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What Legal Options Do Truck Drivers Have After an Accident?

Atlanta is a major city and commerce hub, and, every day, thousands of truckers pass through on freeways, highways, and city streets. Unfortunately, Atlanta has a reputation of roads that are especially dangerous for truck drivers. Drivers spend long days and weeks on the roads, which can increase the potential that they will experience fatigue and distractions. Tight deadlines, combined with fatigue, lead to an increased risk of catastrophic accidents.

Many truck accidents have catastrophic results. The injured trucker may be unable to work for a significant amount of time. Some of the common injuries that can occur in commercial trucking accidents include back and neck injuries, brain injuries, amputations, spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding, and even death. Many of these injuries are permanent, costing tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical treatment.

If you are a truck driver and you are involved in a serious accident, you may be entitled to compensation. In most cases, commercial truck drivers are covered by workers’ compensation, even if they are at fault for the accident. Workers’ compensation pays for ongoing medical care, vocational training, and more if the trucker is unable to return to their job after the accident.

If the truck accident was caused by the negligent actions of a third party, such as another driver, the injured trucker can also file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. The lawsuit can ask for that individual to pay any damages not already covered by workers’ compensation. This could include compensation for pain and suffering, lost income, and more. Also, if a truck driver was killed in a crash, the family of the trucker may be entitled to pursue benefits under workers’ compensation or file a lawsuit against the responsible party.

The Importance of Hiring Qualified Support

It’s critical that you hire an attorney if you are a trucker and have been injured in a crash. Your employer, as well as the insurance company for any other drivers, have attorneys on their side to help them avoid responsibility for the accident. It’s important that you have an advocate on your side as well.

An attorney can help you:

  • Investigate the accident;
  • Gather evidence;
  • Put together a strong case to present to the insurance company;
  • Enter into settlement negotiations; and
  • Take the case to trial.

Call Today for the Assistance You Need

If you have been injured in a trucking accident, our team at Holston & Huntley is here to help. We can provide you with a free consultation on your case, and you will pay us nothing unless we obtain a recovery for you.

Call or fill out our online contact form today. We look forward to putting our experience to work for your future.

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