Atlanta Lawyer Jason is a respected truck accident lawyer representing victims injured by commercial trucks in Georgia.
- The McLendon Firm is honored to be recognized as one of Georgia’s top law firms specializing in accident victim representation.
- We provide unmatched attention to your truck accident claim.
- We will go the extra mile for you. If you are unable to travel to our office, we will happily meet you at your home!
- We explore every monetary source available to you. A truck accident lawyer will make sure that you are compensated by every available insurance policy.
- Our fees are lower than most other large injury firms. Our goal is to make sure that you recover from your injures and receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.
What should I do if I was injured in a truck accident?
If you were injured by a commercial vehicle, it is important that you take pictures of the vehicles involved as well as any visible injuries that you have.
It is equally important for you to contact an injury lawyer. Truck accidents have unique requirements that require immediate action. Call us today to discuss the details of your truck accident case at 404-565-1618.
What can a truck accident lawyer do for you?
Being injured in a tractor trailer accident can be stressful and overwhelming. To make matters worse, the insurance company is solely focused on pressuring you to settle quickly for a fraction of the value of your injury case. They are not concerned that you have the money necessary to get the medical treatment that you need. As a victim in a trucking accident, you should never handle your injury case alone. You need a truck accident lawyer who will deal with the insurance company while you to focus on recovering from your injuries.
It is important to hire an injury lawyer quickly because truck accidents have unique requirements that can make or break your case if not handled properly. As a general rule, trucking companies and their insurance companies will deny that they are liable for the accident and your injuries. If this happens to you, it is imperative that we serve the trucking company with a notice to preserve evidence and quickly schedule for the vehicles to be inspected by an accident reconstructionist. These steps will ensure that the trucking company is held responsible for the accident and your injuries.
Pursuing a trucking accident claim can be an expensive and daunting process. By hiring a truck accident lawyer, you do not have to worry yourself with the financial obligations or stress involved with handling your injury claim. Our truck accident injury law firm will front any expense money necessary to pursue your injury claim. If we do not win your case, you do not have to pay for our time nor reimburse us for expenses that we invested into your injury case.
Tractor trailer accidents typically cause the most serious injuries. As a result, truck accident injury victims are usually entitled to significant compensation. Many accident lawyers will give up if the insurance company refuses to pay you the amount you deserve. Not us! If the insurance company refuses to pay you what you deserve, we will file a lawsuit to continue your fight for justice. We will even take your case to trial if that is what it takes for you to receive the compensation you deserve.
The only way that you make sure you receive the compensation you deserve is to hire a truck accident lawyer.
Call us at (404) 565-1618 to schedule a free consultation where we will discuss your injury claim with a personal injury lawyer. We have offices conveniently located in Atlanta and Rome. If you are unable to meet at our office, we can travel to your home or meet remotely.
How much does a truck accident lawyer cost?
If you were injured in a truck accident, you are likely concerned with how you are going pay your medical bills. The last thing you need is another out of pocket expense. Many people think that they cannot afford a truck accident lawyer – but this is not true!
If you were injured in an accident, a personal injury lawyer is the best investment that you can make. Accident lawyers are paid on what is called a contingency fee. This means that if we do not win your case, we do not get paid. Better yet, you never have to pay any money out of your pocket. A truck accident lawyer will take a predetermined portion of the settlement as payment for handling your injury case.
Be careful. Not all injury lawyers charge the same percentage. The large law firms spend tens of thousands of dollars a month to be on billboards and television. As a result, they almost always charge a higher percentage than other personal injury law firms. They also, tend settle you case quickly and for less money because their focus is generating quick settlements – rather than the quality of their legal representation. Our law firm charges the lowest standard rate of any personal injury law firm so you can be confident that you will receive the maximum compensation for your injury.
Importantly, Atlanta Lawyer Jason McLendon has a guarantee that he will never receive more money from a settlement than a client. After all, you were injured. You deserve maximum compensation for your injuries. A shocking number of injury lawyers do not follow this practice and will regularly take more money from your injury case than you will receive.
If you were injured in an accident, call 404-565-1618 for a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer who is a trusted partner with the latino community.
What should I do if I was injured by a tractor trailer?
If you were injured by a tractor trailer, it is imperative that you immediately contact an injury lawyer specializing in trucking accidents.
Trucking accidents are incredibly complex and there are steps that must be taken quickly to ensure the preservation of your injury claim. Whenever possible, trucking companies deny that they are responsible for the accident and your injuries. Therefore, quick action to preserve your injury claim is necessary.
