The average driver can suffer devastating injuries if they are hit by a commercial semi truck. These injuries can include paralysis, permanent disability, and even wrongful death. Additional hardships can include extensive medical bills, the need for ongoing care, and the loss of income. Bringing a claim against the owner or operator of a commercial vehicle can be complicated as such cases may involve multiple defendants. These are just some of the reasons why you need an experienced personal injury attorney to assist you. Richard summers is an Atlanta truck accident lawyer who has been practicing law since 1978. Richard prides himself on providing a high level of service and is prepared to assist you against the largest of defendants. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We handle matters throughout the state of Georgia.
Personal injury attorneys assisting Atlanta residents in commercial trucking accident cases
Commercial trucking accident cases may involve multiple defendants. First, the driver of the truck will be responsible for their negligent acts. Employers are also responsible for the acts of their employees. This means that the truck’s owner (whether an individual or a corporation) may be held liable for the driver’s negligence as well as for negligent hiring and/or supervision. Other parties may also potentially be named as defendants. It is important to understand that a defendant must generally be named in a lawsuit within two years of the accident. A failure to meet this time requirement can result in a victim losing their right to bring an action against a given defendant.
A trucking accident case will begin with the Plaintiff’s counsel identifying each of the possible defendants. Once the defendants have been identified then counsel will contact their insurance carriers and deal with them directly. If a settlement cannot be reached then a lawsuit will be filed with the Superior Court. Discovery (the process by which information is gained from the other side in a lawsuit) will be used to obtain the driver’s employment file, driving history logs, the trucking company’s written procedures, agreements with shippers, etc. Should a trial be necessary then the jurors will decide whether the driver was negligent, whether the truck’s owner was negligent in their hiring and supervision of the driver, and whether other third-parties should face liability. The jurors will also decide the amount of a victim’s damages. Litigating such cases involves many complicated legal issues. It is crucial that you retain an experienced lawyer to assist you.
Richard Summers is an Atlanta personal injury attorney assisting those who have been injured by a semi-truck. Prior to your initial consultation, Richard will conduct research into the identities of parties who may have been partially responsible for the accident. He will then deal with them directly so that you may focus on regaining your health. Richard will not hesitate to file a lawsuit on your behalf if necessary. Our firm will conduct all necessary discovery and, if necessary, retain expert witnesses. Such experts will offer opinions as to the extent of your injuries, whether the trucking company’s business practices were up to industry standard, and whether the company could have done more to protect people from harm. Richard is an experienced trial advocate who will fully present your case to the jury. We understand that this is an important time in your life and we will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us today.
Our firm serves residents of Atlanta and its greater metro area. This includes 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.
Atlanta trucking accident attorney providing quality service to victims
If you have been involved in a trucking accident then you have enough to worry about. Being able to reach your attorney should not be another cause for concern. This is why Richard makes lawyer-client communication a priority. He regularly provides clients with his cell phone number, he promptly returns phone calls, and he makes himself available to answer any questions you may have. Our firm will copy you on all correspondence, ensure that you receive copies of all court documents, and make sure that you are up to date as to the status of your case. We are honored to serve the Atlanta area and we promise this high level of service in each and every case we handle.