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You Were the One Injured, You are Missing Work, and You are the One Getting Medical Bills…But You Didn’t Cause the Semi-Truck Accident!

So DO NOT let the insurance company give you a hard time or try to ruin the settlement you deserve!

We see it daily: Insurance companies ripping the rug right out from innocent Georgia truck-accident victims who deserve a fair settlement for their serious injuries. Being involved in such a devastating accident leaves victims in shock, and they rarely realize when an insurance adjuster is trying to diminish the worth of their accident claim.

What can you do about it? We know you don’t want to hear, “get an attorney,” but I’ll tell you several reasons why you may want to start thinking about getting one to help you:

  • Semi-truck Rules and Regulations: Unlike every-day car accidents, if a semi-truck is involved in an accident, it is possible the driver might have been driving too long (against the regulated hours of operation), or perhaps the truck wasn’t been maintained properly and it caused the truck to be faulty, or a camera may reveal that the driver was distracted or sleeping. Whatever the reason, an experienced Georgia attorney will have the resources to obtain this necessary evidence in proving that you are not at-fault.
  • Extra Warning –  This is NOT Your Typical Insurance Claim: This is not your typical person-to-person insurance battle. Without an attorney, you’d be fighting upstream against lawyers that are protecting the trucking company itself. Big companies tend to need more insurance, especially when semi-trucks are involved, and there might be high insurance limits. However, those adjusters are going to work even harder to try and not give you a fair settlement. It’s not their job to help your family, it’s their job to save their company money.
  • #1 Secret They Don’t Want You to Know! – The other insurance company is going to ask you for a recorded statement. They are going to push for it. They might even threaten you for it, but the #1 secret we tell people is: you don’t have to give a recorded statement! You certainly shouldn’t consider giving a statement without an attorney guiding you. The famous phrase applies, what you say can be used against you in a court of law. The smallest detail caught on record could be disastrous for your case.
  • The Truth About Settling Your Semi-truck Accident Case Too Early – Semi-truck accidents tend to cause very serious injuries, so it’s going to take time for you to heal. Your doctor may even find that your injuries are more serious than he or she first thought. The trouble is, the insurance company will try and make you settle your case early. WARNING! This is a trick! If you don’t even know the extent of your injuries, how can the insurance company possibly determine how much your case is worth? The truth is, they can’t! The insurance company will throw “seemingly” impressive settlement numbers your way, or you might even get a check in the mail, and you’ll be tempted to cash it, but DON’T! Talk to an attorney first. You may find that your case is worth MUCH more than the insurance company wants to offer you for your case. Until you know the FULL EXTENT of your injuries, don’t settle, and don’t sign anything.

SUM IT ALL UP – Don’t allow the insurance company to low-ball you an unfair settlement, or talk you into forgoing important medical treatment. Just give Murphy Law Firm a call, and set up a free consultation with Attorney James Murphy.

Common Injuries Associated with Semi-truck Accidents:

  • Back and Neck – these injuries can range from minor, to more serious issues like a slipped disc in the vertebrae. These injuries often prevent people from returning to work and functioning throughout regular daily activity due to the pain they suffer in their neck and spine.
  • Broken Bones – The size of trucks make the impact more powerful, which can cause bones to break more easily.
  • Head Injuries (Traumatic brain injury) – Trauma to the head can be life-altering. These injuries do not always occur due to direct impact but, at times, may be a side effect of rapid acceleration or deceleration, blunt force, or whiplash. These injuries are not always immediately apparent, and a head injury does not always indicate unconsciousness. Symptoms of a head injury may include headaches, nausea, confusion, vision problems, and cognitive difficulties.
  • Internal Injuries – Powerful trauma that occurs during semi truck accidents can cause internal bleeding. These injuries are typically not apparent and are very hard to treat. It is important that you get checked out immediately after a serious Georgia semi-truck accident.
  • Lacerations – Cuts and lacerations that occur can be very painful and cause scarring.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis – Injuries to the spinal cord are not always apparent during the initial impact. MRIs are more successful at finding these injuries than x-rays.
  • Wrongful Death – A sobering fact is that semi-truck accidents are 10x more likely to result in death than the average vehicle crash. Every year, there are about 4,000 deaths that are a direct result of a semi-truck accident. When a semi-truck kills a loved one, an experienced accident attorney will be able to help you hold the at-fault driver’s company. Although we can never replace what you have lost, we will fight for you to get the compensation to help your family try to move forward.

How to Stay Safe and Avoid Semi-truck Accidents:

  • Always stay visible – the blind spot on a semi-truck is much larger than that of an average vehicle. These trucks do not have rear view mirrors, and in most circumstances, it is very difficult for the driver to see other cars. Always avoid passing a truck on the right. Pay attention to turn signals because the truck driver may not see you and begin turning into your lane. Do not rely on your horn; it is best to slow down and allow the truck to pass for safety reasons. Also note, if you cannot see the driver in the mirror, they likely cannot see you.
  • Pay attention and treat large semi-trucks differently – the size of the truck can often cause the driver to turn and break differently than your average vehicle. It is important to keep a safe distance for visual and braking purposes.
  • Be aware of road conditions – Weather can cause issues for any driver, but for semi-truck drivers, the issues can be more strenuous. High winds can cause the driver to merge into lanes unexpectedly and wet roads can cause other issues such as hydroplaning. It is best to always drive with caution during bad weather and to always stay vigilant to try and prevent an accident.
  • Do not participate in road rage – Some drivers may be impatient and will tailgate. Do not decelerate quickly as this can cause an accident. It is best to move over whenever it is safe. Patience is key. Although it can be frustrating to be tailgated or to be stuck behind a very slow driver, it is best to be patient and wait until it is clear to pass. Doing so can save your life.

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