The first step to preserve your truck accident injury claim is to have all vehicles involved inspected. We partner with Georgia’s best accident reconstructionist to build our case against the trucking company. An accident reconstructionist will take photographs of the vehicles as well as download important crash data from the “black box” located within each vehicle.
Some of the most serious injuries occur in trucking accidents. Most injury lawyers do not have the experience and relationships necessary to ensure that your claim is properly pursued. You should take the following steps if you were injured in a trucking accident:
- Contact the police and tell them you were injured by a tractor trailer.
- Take pictures and videos! Document everything.
- Get contact information for all witnesses and involved parties.
- Never make any statements that can be interpreted as you admitting responsibility for the accident.
- Go to the hospital. You need to make certain that you do not have any life-threatening injuries and receive
- preliminary medical treatment for other injuries.
- Never give a recorded statement without first speaking with an injury lawyer.
- Call a personal injury lawyer that specializes in recovering for victims of trucking accidents.
The trucking company will immediately have their team of lawyers working to protect their financial interests. You need an aggressive lawyer who is not afraid to take them on. If you are injured in a trucking accident, call (404) 565-1618 to discuss your injury claim with a trucking accident lawyer.
How much is a truck accident injury worth?
People injured in truck accidents frequently want to know how much their truck injury claim is worth. There are no hard and fast rules about the value of your injuries. As a general rule, the total value of your injuries is left for a jury to determine.
That said, a powerful legal team experienced in truck accidents gives you the best change of receiving the compensation that you deserve without a lengthy delay waiting for a jury trial. An expert injury lawyer will demand substantial compensation from the insurance company using your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and the agony that you endured.
The most important factor that determines the value of a truck accident claim is the extent of your injuries. Typically, serious injuries are accompanied by significant medical expenses.
Logically, a settlement for someone with serious injuries will be greater than a settlement for someone with only minor injuries. In theory, a settlement in a truck accident case is designed to compensate you for your pain and suffering, out of pocket expenses and time spent seeking medical treatment. In legal terms, you are being “made whole” again to put you in the place you were prior to your accident. Because the proceeds of your injury settlement are intended to make you whole again, you will receive these funds tax free.
Sometimes, a somewhat serious injury will not be accompanied by expensive medical bills. An example of this is a broken rib. And accident victim with a broken rib will endure tremendous pain and suffering; but there is nothing that a medical professional can do to repair this injury. In this situation, an experienced injury lawyer is needed to negotiate the true value of this injury claim despite the absence of significant medical expenses.
Generally speaking, the more medical expenses that you incur due to your injures, the more your claim is worth. This is because substantial medical treatment is generally a good indicator of severe injuries. Fortunately, commercial trucks are required to have significant insurance policies because tractor trailers are typically responsive for the most catastrophic accidents on Georgia roadways. Therefore, there should be sufficient funds available to get you’re the medical treatment that you need and the compensate you deserve.
However, you cannot expect to be rewarded by accumulating unnecessary medical expenses. The trucking company will comb through your medical records and bills to make sure they are legitimate and related to the injuries you received in the accident involving the commercial truck.
A trucking accident lawyer has relationships with medical providers and will assist you with finding the best medical facilities to address your specific injuries. Call us today at 404-565-1618 for a free consultation regarding your truck accident injuries.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is an important portion of your truck accident claim. However, it is difficult to quantify how much your pain and suffering is worth. In theory, the value of your pain and suffering is generally related to the amount of your medical bills.
However, in some circumstances, your pain and suffering is not strictly associated with the medical bills. Broken bones are a great example of an injury where pain and suffering is not quantified by the medical bills. Generally broken bones are very painful injuries that significantly disrupt daily life. Yet, this type of injury rarely requires frequent or continuous medical treatment to recover. In this circumstance, you need an experienced injury lawyer to negotiate the true value of this injury – despite not having significant medical expenses.
Lost Wages are another component of the overall value of your truck accident injury claim. If you are unable to work and are not being paid after being injured, the law allows you to seek compensation for all wages lost due to your injuries. In some situations, lost wages may also include other financial benefits, such as bonuses. Ultimately, the amount of your lost wage claim must be proven by your financial records or pay stubs reflecting your earnings for the period of time leading up to your accident as well as documentation reflecting your earnings after you were injured.
If you suffered a permanent injury that impacts your future earnings, you will need to pursue a claim for lost earning capacity. This is a special claim that applies if you are never able to recover to the extent necessary to be employed in the same capacity as you were prior to your accident. This type of claim is most prevalent in careers involving physical labor.
