Large tractor trailers are responsible for a disproportionate share of major highway crashes in our region.
According to data from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, approximately 12 percent of all fatal accidents in the state involve a semi-truck — even though large trucks make up a much smaller share of total traffic volume.
Following a crash, truck accident victims and their family members deserve a full and fair financial settlement. You may want to know: How much is the average truck accident settlement in Georgia?
Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to that question. Every truck accident settlement will be based on the individual circumstances surrounding the case. Below, our Athens, GA semi-truck accident attorneys highlight key factors that may affect the value of your truck accident settlement.
Three Factors that Can Impact the Value of Your Truck Accident Settlement
1. Ability to Prove Liability
In Georgia, truck accident claims are based on fault. To get a settlement from the trucking company’s insurer, you must be able to prove liability. Indeed, the first step to obtaining a semi-truck accident settlement is building a strong case that clearly establishes the trucking company’s responsibility for the crash.
In many cases, insurance companies try to push some of the liability for the crash onto other parties — even back to the injured victim. Notably, Georgia is a comparative negligence state.
As described by the Cornell Legal Information Institute, comparative negligence is a tort rule that is used to allocate damages in cases where multiple parties share fault. If you are found partially liable for your own crash, it will reduce your settlement.
2. Value of Damages
In addition to proving liability, injured victims must also prove the value of their losses. For the most part, a truck accident settlement is meant to be compensatory in nature. In other words, your settlement offer should fully and fairly compensate you for the actual damages you suffered in the crash. Specifically, compensation may be available for:
- Emergency room care
- Hospital/medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- Rehabilitative treatment
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Scarring or disfiguring injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
3. Strong Representation and Effective Negotiation
Finally, the value of your semi-truck accident settlement will depend, in large part, on your ability to effectively negotiate with the insurance company. Insurers are aggressive; they will try to settle your claim for the lowest amount they can get away with.
Even if your claim is worth $150,000 in theory, it may be difficult to get the insurance company to offer that much as a settlement. Therefore, you need a skilled Georgia truck accident attorney on your side. We have proven experience recovering financial compensation from insurance companies.
Our Truck Accident Case Results
- $2,750,000 Tractor-Trailer Accident: Death of a driver whose car was crushed by a piece of equipment that fell from a flat-bed truck trailer.
- $2,250,000 Tractor-Trailer Accident: Death of an 8-year-old boy when a truck crossed the centerline and hit a van head-on.
- $1,700,000 Tractor-Trailer Accident: A commercial box truck owned and operated by a tire company collided with a minivan causing serious injuries to two people.
Speak to our Georgia Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers Today
At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., our Georgia commercial truck accident attorneys have the skills and experience to help maximize your settlement offer.
To get a free review of your case, please do not hesitate to contact our legal team today. From our office locations in Athens, Greensboro, and Atlanta, we handle semi-truck accident claims throughout the North Georgia region.