Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of traffic accidents reported in the United States.
According to data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end collisions account for nearly 28 percent of all motor vehicle crashes.
While most rear-end collisions involve passenger cars, some also involve large commercial trucks.
Unfortunately, if an eighteen-wheeler rear ends your vehicle, it is likely to cause significant damage — and, potentially, serious injuries. In this article, our top-rated Athens semi truck accident lawyers provide an overview of the key factors that may impact the value of your rear-end truck accident settlement.
You Deserve Compensation for Your Damages
After being rear-ended by a semi-truck, motorists have a right to seek financial compensation for the complete value of their losses. The settlement will depend on your ability to prove that you suffered damages in the crash.
Damages must be documented. Among other things, truck accident victims in Georgia may be eligible to recover financial compensation for:
- Vehicle repairs and replacement
- Emergency room treatment
- Other healthcare expenses
- Lost current and future wages/income
- Pain and suffering
- Long-term disability or impairment
- Wrongful death of a family member
Plaintiffs Must Prove Liability
Under Georgia law (Ga. Code Ann. Sec. 51-12-33), parties will be held liable for their share of the blame for an accident. With rear-end collisions, it is typically presumed that the rear-end driver was at fault for the crash.
That being said, liability is not automatic. Even with a rear-end collision, proving liability still requires strong supporting evidence. In some cases, large trucking companies may try to shift part of the blame onto the injured victim.
As an example, a trucking company or its insurer may try to argue that you or your family member made an unreasonable or negligent stop or an unsafe maneuver.
Ultimately, all major motor vehicle accidents should be carefully investigated. Our Georgia truck accident lawyer will help you prove liability so you can maximize your settlement.
How to Deal with the Insurance Company
Your rear-end collision truck accident settlement will depend on your ability to deal with the insurance company. Trucking companies are represented by especially aggressive insurance companies.
Even when liability is indisputable, they will try to settle your claim for the lowest dollar value possible. Insurance adjusters have been carefully trained to use a wide range of different strategies and techniques to minimize settlement offers.
Injured victims should always deal with insurance company representatives directly through an experienced truck accident attorney.
Were You Rear-Ended by a Large Commercial
Truck in Georgia?
We can help. At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., our Georgia eighteen-wheeler accident lawyers are committed to helping clients maximize their financial settlement.
If you or your loved one was rear-ended by a semi-truck, please contact our legal team today for a free, no obligation consultation. From our law office locations in Athens, Greensboro, and Atlanta, we handle personal injury claims throughout the state of Georgia.