If you were injured in a truck accident and lost wages as a result, call (404) 565-1618 for a free, no obligation consultation with an injury lawyer.
Property Damage is another component that may have an impact on the value of your settlement. Although this is not the most significant component of your injury claim, it is important to know how property damage can impact your claim.
If your vehicle is damaged, you should always file a property damage claim and have your vehicle repaired. Naturally, an insurance adjuster will be skeptical if an injured party claims to have serious injuries resulting for an accident where there is no visible damage to the vehicles involved. However, even in this senecio, a skilled injury lawyer may be able to leverage a significant settlement based upon your injuries.
Can I sue if a family member was killed in a trucking accident?
Losing a loved one is never easy. When you find out that their death could have been easily avoided, it hurts even worse. No matter what the caused the truck accident, the victim’s family is entitled to substantial compensation. Yet, you may be entitled to punitive damages depending on the cause of the accident.
A wrongful death claim can be filed by the heirs of the victim of a fatal accident. A Georgia lawyer specializing in wrongful death can help you determine who can bring this type of claim.
A wrongful death claim will reimburse the victim’s family for expenses incurred such as medical expenses, funeral expenses, and lost wages. You also may be compensated for the decedent’s pain, suffering and injuries that they experienced prior to their unfortunate passing.
If you lost a loved one in an accident, you need the assistance of an experienced attorney who has handled wrongful death cases. Let us deal with all of the details of preserving and pursuing the wrongful death claim while you and your family grieve.
To properly preserve your wrongful death claim, it is usually important to act quickly to safeguard necessary evidence. Call us today for a free consultation where we can discuss your wrongful death claim relating to a truck accident.
Are large commercial trucks required to abide by any special regulations?
Drivers of tractor trailers are subject to several regulations that are unique to commercial vehicles.
Commercial Driver’s License
One special requirement for truck drivers is that they have a commercial driver’s license – more commonly referred to as a CDL. A CDL is required for anyone operating a commercial vehicle in the State of Georgia and nationwide.
In order to obtain a commercial driver’s license, an applicant must have a clean driving history, must enroll and pass a state approved course and must pass a drug and alcohol screen. Every CDL holder is subject to have their commercial driving privileges revoked if they accumulate any significant traffic violations.
In Georgia, truck drivers may only operate their commercial vehicle for eleven consecutive hours. After operating a truck for eleven hours, a driver then must then be “off” for at least ten hours before returning to the road. These driving limitations are intended to limit serious accident caused by exhausted truck drivers.
Truck driver are also required to keep accurate records for the past six months documenting their hours on and off the road. If a truck driver fails to preserve their hours for the past six months, it creates a presumption that the driver was not abiding by the time restrictions required by Georgia law.
Drug and Alcohol Testing
Truck drivers are required to submit to random drug and alcohol screens. Drug and alcohol screens are also required in other situations such as: after serious accidents and if there is reason to believe that the driver is intoxicated. If a CDL driver refuses a drug or alcohol test, it generally results in a suspension of their commercial license until they complete a substance abuse program and provide a negative drug and alcohol screen.
A truck accident lawyer will investigate if impaired driving was a factor in your injury and investigate if the truck driver ever had any other violations that may be relevant to your injury claim.
Commercial vehicles are also required to undergo regular inspections to ensure that large commercial trucks are adequately maintained to ensure the safety of all driver’s on Georgia’s highways. The following components must be inspected during a commercial vehicle’s safety inspection:
- Brake System
- Coupling Devices
- Fuel System
- Lights, turn signals and reflectors
- Steering Mechanisms
- Exhaust System
- Tires and Rims
- Window Glazing
- Windshield Wipers
In Georgia, the state minimum insurance for most vehicles is $25,000.00 per person and $50,000.00 per accident for bodily injury and $25,000.00 for property damage. Commercial vehicles are required to maintain significantly more insurance. Georgia requires commercial vehicles to have at least $100,000.00 per person and $300,000.00 per accident.
Because truck accidents frequently involve significant injures and multiple vehicles, most trucking companies have a policy of maintaining at least $1,000,000.00 in coverage.
How do we approach truck accidents?
Our law firm believes that an aggressive approach is the best way to ensure that you recover from your injuries caused by a tractor trailer. Rather than waiting to see how the trucking companies lawyers want to proceed, we proactively build your case from the moment we are involved.
We will help you gather reports, photographs and witnesses necessary to prove that the trucking company is responsible for your injuries. We will also employ Georgia’s best experts to thoroughly document and maintain evidence proving that the trucking company caused the accident and is liable for your injuries.
