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Large commercial truck accidents are not like regular car accidents. Injuries are often more severe in truck accidents, especially for passengers of other vehicles involved in the collision. The trucking industry is also heavily regulated by state and federal laws that do not apply to regular passenger vehicle operation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, a personal injury attorney who has experience representing clients injured in commercial vehicle accidents can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. Atlanta truck accident attorneys at Dan Chapman & Associates, LLC, have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you get maximum compensation for your truck accident injuries and damages. Contact us to set up a free consultation.
Atlanta Truck Accident Practice
- Our attorneys work with clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries and lost loved ones in truck accidents. We know that you may be going through an emotional and difficult time. We will handle your claim with the care and compassion that you and your family deserve.
- We know the strategies and tactics used by large trucking companies and their insurance adjusters to try to reduce their liability and claim value. Our attorneys stand up to large corporate defendants and will never ask you to settle for an amount that does not fully and fairly cover your losses.
- We have recovered millions of dollars for our injured clients, and we never charge upfront attorneys’ fees. Our attorneys take all personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis so that you do not pay legal fees until we win your case.
Investigating Your Claim
The first step our attorneys take in proving a truck accident injury claim is to thoroughly investigate the accident to determine how and why the collision occurred and if any state and federal regulations were violated. Commercial truck drivers are held to high standards and must comply with government rules and regulations.
Drivers are required to go through extensive training before they are approved to operate large commercial vehicles. During the employment process, trucking companies are to conduct thorough background checks on driver candidates to look for potential red flags, such as drug and alcohol convictions, driving history, and other evidence of dangerous or reckless conduct.
In addition to looking into driver training and hiring practices, our attorneys will also examine hours of service logs to determine if the driver was fatigued at the time of the accident. We will obtain cell phone records to see if the truck operator was texting or otherwise distracted when the accident occurred.
Our investigation will also include examining the truck’s black box records and interviewing witnesses to discover other factors involved in the accident, such as excessive speed and unsafe lane changes. We often hire experts to help with truck accident reconstruction and vehicle inspections. It is critical to conduct an exhaustive inspection to gather evidence that will prove fault and liability in your case.
Calculating Your Damages
Calculating the value of your claim can be a complex process, especially when injuries are severe. We know the importance of fully and accurately accounting for all of your past, ongoing, and future damages so that you are never at risk of paying out-of-pocket for accident-related losses.
We will hire medical experts to help determine the extent of your injuries and any future medical care, treatment, and equipment that you will need for the injuries you have suffered. We will also hire financial experts to help calculate your financial losses, such as lost income and benefits. If your injuries are permanent and impact your ability to work in the same capacity as before the accident, our experts will calculate the value of your lost earning capacity.
In addition to medical bills and lost income, your compensation might include pain and suffering, mental anguish, pharmaceutical expenses, and rehabilitation costs. In cases where the defendant’s conduct was egregious, you might also be awarded punitive damages that are meant to punish the defendant for willful, wanton, or malicious conduct and behavior.
Fatal Injury Truck Accidents in Atlanta
Unfortunately, when a commercial truck weighing up to 80,000 pounds is involved in an accident, the resulting injuries are sometimes fatal. As mentioned above, it is almost always passengers in other vehicles involved in the accident who suffer the worst injuries. After a fatal injury accident, the decedent’s surviving family members and the estate may be entitled to compensation.
Surviving family members are typically responsible for initiating wrongful death claims. Damages in fatal injury cases are intended to compensate family members for the full value of the life of the decedent. Calculating wrongful death damages is a complex process because it is difficult to place a value on human life.
When calculating the value of the decedent’s life, both economic and noneconomic damages may be considered. Compensation in wrongful death claims often includes the following:
- Income and benefits the decedent would have earned had he or she survived.
- The value of the decedent’s household services, such as childcare and home maintenance.
- The loss of relationships, including love, care, and companionship.
In some cases, an estate claim may also be made after a fatal truck accident. Estate claims are made by the administrator of the decedent’s estate. Compensation for estate claims may include losses such as medical bills and funeral expenses. The estate may also be awarded compensation for the pain and suffering experienced by the decedent before death. Although punitive damages are not awarded in wrongful death claims, they are sometimes awarded in estate claims.
Contact a Truck Accident Attorney in Atlanta
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, an experienced and dedicated truck accident attorney can help you get the compensation that you need and deserve. Contact Dan Chapman & Associates, LLC, for a free consultation and case evaluation. Our attorneys represent clients in truck accident cases in Atlanta and the surrounding areas. We work to secure compensation for our injured clients and their families so that they have the resources necessary to move forward after a truck accident. Call us today at (678) 504-8564.