensation.
At The Law Offices of Peter Meyer, P.C., we are dedicated to providing experienced legal guidance and strong representation to clients in their truck accident claims. Our skilled Georgia personal injury attorney will review and investigate every last detail of your situation and help you understand your legal options to seek damages. Our team will fight zealously to protect your legal rights, help you hold the liable parties accountable, and pursue fair financial compensation for your injuries, damage, additional pain and suffering, or loss.
At The Law Offices of Peter Meyer, P.C. we proudly serve clients across Macon & Savannah, Georgia, and throughout the surrounding areas of Bibb, Houston, Laurens, Chatham, Peach, Twiggs, Jones, Dodge, Telfair, Wheeler, Bulloch, Candler, and Bleckley.
The period after your involvement in a truck accident can be unsettling. In such difficult situations, what you do — or fail to do — can have a significant impact on the outcome of your personal injury claims. When involved in a truck accident, you should do the following:
Stay calm and never allow your emotions to get the best of you
Get yourself to safety and help other accident victims if you can
Call 911 to get immediate medical attention for injuries to yourself and other victims
Report the truck accident to law enforcement
Exchange information with the other drivers involved, including names, addresses, phone numbers, license numbers, and insurance information
Document all available evidence, such as police reports, witness statements, and accident scene pictures
Document your medical bills and treatments, including doctor's appointments and therapy sessions
Document your personal account of the incident and how it has affected your daily life
Inform your insurance provider of the incident
Hire an experienced lawyer to help negotiate a fair settlement with insurance providers or file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, if applicable
An experienced attorney can evaluate the facts surrounding your situation and determine who may be held liable for the truck accident.
Compared to car accidents, proving liability in a truck accident case may not be as straightforward. A number of different parties may potentially be held liable for the accident, depending on the surrounding circumstances. These parties include:
The truck driver
The owner of the truck or trailer
The trucking company
The truck manufacturer or parts and equipment manufacturers
The individuals who loaded the cargo
The maintenance personnel or company
A private contractor or government agency that failed to properly maintain the highway
A skilled truck accident attorney can investigate every aspect of your case, determine the responsible parties, and help you pursue the financial justice you deserve by filing multiple claims.
Georgia is an “at-fault” state. When a traffic accident occurs, the driver who caused the accident (the at-fault driver) will be responsible for medical bills, vehicle damages, and other accident-related losses suffered by the accident victims.
If you're the victim of a truck accident in Georgia, you have three options to seek compensation for your injuries and damage. These include:
Filing an injury claim with your own insurance provider
Filing a claim with the insurance carrier of the at-fault driver
Filing a personal injury lawsuit in civil court against the at-fault party
If you're representing an incapacitated loved one in a Georgia truck accident case, the first step is to establish conservatorship or guardianship. Once the court appoints you as the legal guardian or conservator of the injured person, you can proceed by filing personal injury claims on their behalf to seek compensation.
If you lost a loved one due to a truck accident, the following individuals are eligible to bring a wrongful death lawsuit:
The surviving spouse of the deceased person
If there is no surviving spouse, the surviving child or children of the decedent
If there is no surviving spouse or children, the parent or parents of the deceased person
If there is no surviving spouse, children, or parents, the executor or administrator of the decedent's estate
According to Georgia law, a wrongful death claim must be brought within two years of the date of the victim's death.
Being involved in a truck accident or losing a loved one can be an overwhelming experience that can affect you physically, mentally, and financially. You don't have to suffer through the financial liability and challenges all on your own. Retaining a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible is crucial to protect your best interests and help you pursue your rightful compensation.
At The Law Offices of Peter Meyer, P.C., we have the resources and experience to support, assist, and represent truck accident victims and their family members during such a difficult situation. Our experienced team will use a comprehensive understanding of the laws pertaining to liability in truck accidents to help guide you through the often complicated legal process. Never leave your fate in the hands of insurers and claims adjusters who aren’t going to protect your best interests. Let our team fight for your rights and help you seek a solution to maximize your financial compensation.
If you or someone close to you was hurt in a truck accident, contact us at The Law Offices of Peter Meyer, P.C. today to schedule a consultation. Our firm is proud to represent clients across Macon & Savannah, Georgia, and throughout the surrounding areas of Bibb, Houston, Laurens, Chatham, Peach, Twiggs, Jones, Dodge, Telfair, Wheeler, Bulloch, Candler, and Bleckley.