One question our Truck Accident Injury Attorneys often hear is, "how long will it take to settle my case?".
Being involved in a truck accident in Georgia often leaves victims with serious damages and losses which is why this question comes up so frequently.
Knowing when you will be compensated for what you have lost is important.
Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all answer to this question. The amount of time it takes to settle a truck accident lawsuit will vary case greatly by case. However, it can be said that they normally take longer to settle than a regular car accident lawsuit.
When you hire a truck accident injury attorney to handle your case this does not automatically mean your case will be settled more quickly.
It does mean however that the chances of you receiving the settlement amount that you deserve are far greater than if you try to handle the lawsuit alone.
Settling a truck accident injury lawsuit quickly can actually be to your disadvantage. Often times the insurance company will try to rush you into a quick settlement because it is always to their advantage and not yours. Quick settlements will almost always negatively impact your recovery from ongoing pain and medical treatment.
Some of the most common factors that contribute to the length of time it takes to settle your truck accident settlement include:
The Severity of the Accident
Being involved in a Truck Accident in Georgia can cause life-long injuries and damages due to the sheer size of the massive vehicles.
Semi-truck accidents are more likely to result in fatalities or significant damages to the passengers.
For these reasons, it is often the case that those who were injured have much higher medical bills, more extensive property damage, and more pain and suffering than a regular car crash.
The severity of the injuries and damages suffered will play a huge role in the amount of time it takes to settle your case. The more severe the injuries, the more medical treatment that will be required to get you back to optimal health.
Truck accidents are not like a car crash where it is always easy to determine who the at-fault-party of the accident is.
In a truck accident, there are a few possibilities when it comes to determining fault:
- Did the accident occur because of a negligent truck driver?
- Did the accident occur as a result of poor truck maintenance?
- Is the Trucking Company to blame for the accident?
- Is there more than one party to blame for the accident?
Proving liability in a truck accident case can be tricky and take time to sort out. This is an almost near impossible task to handle without the experienced help of a personal injury attorney.
A truck accident investigation requires a higher degree of sophistication than a typical car accident investigation.
During the investigation process of a truck crash, the investigator will be required to check
- maintenance of the air-brakes
- loading and shifting of cargo
- number of hours that the driver works for a given period
- examine driver credentials
- review police and accident reports
- determine if all traffic laws were obeyed
When the investigation process is completed, it is often required to get the testimony of any expert witnesses to the accident.
Even though this process will add time to the settlement of your case, it is a required process if you wish to obtain the compensation that you deserve.
The negotiation processes between your attorney and the legal representation of the trucking company will play a large role in the amount of time your case takes to settle.
A number of time negotiations take will largely depend on the following:
1. The Liability Findings: If it is determined that you are
2. Medical Treatment Summary: Depending on the severity of your injuries, there could be an extensive amount of medical documentation that will need to be gathered and then reviewed by the other parties insurance company.
3. Amount of Available Insurance: If the truck accident victim is left with life-altering injuries, or a wrongful death occurred, the time for negotiations may actually be minimized.
There are specific wrongful death laws that will dictate the amount of compensation that the victim or estate is entitled may be awarded. Often times if death does occur, the state will issue the amount that can be received.
If negotiations with the at fault parties insurance company are unsuccessful and an agreement cannot be met, your case will be taken to trail where it will be up to a judge or jury to determine the amount of compensation that you should receive.
Contact a Georgia Truck Accident Injury Attorney
If you were involved in a Truck Accident in Georgia, you will need the help of an experienced attorney to help you file your claim and receive the benefits that you deserve.
Although your case may not be settled as quickly as you would like, we do dedicate the necessary time and effort to ensure that you are awarded the maximum amount of compensation owed to you for your injuries, damages,
The Roth Firm Lawyers will keep you up-to-date every step of the way. We will make sure you know all of the details surrounding your case, and when we can, we will give you an accurate timeline regarding the settlement of your case.
We are available to answer any questions or concerns that may arise during this process. We always encourage open communication with all of our truck accident injury clients.
The Roth Firm has three locations in Georgia:
The faster you contact an attorney to assist with your case, the quicker your case can be settlement and money awarded for your suffering.
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