Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyers Atlanta: Protecting Your Rights

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Securing Compensation and Justice After Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Commercial vehicle accidents involving semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, buses, and other large vehicles are unfortunately common in the bustling city of Atlanta. These accidents can be devastating and often lead to serious injuries, disability, or death.

In the aftermath of such accidents, the victims and their families may be left with expensive medical expenses and other costs due to the accident. Fortunately, Georgia law allows accident victims to recover financial compensation or damages from the person responsible for their accident or the person’s insurance company. However, enforcing this right could be difficult, especially when commercial motor vehicles are involved.

Commercial motor vehicle companies and their insurers have the resources to fight accident claims to avoid paying the accident victims what they should. If you or your loved one has been involved in a commercial motor accident, taking on them alone could leave you with a settlement that’s far less than you deserve. That’s why it’s important to seek legal guidance from commercial motor vehicle accident lawyers who can represent you and ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible.

At the Dressie Law Firm, our commercial vehicle accident lawyers are skilled in navigating Georgia’s personal injury law to ensure that accident victims receive the financial restitution they deserve for their suffering and losses. Our efficiency and solid track record in personal injury cases speak for us, so you can trust us to advocate for you and guide you through this difficult time.

Read on as we explain the basics of commercial vehicle accident claims and share specific ways we can help steer you toward a positive outcome.

    Understanding Commercial Vehicle Accidents

    A commercial motor vehicle under Georgia law is defined as any motor vehicle that is used in intrastate or interstate commerce (or both) to transport passengers or property when the vehicle:

    • Has a gross vehicle weight rating (the maximum amount of weight that the vehicle can handle safely), gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight, or gross combination weight of 4,536 kg (10,001 lbs.) or more;
    • Is designed or used to transport more than eight passengers ( the driver inclusive) in exchange for money
    •  Is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers ( the driver inclusive) and is not used to transport passengers for money or
    • Is used to transport certain hazardous materials determined to be hazardous by the Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation. 

    This definition covers most large trucks and buses used in the trucking industry. By nature, these vehicles can cause severe injuries or death when they are involved in road accidents. The victims who survive may be unable to work, walk, or care for their families. Obtaining fair compensation in such cases may be critical for the future of all those affected.

    A fair settlement should cover;

    • Medical expenses
    • Lost wages
    • The victim’s pain and suffering
    • Future medical care for cases involving term disability
    • Any other expense incurred as a result of the accident

    However, the compensation process is rarely straightforward, hence the need for solid legal guidance and representation throughout.

    Legal Considerations in Commercial Vehicle Accident Claims: Identifying the Liable Party

    When seeking compensation for injuries sustained in commercial vehicle accidents or Cycling Accidents Involving Commercial Vehicles, the first thing to do is to identify the party who is legally and financially responsible (liable) for the accident.

    In car accidents involving regular passenger vehicles, this doesn’t pose too much of a problem. However, identifying the financially responsible party could be difficult in commercial vehicle accident cases where the driver is not usually the vehicle’s owner, considering the federal and state regulations on Commercial Vehicle Maintenance and Inspections.

    Additionally, commercial motor vehicle accidents often involve multiple vehicles. Determining which vehicle caused the accident may be difficult.

    A commercial motor vehicle accident lawyer is invaluable in such circumstances. They can assess the case and, from the evidence, unravel the complicated situation to help you clarify the liable individuals so you’ll know where to channel your compensation recovery efforts.

    A Summary of the Commercial Vehicle Accident Claims Process

     If you’ve been involved in an Atlanta truck accident, it’s essential to understand the complex legal process that follows.

    Commercial vehicle and truck accident claims are typically resolved through the insurance claims process. Once you identify the liable party, you’ll need to file an insurance claim with their auto insurance company following their unique claims process.

    The company will investigate your claim and, ideally, should pay you what your claim is worth once the investigation ends. But in reality, many insurers will try to deny or downplay your claim so they can pay you less than you deserve.

    If that happens, you can try to negotiate better terms or file a personal injury lawsuit. However, insurance companies and big trucking companies usually have dedicated legal teams to help them minimize their financial liability and ensure that they pay people like you the least amount possible. This puts you at a considerable disadvantage unless you’re able to even your odds with a skilled legal team of your own.

    Why You Need a Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer

    When you are involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, the stakes are high. Handling the compensation process on your own is inadvisable for several reasons, including the following.

    Legal Complexities: Commercial vehicle and truck accidents are complex. Identifying the liable party from among the possible options, including the truck driver and the trucking company that owns the vehicle, could be difficult.

    In many cases, it’s not just about dealing with an individual. The victims will be confronting large corporations with their teams of attorneys. Having a lawyer by your side at every step would allow you to navigate the intricacies of your case confidently, knowing that your rights will be protected throughout, regardless of who’s on the other side.

    Maximizing Compensation: In a personal injury claim, the goal is not just to get any amount from the other party but a fair compensation amount that covers your damages and losses, including present and future medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, and long-term care expenses. Your lawyer can help you quantify your losses and fight to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve so you can focus on healing.

    Personalized Legal Service: Every commercial vehicle accident claim is unique and comes with its challenges. You need a lawyer who can respond to such challenges as they arise and offer tailored legal guidance to ensure a positive outcome for you.

    How We Can Help at Dressie Law Firm 

    At the Dressie Law Firm, we are committed to representing personal injury victims in Atlanta. We know the difficulties of getting compensation after an accident involving a truck or any other commercial vehicle and are prepared to defend your rights aggressively to ensure you get the maximum compensation possible.

    We are also familiar with the tactics used by insurance companies to avoid or minimize compensation in cases like yours. With our experience, you can trust us to anticipate those strategies and take steps to tackle them even before they occur.

    We offer our clients in similar positions;

    • Solid legal advice to help them make informed choices throughout their cases
    • Representation during settlement negotiations 
    • Courtroom representation and advocacy if their case has to go to trial
    • Comprehensive legal assistance and support to reduce their burden while they focus on their recovery.

    Our legal proficiency and dedication to our clients make a significant difference in the outcomes of the commercial vehicle accident cases we handle. We’d be glad to have the opportunity to do the same for you.

    Why Choose Us:

    • Personalized Care: We listen to your story and tailor our approach to suit your needs, ensuring you receive the full attention you deserve.
    • Experienced Perspectives: Over the years, we’ve honed our skills and knowledge in different aspects of personal injury law, making us well-equipped and prepared to fight effectively for your rights and help you secure the maximum compensation possible.

    Reach out to us to schedule your free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case and the potential paths to success.

    Contact Us Today 

    Commercial motor vehicle accident claims can be complex to navigate. If you’ve been in such an accident, having a professional team to assist you as you strive to get justice can make a difference in the outcome of your claim and your recovery.

    The Dressie Law Firm is committed to your cause and is prepared to stand by you and fight for your rights in this difficult time. We also have a helpful resource on commercial drivers’ responsibilities to help you understand when a commercial vehicle driver could be held liable for an accident.

    So, no matter where you are in your case or how difficult things may seem, do not hesitate to contact us. Let’s work toward the outcome and compensation you deserve together.

    The Dressie Law Firm Can Help You

    If you or a loved one is a victim of a reckless or negligent driver, we want you to know that the law is on your side and so is the Dressie Law Firm.

    Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!