Athens Truck Accident Lawyer

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Accidents involving commercial vehicles have surged in the last two decades, with injurious truck accidents happening every sixteen minutes. When seeking justice in such cases, time is of the essence and may slip away if you wait too long to seek representation.

Companies associated with these truck drivers may try to lowball victims out of proper settlements by approaching them or their family right after the incident, when they are most vulnerable and apt to make ill-informed decisions.

Scholle Law has recovered millions in compensation for victims of truck accidents. Our experienced attorneys will assess your injuries, visit the accident site, and talk to those who witnessed the collision to ensure all possible evidence is gathered.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, you have legal rights. The attorneys at Scholle Law are here to help you take on the trucking company to get the full compensation you deserve. Give us a call at (866) 592-1296 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with an Athens truck accident lawyer today.

What Damages Can I Collect After a Truck Accident?

Economic damages

Economic damages are the losses you have suffered which cost you a provable amount of money. Economic damages include losses like medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, property damage, and other monetary damages.  

The biggest category of economic damages is usually medical expenses. These expenses include:

  • Ambulance services
  • Hospital facilities
  • Emergency department physicians
  • Radiologists
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Orthopedists
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery centers
  • Surgical neuro-monitoring
  • MRIs
  • Medication and equipment
  • Diagnostic studies

Non-economic damages

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Non-economic damages are losses suffered which are not easily quantifiable in financial terms. Non-economic damages include losses like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium. 

Changes to a person’s life as a result of the accident, such as not being able to participate in their favorite recreational activities or never being able to sleep through the night, are not “monetary” losses but still warrant compensation. These damages also include disfigurement, disability, and other lifelong issues.

Punitive damages

Punitive damages are a type of damages that can be awarded by a jury or court when certain types of aggravating factors have been proven, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These damages are not meant to compensate a victim, but rather to punish a wrongdoer for especially egregious behavior. The standards of proving punitive damages is high; as such, they are not regularly awarded.

Who Can Be Sued in an Athens Truck Accident Case?

As with all auto accident cases, you may be able to sue to recover damages after a truck accident. The difference with truck or 18-wheeler crashes is that there are more options in who you can sue. Determining which party you should sue will depend on the individual circumstances surrounding your case, such as how the collision happened, who the truck driver works for, or if they are an independent contractor.

A majority of truck accident lawsuits in Athens involve the following defendants:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • The owner of the truck
  • The manufacturer of a truck or truck part
  • A third-party maintenance company

In some cases, you may even be able to sue multiple parties for your damages. This is why it is best to consult an accident lawyer who successfully handles commercial vehicle accident cases.

 

Speak to an Athens Truck Accident Lawyer Today

When semi trucks drive through Athens, they have to contend with narrow roads clogged with other drivers and pedestrians. While drivers do all they can to avoid accidents, it sometimes is not enough. When semi truck accidents happen, they can result in catastrophic injuries, resulting in permanent complications and, in some cases, death.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, you have legal rights. The attorneys at Scholle Law are here to help you take on the trucking company or other responsible party to get the full compensation you deserve. Give us a call at (866) 592-1296 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with an Athens truck accident lawyer today.