Atlanta Truck Accident Attorney
Assisting Commercial Vehicle Accident Victims in Atlanta with Recovering Monetary Compensation for Their Personal Injuries
Did you suffer serious injuries in an Atlanta truck accident? Do you have lifelong limitations, serious medical expenses, and ongoing pain from your injuries?
Unfortunately, this is a painful reality for many Atlanta residents. Truck accidents in our fast-growing and even faster-moving city are a constant threat on roads, from Interstates 85, 75, and 20 to state highways and residential city streets.
From North Buckhead to Princeton Lakes and all points in between, Atlanta truck accidents cause injuries that leave victims with severe, lifelong challenges. A traumatic brain injury can make it impossible for the victim to regulate their emotions or focus on a task. A spinal cord injury can leave a victim paralyzed, confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his or her life.
In many cases, truck accident victims can obtain compensation with an Atlanta truck accident claim. While a truck accident claim cannot magically heal you after the accident, it can give you the funds you need to pay your medical bills and manage your other expenses after a serious injury. If you need legal assistance after your truck accident, or if you need more answers to questions about your claim, contact a compassionate Atlanta truck accident attorney at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers.
We are a national law firm with multiple offices around the country, including Atlanta. We also work with affiliate law firms in most states that share our focus and dedication to excellence. No matter where you are located, we may be able to help you, so call or contact us now. We are open, for FREE, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 800-898-4877, or you may contact us now by CLICKING HERE to submit your case for review.
Contact an Experienced Atlanta Truck Accident Attorney to Learn More About Your Rights
If you suffered serious injuries in an Atlanta truck accident, do not wait to contact a truck accident attorney.
An Atlanta truck accident attorney brings an array of advantages to the pursuit of your claim. Many truck accident victims discover that working with an experienced attorney substantially increases the compensation they receive for their injuries. Others report that a truck accident attorney conducted a more thorough investigation, offered peace of mind, or helped negotiate effectively on their behalf.
What does that mean for you?
Seeking the Compensation You Deserve
After an Atlanta truck accident, you know that you deserve compensation—but just how much, exactly?
A settlement from an Atlanta truck accident claim can prove life-changing, especially when you have serious medical bills to deal with.
No attorney can guarantee the exact amount of compensation you will receive in a truck accident claim, but luckily, truck drivers usually carry much more substantial insurance policies than drivers who operate only traditional passenger vehicles. When you pursue your Atlanta truck accident claim, you may include:
Your medical expenses. Serious injuries usually equal serious medical expenses. Keep track of all of them! Your medical expenses form the foundation of your Atlanta truck accident claim.
Depending on your injuries, you may need to track:
- Emergency treatment, including an emergency room bill
- Emergency transport (Did you get an ambulance ride to the hospital? It counts!)
- Surgeries and procedures to help treat your injuries (Keep an eye out for multiple bills for some of these! Many hospitals base their billing on the entity that performed a specific procedure.)
- Durable medical equipment (crutches, braces, wheelchairs, etc.)
- Therapy (physical, occupational, and psychological, if needed)
- Modifications to your home due to your injuries (Widened doorways, wheelchair ramps, etc)
Your lost income. Did you miss time at work due to your truck accident in Atlanta? How much? Those lost wages can really add up, especially when you consider the fact that your bills have grown higher than ever. Lucky employees have employers who will work with them to get them back to work as soon as possible. Other employers may want you to make a full recovery before letting you come back to work, especially if they will need to modify your usual work environment or responsibilities to make that happen.
Most employers do not offer sick leave policies that will cover the kind of time you will need to recover after serious truck accident injuries, especially the types of injuries that can leave you out of work for months. As a result, you may find yourself struggling to manage your finances. Thankfully, you can include compensation for those lost wages as part of your truck accident claim.
Your suffering after the accident. Your injuries cause substantial physical pain. Chances are, they also cause considerable mental anguish.
You may struggle with feeling dependent on other people, especially if you usually manage your life independently. You may have a hard time with the things you have to miss out on because of your injuries. Many victims also face emotional challenges related to limitations or permanent disfigurement related to the accident.
An Atlanta truck accident attorney can help you learn more about how to include pain and suffering as part of your truck accident claim.
Who Bears Liability for a Truck Accident?
Most obviously, the truck driver who caused the accident bears liability for the accident. Commercial truck drivers usually carry substantial insurance policies designed to protect against exactly that possibility. However, other factors can also contribute, leading to other parties potentially sharing liability for the accident and, therefore, for your injuries.
The truck driver’s employer. Did the employer fail to properly maintain the vehicle, leading to an accident? Did the employer have unreasonable expectations for the truck driver, including driving in unsafe conditions or exceeding the federal restrictions for the number of hours he can spend behind the wheel each day? Did the driver’s employer continue to employ a driver with a history of frequently causing accidents in the past? Often, in these cases, the driver’s employer will share liability for the accident.
