Commercial trucks are the largest vehicles on the road, in some cases weighing 20 to 40 times more than regular passenger vehicles. These enormous vehicles can cause significant damage when they crash into smaller vehicles, even during collisions involving low speeds. Federal crash data shows that 3,500 to 4,000 people are killed in truck accidents each year. Countless others suffer life-altering injuries.
Some truck accidents are caused by negligent commercial drivers. These are cases where you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries or loss. In these situations, it is important to act quickly by speaking with an attorney. You should never wait to hire an attorney after a truck accident because:
- Crucial evidence can disappear. Federal regulations require commercial trucking companies to retain certain types of evidence after accidents. Evidence might disappear if enough time passes. Hours of service logs, the truck’s black box and other important documentation can be crucial evidence for obtaining compensation. An attorney can take steps to preserve this evidence soon after your accident.
- A statute of limitations exists. You have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury claim after your truck accident. In many cases, there is a two-year statute of limitations for filing an injury claim in Georgia. There are a few exceptions, but you should assume that you only have two years after the date of the accident or discovery of an injury to file a claim.
- Your attorney can help you avoid mistakes. An attorney can help you avoid common “post-accident mistakes” that could jeopardize your injury claim. We covered several of these common mistakes on a blog post earlier this month. The mistakes mentioned in the blog may also apply to truck accident cases.
Why Do People Wait to Contact a Truck Accident Attorney?
Many people wait to contact an attorney because they mistakenly assume it costs money. McArthur Law Firm takes cases on a “contingency fee basis.” This means that you do not owe us fees unless we successfully recover compensation for your injury or loss.
In addition to contingency fees, our attorneys offer free initial consultations. It does not cost anything to speak with one of our attorneys if you have questions about filing a claim. You can reach us by calling 1-(888) 933-4448 or by describing your situation on our confidential case review form.