Jonesboro Truck Accident Lawyer
Residents and drivers in Jonesboro are at high risk of being involved in truck-related accidents due to the many major highways, interstates, and routes that run through Clayton County’s infrastructure. Truck accidents can lead to severe (and even fatal) injuries. These injuries may include swelling and bleeding of the brain, bone fractures, pelvic and spinal injuries, internal bleeding, or death.
In 2019, there were more than 500,000 reported semi truck wrecks across the country, resulting in nearly 4,500 fatalities. In Clayton County, there were 16 truck accident fatalities in Clayton County reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration between 2016 and 2020.
If you were injured in a collision with an 18-wheeler, time is of the essence. The trucking company and their insurance provider will quickly get to the scene to gather evidence and concoct their own story about what happened. Their version of the incident will likely minimize or completely deny their own liability.
At Scholle Law, our attorneys know these tactics all too well. For over 25 years, we have taken on trucking companies and their insurers to fight for the compensation our clients deserve. If you have suffered injuries from a wreck with a tractor trailer, call us at (866) 592-1296 or contact us online today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Jonesboro truck accident lawyer.
What Compensation Can Be Awarded After a Truck Accident?
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 room visits
- Physical therapy
- Surgery centers
- Diagnostic studies
Non-economic damages are losses suffered which are not easily quantifiable in financial terms. These 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. Non-economic damages also cover disfigurement, dismemberment, scarring, and other life-altering consequences of the wreck.
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 and to deter similar behavior in the future.
Who Can Be Sued for a Truck Accident?
As with all auto accident cases, you have the right to sue to recover damages after a truck accident that was caused by someone else. 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 the cause of the wreck, who the truck driver works for, or if they are an independent contractor.
A majority of truck accident lawsuits in Jonesboro and the metro Atlanta area 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 instances, you may even be able to sue multiple parties for your damages. While this can mean greater compensation for injury victims, it also makes the lawsuit much more complicated. That is why it is so important to hire a lawyer who has a history of success in truck accident cases.
Speak to a Jonesboro Truck Accident Attorney Today
Clayton County is located along major truck routes, and drivers constantly have to deal with them on highways, freeways, and surface streets. Driving around 18-wheelers is nerve-wracking for even the most seasoned drivers, especially during bad weather. If a wreck does occur, the risk of catastrophic and even fatal injuries is many times higher than in typical car crashes.
For over 25 years, the attorneys at Scholle Law have taken on trucking companies and their insurers to fight for the compensation our clients deserve. If you have suffered injuries from a wreck with a tractor trailer, call us at (866) 592-1296 or contact us online today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Jonesboro truck accident lawyer.