Why Are Truck Accidents More Likely To Cause Serious Injury Than Regular Car Crashes?
A truck accident in the state of Georgia is more likely to cause injury than if you were to get into a regular car crash. There are several reasons for this:
- It is a lot harder – and takes a lot longer – for a truck to come to a complete stop.
- A truck is significantly heavier than a car – about 80,000 lbs. – so it does more significant damage on impact than a regular car that weighs 3,000 lbs.
- Injuries that might have happened anyway as a result of the crash, like whiplash, are more severe when a truck is involved.
Were You Injured In A Truck Accident? We Can Help!
Getting into a car accident can be a stressful and frightening ordeal. Getting into an accident with a truck is a whole different story. First, you must deal with the damage and injuries you have suffered, then you must deal with the nightmarish paperwork involved in the insurance process.
What is worse is that even if the trucker is entirely at fault, his employer will still back him with a team of lawyers to defend the company’s name. No matter how many lawyers the trucking company provides, if the trucker was at fault, then he should be made to pay.
Recovering damages from a truck accident may be one of the most stressful things you can do. Let us help. Call Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC today, and you will be connected to one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. We have secured thousands of dollars in damages for our clients, and we want to help you now, too.
Truck Crashes Are Serious
Sadly, most people who die in truck accidents are people who were in the other car, not the truck. Truth be told, if you were injured in an accident involving a truck, you are unfortunately one of the lucky ones. It is not so easy to walk away from a truck accident.
Because trucks take a longer time to slow down, they are going at a higher rate of speed when they hit another car. Considering the amount of weight they are packing behind them when they hit, it is no wonder the other driver tends to suffer far greater than the person who is driving the truck.
There are two other elements to a truck that cause an accident to be more serious: their height and their tendency to roll. Because a truck is higher up than a car, a car can more easily slide under a truck, which can also cause greater injury.
Similarly, trucks tend to jack-knife or roll over when in distress, and they cover a large surface area. So, it can be a lot harder to get out of the way of a truck when its trailer is scraping across the road and toward you.
You Need A Specialized Attorney
It goes without saying that a truck accident is nothing like a car accident. This goes beyond the initial incident and extends into the paperwork side of things as well. There are more forms to fill out and more regulations to contend with, both at the state and federal level. If you have been in a truck accident in the state of Georgia, you should not be facing the claims process alone.
In a truck accident, the state and federal rules determine how much the trucking company pays you toward your personal injury case. If you have been injured in a truck accident, Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC can help.
Higher Settlement Amounts
Because of the damage they can cause, trucks are typically covered by large insurance policies. This is to ensure they have enough money to pay out on a claim if they do end up in an accident and have to pay for extensive damage and medical bills.
However, for this reason, it is important that you are fully aware of what you are entitled to with respect to current and future damages. The first number the trucker’s insurance company will throw out at you will more than likely be a large one. They hope to blind you with that number, that you will think it too high to possibly say no to.
But the truth is, most insurance policies cover trucks for up to $1 million in damages. While, say, a $250,000 settlement may sound like a lot, it may pale in comparison to the medical treatments you may need in the future, as well as the car you will more than likely have to replace.
If you have been the victim of a truck accident in the state of Georgia, it is more important than ever that you are aware of what you are entitled to. 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. Let us review your case and advise you on your best course of action.
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