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How Does a Lawyer Handle Truck Accident Cases?
Victims of truck accidents should promptly contact a lawyer after their accident. Your lawyer should administer a thorough case review and fight for your rights so that you receive a fair settlement from the insurance company. The insurance company will probably collect evidence to limit their responsibility and reduce the amount they offer to you. This is one reason why your Douglasville Truck Accident Attorney needs to conduct a detailed case review of all the evidence so they can adequately defend you.
When the case review is finished, your Douglas County truck accident lawyer may file a claim on your behalf. Your claim will include payment for the losses owed to you. Your claim will also list the truck company's or driver's negligence and liability for the collision.
There are different ways to settle your case. If your attorney can negotiate a fair agreement with the insurance company, your case will be settled out of court with monetary compensation. However, if a compromise cannot be made, your lawsuit may be taken to court, where a jury or judge will decide on the amount of your settlement.
This step only occurs if your lawsuit is brought to court. Both the insurance company and your lawyer will present their cases, and the jury or judge will determine the result. The verdict will decide who is liable and the amount of compensation to be paid to the injured victim.
In Georgia, vehicles that weigh over ten thousand pounds and are used in the commercial industry are governed by strict regulations. In addition, there are further regulations for trucks used in the commercial sector that are over twenty-six thousand pounds.
All commercial vehicle drivers must have a medical exam and must keep a medical examination certification in their trucks at all times. These documents are valid for up to twenty-four months. Truck drivers who have certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, may be required to renew their medical exam certifications more often. Semi-truck operators must also submit to routine drug testing and inspection of their vehicles.
On top of all of this, commercial truck drivers must adhere to Georgia's hours-of-service regulations. The commercial trucking company is responsible for keeping accurate records of each driver's working and driving hours.
For example, if a truck driver causes an accident, and their employer cannot provide a record of their driving activity, it may be assumed that the driver was not abiding by the state's hours-of-service regulations.
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How do Douglasville Truck Accidents Usually Happen?
They can happen in several different ways. This includes but is not limited to reckless driving, speeding, improper lane change, unsecured load, fatigue, or failing to yield. These could be the truck driver's actions or the other vehicle's driver's actions.
How Long Do Truck Accident Cases Usually Take?
At The Shelton Law Firm, we pride ourselves on resolving cases as fast as possible. We know that everyone's life is better when the claim is resolved. Even so, settling a serious case generally takes a few months or years. Anyone who tells you differently is either inexperienced, untrustworthy, or both.
How Does a Douglasville Truck Accident Differ From a Car Accident?
An extra set of state laws, evidence, federal regulations, defenses, and claims apply to commercial vehicle collisions. That is why it is crucial to hire a lawyer who has extensive experience in litigating truck accident injury claims.