10 Things You Need to Know If You are Involved in a Trucking Accident in Atlanta

Trucking accidents account for over 500,000 accidents each year in the United States. 10% of these accidents result in fatalities while another 10% lead to serious injuries. Among these, 85% of the fatalities and 55% of the serious injuries are suffered by people in other vehicles, not the truck drivers.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, it is important to seek legal help as soon as possible. Trucking accidents can be complex and often result in serious injuries. The best way to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve is to work with a qualified trucking accident attorney. The Mabra Law Firm in Atlanta, GA is a leading trucking accident law firm in Atlanta, Georgia with a proven track record of success. Our team of experienced lawyers will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve.

Here are 10 things you need to know if you are involved in a trucking accident in Atlanta:

1. Seek medical attention immediately

Even if you don’t think you’re injured, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. Some injuries, such as whiplash, may not present themselves until days or weeks after the accident. A medical professional will be able to document your injuries and begin the process of treatment.

Focus on your health and well-being and let us worry about the legalities of your case.

2. Don’t state the trucking company’s insurance adjuster

The trucking company’s insurance adjuster may contact you after the accident and ask for a recorded statement. It’s important to know that anything you say can be used against you, so it’s best to decline this request and refer them to your attorney.

To say that you will "invoke the fifth" means that you refuse to answer any questions because you might incriminate yourself. And that is exactly what you should do if the trucking company's insurance adjuster contacts you after the accident. It is better to let your attorney handle all communication with the trucking company's insurance adjuster.

3. Gather evidence at the accident scene

If you’re able to, take photos of the accident scene, including any damage to your vehicle and the other vehicles involved. It’s also important to get the contact information of any witnesses who may have seen what happened.

Whether you can gather evidence at the accident scene or not, our team of investigators will work to get the evidence we need to build a strong case on your behalf.

4. Keep track of your medical expenses

Be sure to save all receipts, bills, and records related to your medical treatment, as this will be important evidence in your case. Make sure to keep track of any lost wages due to missed work as a result of your injuries. Do not sign any forms from the trucking company or their insurance adjuster that release them from financial responsibility. That said, be very careful of any forms you sign with your own insurance company as well, as some may contain language that releases the trucking company from responsibility.

5. Don’t give a recorded statement to your own insurance company

Your own insurance company may also request a recorded statement from you. As with the trucking company’s insurance adjuster, it’s best to refer them to your attorney.

It is well within your rights to have an attorney present during any questioning by your own insurance company. You are not required to answer any questions without an attorney present, so exercise your right to remain silent.

6. Don’t sign anything without consulting with an attorney

The trucking company’s insurance company may try to get you to sign a release in exchange for a quick settlement. It’s important not to sign anything without first consulting with an attorney, as you may be giving up your right to seek further compensation.

Consider any settlement offer from the trucking company's insurance company to be a low-ball offer. Our experienced attorneys will fight to get you the full and fair compensation you deserve.

7. Don’t post about the accident on social media

Anything you post on social media, such as Facebook or Twitter, can be used against you in your case. It’s best to avoid posting anything about the accident until your case is resolved.

Social media is very powerful but sometimes, the court of public opinion can be unfair. That is why it is best to avoid posting anything about your accident on social media. Let our experienced attorneys handle all communication regarding your case.

8. Be mindful of the statute of limitations

In Georgia, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you wait too long, you may be barred from recovering any compensation.

Don’t wait too long to seek legal help after a trucking accident. Our experienced attorneys will make sure your rights are protected and that you get the compensation you deserve.

9. Choose an experienced trucking accident attorney

Trucking accidents are complex, and it’s important to choose an experienced attorney who has a proven track record of success. The Mabra Law Firm has successfully represented many trucking accident victims in Atlanta, and we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

10. Contact The Mabra Law Firm today

Hiring the best trucking accident attorney, or better yet a team of lawyers should be one of your first steps after a trucking accident. Our team of experienced attorneys will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, contact The Mabra Law Firm today. We offer free consultations, and there is no obligation to hire us. We will review your case and advise you of your legal options.

Our team of lawyers has helped our clients receive the compensation they deserve for an injury related to an accident, covering their medical costs and their suffering. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact The Mabra Law Firm today!