Were you or a loved one injured in a truck wreck? Check out these 3 truck accident questions that we are commonly asked, then call our Augusta office now.
1. How do I select the best Augusta attorney for my truck accident case?
I met with a nice couple from Waynesboro, Georgia last week who were involved in a bad commercial trucking accident case. The wreck happened on Highway 25 going into Waynesboro, Georgia. The couple asked me how to pick the best commercial trucking accident attorney. If you’re reading this, you may have the same question.
The first thing I told the couple was to look at the lawyer’s experience. Is the lawyer’s practice devoted to automobile and trucking cases; is that the core focus of their practice? How long has the lawyer been practicing? Do other lawyers refer him cases? What is the lawyer’s game plan for the case? What is the lawyer’s time frame for the case? Does the lawyer have resources to hire trucking experts, trucking accident reconstruction experts? Is the lawyer experienced in the federal safety rules involving trucks? Is that lawyer a trial lawyer? Does the lawyer have experience with the different trucking insurance companies?
The last thing I told this couple was to look at the lawyer’s online reviews. What do past clients say about the lawyer? Has the lawyer handled trucking cases for the clients? Look at the Google reviews of past clients. Look at Avvo ratings. Look at the Facebook ratings and see whether the lawyer has gotten good results for those clients. Lastly, there are lawyer-to-lawyer reviews, where lawyers rate other lawyers – Super Lawyer, Best Lawyer and 100 High Stakes Litigators.
In summary, look at a lawyer’s experience and look at their online reviews. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call. We’d be happy to help.
2. How does a truck accident claim differ from a car accident claim?
I met with a woman yesterday who was involved in a bad commercial trucking case on I-20. I explained to the lady that commercial trucking cases are a lot different than automobile collision cases. If you’re reading this, you may have the same question. The main difference between a commercial trucking accident and an automobile accident case are federal and state rules regarding the safety of trucks.
Trucks are so large, they’re hard to stop. The federal government has introduced regulations to make the truck safer. Truck accident victims need to hire a lawyer who’s experienced in trucking accident cases, knows the federal rules and regulations governing trucks, and knows about safety data recorders and cameras on these trucks that should record the driver’s actions and record the collision itself.
Truck accident lawyers also have access to expert witnesses who can get to the scene as soon as possible to record all this data. Truck accident lawyers are trial lawyers who have experience in presenting these cases to juries and will get the insurance company’s attention and let them know they mean business.
If you’ve been injured by a truck accident and have any questions, please feel free to give us a call. We would love to help.
3. Should I speak to an insurance company after a truck accident?
I spoke to a nice lady on the telephone recently whose husband was involved in a bad truck accident. The insurance company from the truck accident had come to the family’s home and wanted to take a recorded statement. She asked me if they should give a recorded statement. If you’re reading this, you may have the same question. I’ll tell you what I told that lady. Do not give a recorded statement to an insurance company for a trucking company until you’ve consulted with a trial attorney whose core practice is trucking and automobile accident cases. These trucking companies have accident reconstruction teams that get to the scene immediately after a wreck and try to take statements from all the witnesses, and they try to shade the statements in favor of the trucking company.
These insurance companies’ main goal in these cases is to pay the least amount of money possible, and they try to get clients to make statements that will hurt their case down the line. I invited the lady to come in and meet with me, and I am now representing them. If you have any questions about your trucking case, please feel free to give us a call. We’d be happy to help.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a commercial vehicle wreck and have questions?
After reading these 3 truck accident questions, contact the experienced Augusta truck accident lawyers at Nimmons Malchow Johnson, today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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