The truck manufacturer. Truck manufacturers have a responsibility to produce safe and defect-free vehicles. When a mechanical error causes the accident, your attorney may investigate the manufacturer to see if the company shares liability for the accident.
The company that loaded the truck. Shifting load accident? Cargo falling off the back of the truck? These types of accidents could leave liability on the shoulders of the company that loaded the truck, and occur far more often in Atlanta than you might think.
National Trucking Accident Attorney Stewart J. Guss discusses trucking safety on national news with Mike Papantonio on America’s Lawyer
Life After Truck Accident Injuries
Unfortunately, truck accidents result in far more than aches, pains, and bruises. Many survivors of truck accidents find they must now deal with:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Victims with traumatic brain injury may notice changes to every area of their lives as a result of their injuries. In fact, some even suffer from altered personalities after the accident, which can make it incredibly difficult to maintain relationships with friends and loved ones. Other symptoms can prove equally problematic.
Traumatic brain injury victims can have difficulty concentrating on the task at hand. Losing memories does not just happen in the movies, either: While many traumatic brain injury victims lose long-term memories as a result of their injuries, others may find themselves with gaps in short-term memory. Victims may constantly forget what they need to do or lose the locations of items that they set down just seconds before.
Not only that, but many victims with traumatic brain injury also have physical symptoms. Sleep disturbances occur all too commonly: either sleeping too much, as the brain tries to heal itself, or struggling to fall asleep at all, sometimes because of fears related to time spent in a coma after the accident. Victims may also notice ringing in their ears or tunnel vision.
Traumatic brain injury also creates substantial problems with emotional regulation. Many victims find themselves responding improperly to emotional stimuli or struggling to hold back extreme emotional reactions over relatively minor concerns.
Thanks to this grouping of symptoms, many victims of traumatic brain injury have a hard time going back to work after their injuries. Even minor traumatic brain injury can cause symptoms more than a year after the initial accident. More serious traumatic brain injury can leave the victim with lifelong symptoms.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can mean the rest of the victim’s life in a wheelchair. If the injury occurs high on the spinal cord, it can also limit mobility in the hands and arms. Additionally, victims often struggle with decreased organ function below the site of the injury, leading to digestive upset or bladder and bowel control challenges.
Spinal cord injury victims commonly need to change professions or shift their professional plans, especially if they previously worked in highly physical professions. Even incomplete spinal cord injury can serve to substantially decrease mobility, which may mean that the victim needs to make a career shift. In other cases, work of any kind may no longer be possible for the truck accident victim.
The sheer force of a truck accident can lead to injuries requiring limb amputations. Many victims also face amputation due to factors that occur in the aftermath of the accident. In some cases, doctors may recommend removing a crushed limb because restricted blood flow to the limb can cause the tissue to die.
Amputations can leave many victims with lifelong disabilities. Often, victims adapt with the use of a prosthetic device. While this device may make mobility easier, it also means an ongoing expense for amputees. Amputees usually have to replace their prosthetics within the first year after the accident, as the shape of the stump can change dramatically during that time. They frequently replace prosthetic devices every three to five years, since they wear out with regular use over time.
In addition to the fire hazards that exist in any car accident, which can leave victims with severe burns as they try to get away from their vehicles, accidents with tanker trucks can pose an additional burn hazard: chemical burns. Tanker trucks carrying hazardous chemicals can spill those chemicals in an accident, posing substantial burn danger to accident victims and rescue workers alike.
Burns cause more pain than nearly any other type of injury. Burn victims usually have considerable scarring, which can have a deep psychological effect on the victim long after the accident itself. If you suffer serious burns, even plastic surgery may not fully restore your former appearance.
In addition to the other challenges associated with severe burns, burn victims face a high rate of complication. They often need a stay in a special burn unit to help decrease the risk of infection. Even still, burn victims may still have ongoing complications, including the need for multiple skin grafts. As a result, their medical bills may rise much higher than initially anticipated.
Broken bones can cause serious limitations to your mobility and leave you struggling to get around. Not only that, you may find it impossible to take care of yourself or complete your job responsibilities, especially if you suffered multiple broken bones.
In an accident, drivers often brace themselves against the steering wheel automatically. This reflex accomplishes little, and can actually increase the risk of broken bones in the hands and arms. Victims may also suffer from broken bones in the legs or torso depending on where the force from the accident hits and how they connect with the vehicle or its surroundings.
Do You Need an Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyer?
After a truck accident in Atlanta, an attorney can help you learn more about the compensation you deserve. Their advice can also help you avoid getting caught in the traps set by insurance companies. If you receive a settlement offer, consult an experienced Atlanta truck accident attorney before accepting, since that offer might not reflect the compensation you really deserve.
Did you suffer truck accident injuries in Atlanta? Need an experienced Atlanta truck accident attorney?
Call Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, today at 866-300-8253 for a free consultation with a dedicated Atlanta truck accident lawyer. Learn more about your legal rights following a serious truck accident. You may have the right to compensation for your injuries. Don’t wait to pursue what is rightfully yours.
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