How Much is My Truck Accident Case Worth?
Accidents involving large commercial trucks like tractor-trailers and tanker trucks are unfortunately common. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 1 that there were some 111,000 people injured in accidents involving large trucks in 2014 alone.
If you have been hurt in a wreck with a truck, it is only natural to wonder how much compensation you may be able to recover. While it is impossible to give anyone an estimate about how much their case is worth without conducting a thorough analysis of their case, here are some factors that are relevant to the amount your case may be worth.
Was There Negligence?
If your case was not caused by someone else’s negligence, it may not be worth anything. In order to recover compensation under Georgia law, accident victims must be able to show that their accident was caused by another person’s failure to exercise due care (negligence). So, if your accident was caused by an unforeseeable and unavoidable incident, you may not be able to recover compensation.
There Severity of Your Injuries
Personal injury cases that arise from truck accidents compensate victims for both economic losses like medical expenses, lost income, and property damage, as well as non-economic damages such as physical and emotional pain and suffering. The seriousness and nature of your injuries will have a direct bearing on the amount of these losses and, as a result, the compensation you will ultimately receive.
Were You Also Negligent?
If your own negligence contributed to your accident, it may reduce the amount of compensation you receive. Under Georgia’s 2 law, a plaintiff’s recovery will be reduced by his or her percentage of fault, so long as he or she is less than 50 percent at fault. If the plaintiff is 50 percent or more at fault, he or she cannot recover at all.
Truck accidents can leave victims with astronomical medical expenses and injuries that can have a significant impact on the rest of their lives. For this reason, it is critical that you get the maximum level of compensation you can after a crash with a commercial vehicle. For a free consultation with one of our Atlanta truck accident lawyer, call our office today at 770-744-0890 or send us an email through our .