MANAGING ATTORNEY HARRY BROWN JR. DC, JD
As both a Doctor and Lawyer, Harry Brown developed his Lawrenceville, Georgia Personal Injury Practice with a vision of compassion for the individual and a dedicated heart to fight for justice.
"I’m one of the few attorneys who is also a medical practitioner, so I know how to work with other attorneys, healthcare providers, and insurance companies to get the best possible outcome for my clients."
HARRY BROWN JR., DC, JD
If you are involved in an accident with a semi-truck, if you are physically able to do so, there are some steps that you should take that can help get you through the experience as smoothly as possible.
First, call the police. Contacting the authorities is important to ensure that everyone who needs medical treatment gets it. The authorities will also help with formally documenting the accident in case you file a lawsuit.
Usually, truck accidents cause more severe injuries, leading to larger settlement amounts. Getting an accurate police report from the authorities acts as a crucial piece of evidence to prove fault in your accident and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Second, gather evidence. If you can, you should gather as much evidence from the scene of the accident as possible. The important pieces of evidence you should try and get include:
By gathering relevant evidence, you strengthen the potential lawsuit you may have, potentially leading to a larger financial settlement.
Third, contact a personal injury attorney. Semi-truck accident injury cases can become incredibly complex due to the severity of injuries and the number of parties held responsible. Speaking with an attorney early on can prevent you from making any mistakes that could negatively impact your case, ensure your legal rights are protected, and increase the value of your settlement.
An important part of determining negligence is finding who is at fault, but you must first examine the cause of the accident. Common causes of trucking accidents include:
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the most commonly cited cause of truck accidents is due to truck driver error. Drivers of large trucks are ten times more likely to cause trucking accidents than other factors, such as weather, road conditions, and vehicle performance. The FMCSA study also examined factors that cause truck drivers to make errors such as the use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, speeding, fatigue, inattention, distractions, work environment, and unfamiliarity of the road.
If you are involved in a truck accident, the type of attorney you can hire to represent you is called a personal injury attorney. These attorneys specialize in helping the victims of accidents caused by someone else's negligence get financial compensation.
Thankfully, these attorneys work on what is called a contingency fee basis. Working on contingency means you, the client, do not pay any legal fees upfront, and your attorneys only collect a fee in the form of a small percentage of your final settlement.
Truck drivers and trucking companies have more strict guidelines that they must follow when operating their vehicles. These guidelines are written out in both federal and state-level mandates. If a truck driver or trucking company violates any of these guidelines, they can be fined or lose their license.
Some of the different concepts that are covered in these guidelines include:
If it is determined that the company or driver violated any of these laws, it can mean a larger settlement when it comes to your accident injury case.
If an insurance company contacts you after your accident, DO NOT SAY ANYTHING to them until after you have spoken with a truck accident attorney. An insurance company's goal is to minimize the amount they have to pay out in a settlement due to an accident.
Anything that you say to them over the phone regarding your accident can be used to argue that they should not have to pay the amount of compensation you deserve.
An experienced Georgia truck accident attorney will inform you of exactly what you can and cannot say to the insurance company, or they may deal with them directly. Following their instruction is vital to protecting the value of your case.
Although the sooner you act, the better off you will be, just because you made the mistake of waiting to act after an accident does not mean that all is lost.
States have a statute of limitations that provides a timeframe for which a legal claim must be filed after an accident.
In Georgia, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident. However, even though you are given a two-year window for which to act, cases are usually stronger and have larger settlements awarded the sooner they are filed.
Usually, you will not need to go to trial during your truck accident lawsuit.
Most of the time, a settlement will be reached between your attorney and the at-fault party's insurance company.
However, your Lawrenceville, GA attorney will discuss the best option for you to receive the largest settlement possible, and occasionally that can mean going to trial.
"I met Harry Brown personally and he sat with me for 20 minutes on initial consult to explain everything.
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