Is The At-Fault Party Required To Pay For The Truck Accident Expenses?
If you were involved in a truck accident in Georgia, then you know that the damages are more significant than if you were in an accident with another car. If the other driver was at fault and completely wrecked your vehicle – or worse, put you in the hospital – then you are probably wondering (and hoping) whether he can be required to pay for the damages he caused.
Trying To Recover Damages From An At-Fault Trucker? Call Us!
Getting into a car accident is bad enough. Getting into an accident with a truck can be significantly worse. Not only are the damages more significant, but there are more state and federal regulations to contend with.
Even worse is that, even if the trucker is in the wrong, the trucking company may still supply him with a team of lawyers and investigators. Do not let them intimidate you. No matter how many lawyers he has on his side, if the trucker is responsible for the accident, then he should be made to pay for the damages.
Recovering damages from a truck accident can feel like pulling teeth. Let us do the fighting for you. Call Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC today to speak with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. We know the tricks the trucking companies try to pull to get out of paying damages, and we are here to represent you and hold their feet to the fire.
Parties Who May Be At Fault
The obvious person to blame for a trucking accident is the driver. Perhaps he was not paying attention because he was looking at his cell phone or fiddling with the radio. Maybe he fell asleep at the wheel from all those long days of driving. It may very well be the driver’s fault, but the blame may also lie at the feet of several others.
The Trucking Company
The trucking company may also be to blame for the accident. Perhaps the company did not train the driver well enough. Or maybe the company was giving the driver an unrealistic workload, which caused him to rush, which caused the accident.
There are so many parts that go into making up a truck. All it takes is for one of those parts to be faulty for something to go wrong, like brakes. Our investigators can determine which part, if any, malfunctioned, and which manufacturer was responsible for that part.
The Cargo Company
If the cargo the driver is hauling is too heavy or not tied down properly, then the cargo company may be to blame insofar as why the truck was unable to stop or slow down.
Determining the right parties to sue in a lawsuit is crucial because you only get the chance to file suit once. And the earlier you let investigators analyze your case, the better. The more time that passes, the more crucial details may be omitted or unable to be recovered.
Once a trucking company is found to be at-fault for an accident, the amount they are permitted to pay out rests on the kind of insurance coverage they have on the driver that hit you.
There are certain minimum coverage amounts that every driver is supposed to carry. The idea is that this minimum coverage is enough to cover another driver, should an accident ever occur, but this is not always so. Every accident is different.
The kind of coverage a driver has depends largely on the type of freight he hauls. However, to cover themselves, many companies require their drivers are covered at a minimum of one million dollars, just to be safe.
Therefore, if the damages sustained in your accident add up to less than a million dollars, there should be no reason why a trucking company would be unable to cover both your medical expenses and the monies necessary to replace or fix your car.
Either way, when a truck is involved in an accident, state and federal rules determine how much the trucking company is required to award in a personal injury case. If you have been injured in a truck accident, Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC can help.
Factors That Determine Damage Awards
For a typical case involving a truck accident, there are several factors that a court must consider before awarding damages, including:
- The total cost of medical expenses, including those that are expected in the future (which can be significant, if the accident involved a big rig or the like)
- Past, current, and future lost wages, including future earning potential
- Pain and suffering, mental and physical
- Damage to your vehicle and other property
If you are interested in pursuing a claim against a trucking company for an accident you were involved in, then fill out the form to the right, or call us at (855) 329-7144 to speak with one of our qualified professionals. You will receive a free consultation with no obligation to retain, so what do you have to lose? Call today!