What Should You Do If You Are Injured In a Truck Accident In Georgia?
Whether it’s a tractor trailer or a pick-up truck, the odds of being injured in an accident involving a truck in the state of Georgia are much more likely than a crash involving just passenger vehicles. This is due to the size and weight of the truck, as well as a truck’s required stopping time being longer than that of an average car. You may be able to seek compensation for these injuries as well as any ensuing damage to your vehicle, working ability, or day-to-day enjoyment of life.
Truck Accident Claims
Wrecks involving large trucks are different. The faster you get professional help on your side, the more likely you will be to win your case. No matter who caused the accident, it is understood that an insurance claim must be filed. Keep in mind that timing is critical in truck wrecks. The trucking company has its own investigators and attorneys on standby to investigate truck wrecks. They may come to the scene of the wreck before you leave and try to take a statement from you. Remember that you are not required to speak to them.
Trucking companies will do all that they can to protect themselves and so should you. You will want someone protecting you and your rights against the trucking company. Our experienced lawyers here at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC can help. We can guide you through the process or take it over, allowing you to focus on what truly matters: getting better.
What to Do Immediately Following the Accident
If you become injured in a truck accident in Georgia, the first thing you should do after your car comes to a complete stop is assess your injuries. If you suspect you may have suffered an injury that is more severe, it is important you do not move. As carefully as possible, reach for your phone and call 9-1-1, if no one on the scene has done so already.
If, however, you have only suffered a less serious injury, you can get out of the car and check on the other driver(s) if it is safe to do so. If no one else appears to be severely injured, then your next step is to take pictures of the scene while you wait for help to arrive. Some things you’ll want to take pictures of include:
- Damage to your vehicle
- Damage to the other vehicle
- Skid marks left on the road, if any
- Signs and other significant landmarks
- Traffic lights
Take as many photos as you can before emergency personnel and law enforcement arrive and clean up the scene. These photos can be used in an insurance claim to determine who was at fault for the accident. You should also take down the name and phone number of any witnesses or persons that stop to assist. If the fault may lie partly with you and partly with the other driver, then the pictures can be studied to determine who held more responsibility.
Once you’re done taking pictures, exchange insurance information with the other driver(s) and wait for help to arrive.
Speak with the Police
Once the police arrive, you will need to be careful what you say when answering their questions. Although you may want to profess your innocence with a statement like “I didn’t even see him coming!” or “I feel so bad that this happened,” these statements can be taken out of context as admissions of guilt.
Answer the officer’s questions as honestly and clearly as possible, but don’t offer any extra information that could potentially come back to bite you in the future.
Get Help Seeking Financial Compensation
If you have suffered an injury in a truck accident in Atlanta, Georgia, the last thing you want to have to deal with is an insurance claim in a personal injury case. However, it is crucial that the claim be filed immediately and that it is handled expertly, else you may be forced to settle for less than you deserve – or be denied damages altogether.
You should consider hiring a Georgia personal injury lawyer with proven experience in dealing with trucking companies to help you handle your case. When you have an experienced lawyer on your side, you can rest easy and take comfort in knowing that your claim is being handled properly while you recover. If you’re interested in speaking with one of the lawyers on our team at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC, fill out our contact form, or give us a call at 855-329-7144 to get started.