This is the first post in a series which will discuss the handling of commercial truck accidents in Atlanta, Georgia. I feel it is necessary to write on this topic as, for obvious reasons, most people do not know what steps to take after they or a loved one were hit by a semi. The goal of coming articles is to provide information which will help people to better understand their situation. It is also my goal to provide information which will help people to make an informed decision when they are selecting a personal injury attorney. If you require assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I will be addressing several topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:
- Identifying the potential defendants in a trucking accident case
- How Georgia’s comparative fault laws impact such matters
- The need for discovery in these types of cases
- The role of experts in cases involving commercial defendants
- What to expect at trial
These are important topics to address for several reasons. First, unlike conventional car accidents, commercial trucking accidents can involve multiple defendants. This is due to the fact that, quite often, the driver of the semi was not the owner of the vehicle. Second, our state’s comparative fault laws may allow a victim to recover damages even if they were partially at fault for the accident. Third, discovery is crucial to establishing each defendant’s liability; contrary to what is often portrayed in the media, trials are not won with “surprise” evidence that is uncovered at the last minute. Fourth, expert witnesses can be crucial to establishing whether the truck’s owner and driver were following accepted industry standards. Finally, knowing what to expect from the trial process is important to ensuring that things go smoothly.
One point I cannot stress enough is that you should contact an experienced attorney immediately if you or a loved one have been involved in such a wreck. You may be dealing with large corporate defendants who will devote substantial resources to their legal defense. By retaining counsel sooner, rather than later, you help to ensure that your rights remain protected. My office is able to assist in such matters and we pride ourselves on providing the highest level of service. Contact us today to speaking with an Atlanta trucking accident lawyer. We also serve areas including the Fulton County cities of Sandy Springs, Roswell, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Milton, and East Point, the DeKalb County cities of Dunwoody, Decatur, Brookhaven, Redan, and, the Cobb County cities of Marietta, Smyrna, Mableton, and Kennesaw, the Fayette County cities of Fayetteville and Peachtree, the Hall County city of Gainesville, as well as other areas throughout the state of Georgia.