Another important step in bringing a truck accident claim is demanding records from the trucking company to ensure that the driver was properly rested, and the tractor trailer properly maintained. If the records prove that additional claims of negligence, this strengthens your injury claim.
Call an experienced and aggressive truck accident lawyer today for a free, no obligation consultation at (404) 565-1618.
Trucking Accident Frequently Asked Questions
What will it cost to hire a lawyer after being injured in a truck accident?
You do not have to pay anything out of pocket to be represented by a truck accident lawyer. If we win your case, we will earn a pre-determined portion of the settlement as payment for the representation.
Hiring a truck accident lawyer is the best investment you can make if you were injured in an accident. Trucking companies and their lawyers will try to pressure you into settling your case for far less than you deserve. Call us at 404-565-1618 for a free, no obligation consultation with a personal injury lawyer.
How long will the process take?
How long your truck accident claim may last depends on a few factors. The first factor is the severity of your injuries and the timeline for your recovery. In most circumstances, we will wait until you are done receiving medical treatment before attempting to negotiate a settlement. As such, the time it takes you to recover from your injuries generally dictates how long the process will last.
The other major factor in determining how long your injury case will last is if the insurance company will agree to a fair settlement. If they refuse to compensate you for your injuries, we will usually file a lawsuit in our pursuant for justice. We are not afraid to fight for you and we will work tirelessly to ensure that you are compensated for your injuries – no matter how long the process takes.
How are truck accidents different from car accidents?
Truck accidents and car accidents are to entirely different types of personal injury cases. The primary difference between truck accidents and car accidents is that the lawyers for trucking companies routinely deny that they caused the accident resulting in injuries. This necessitates prompt action and the use of experts in many truck accident injury claims.
We partner with Georgia’s leading accident reconstructionists to ensure that your bodily injury claim is preserved. Our experts will analyze and photograph all vehicles involved in your collision so that, if necessary, we can prove that the tractor trailer is responsible for your injuries.
Truck accidents also require a thorough investigation to ensure that the truck driver and trucking company has obeyed the applicable state and federal regulations such has keeping a six-month log of driving hours and regular maintenance inspections. If either of these areas have been neglected, we may be able to show that these violations were contributing factors in your trucking accident – earning you more compensation.
Unfortunately, another distinction between truck accidents and car accidents is that truck accidents frequently involve severe and sometimes life-threatening injuries. The size of tractor trailers necessitates much more room to maneuver and mistakes can be tragic.
Call us at (404) 565-1618 for a free consultation regarding your truck accident. We can help you navigate this complex type of injury claim and demand the maximum settlement that you deserve.
Should I settle my truck accident or have a trial?
Whether you should proceed to a trial or settle a case depends on several variables.
First, how much is the insurance company offering to settle your injury claim? If you are being offered little to nothing to compensate you for your injuries sustained in a trucking accident, it is a pretty easy decision to file suit and proceed to trial.
On the other hand, how much risk are you willing to take? If you have a good offer to resolve the claim, you may not want to risk getting less, or nothing, after spending the time and money necessary to proceed with a trial. This is where you should have a conversation with your lawyer about your best/worst case scenarios so that you can make an informed decision on how to handle your injury case.
Whether or not you should resolve your truck accident injury claim is a very fact specific question that you should discuss with an injury lawyer. Call us for a free, no obligation consultation at (404) 565-1618 to discuss the specific facts of your case.
What if I cannot afford my medical care?
If you are injured in a truck accident, you will likely need medical treatment to recover from your injuries. An injury lawyer can help you receive the medical treatment that you need even if you are not able to afford the necessary medical care.
If left untreated, the injures received in an accident can severely impact your future. You may find yourself unable to work, perform normal daily activities. You do not have to live in constant, debilitating pain.
Do not let a negligent truck driver unnecessarily impact the rest of your life. An accident lawyer can help you not only receive the compensation you deserve. We can also ensure you receive the medical treatment you need to recover from your injuries.
Lawyer Jason McLendon partners with numerous doctors and chiropractors all over the state of Georgia. These relationships will ensure that you get the medical treatment you need after being the victim of a car accident. Even if you do not have health insurance, we can help. The medical providers we partner with will wait to be paid until after your case is settled for the amount that you deserve.
Many personal injury lawyers will not take the time to make sure that you recover from your injuries. Our law firm’s mission is to be a partner with car accident victims. Our passion is to fight for justice for every injured person. We are so confident in our work that If we do not win your injury case, you do not have to pay anything for our legal representation.
Call us at (404) 565-1618 to schedule a free consultation where we will discuss your injury claim with an injury lawyer.
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