Commercial trucks are essential parts of the supply chain in the United States, and drivers throughout South Georgia are accustomed to encountering these large vehicles as they drive through the Woodbine area. It’s important for all drivers to acknowledge the inherent risks these vehicles present and know what to do when a truck accident happens. While these incidents can occur for the same reasons that all other vehicle accidents happen in Woodbine, they typically result in far worse damages for those involved and can easily generate complex legal questions the average person cannot answer on their own.
Spohrer Dodd is an experienced legal team ready to provide the legal counsel you need for a personal injury case in Woodbine. Our firm has extensive professional experience helping clients throughout the southeastern part of the state with their recovery efforts following truck accidents and other commercial vehicle accidents in the area, and we are ready to put this experience to work for you.
Before the victim of a truck accident can recover any compensation for their damages, they must prove the exact cause of those damages and identify the party responsible for causing them. Truck accident cases are especially difficult compared to most other vehicle accidents, not only because they tend to cause far worse damage than most other accidents but also because of the fact that these incidents generate complex questions of liability. It’s possible for more than one party to bear fault for your damages, and an experienced Woodbine truck accident attorney can help identify each liable party in your case.
After identifying the party or parties responsible for causing your accident, you can file an auto insurance claim against them to seek compensation for your damages. Your Woodbine truck accident attorney can streamline this phase of your recovery efforts and help you secure as much compensation as possible through insurance. Once the at-fault party’s insurance is exhausted, the remaining damages can be claimed with a personal injury suit.
The state’s personal injury laws allow the plaintiff in a personal injury case to seek repayment of any economic losses they suffered, such as vehicle repair costs and medical bills not covered by insurance. The plaintiff also has the right to claim compensation for future medical bills, lost earning capacity, and the pain and suffering they experienced.
While the average truck accident victim may be able to account for immediately recognizable damages, they are likely to struggle when it comes to proving the full extent of future damages the defendant caused or determining appropriate pain and suffering compensation to include with their claim. Spohrer Dodd can help determine the full extent of damages you can seek from the party responsible for your accident and guide you through the recovery process as efficiently as possible.
A: In a no-fault state, drivers must file claims against their own auto insurance policies after experiencing accidents, regardless of who was at fault. Georgia is not a no-fault state, so proving liability for your recent truck accident is a vital first step toward recovering your damages. Your Woodbine truck accident attorney can be extremely helpful when it comes to gathering the evidence needed to firmly establish liability for your recent accident.
A: It is not legally required to hire an attorney to help file an auto insurance claim, but you can streamline this aspect of your recovery process with an attorney’s help. Your Woodbine truck accident attorney can help you submit your claim to the insurance carrier and address any disputes they raise against your claim. When you receive a settlement offer, your attorney can verify that it is fair and reasonable under the terms of the at-fault driver’s policy.
A: If you cannot fully recover your damages through auto insurance, you must file a personal injury claim against the driver who caused your accident. The state enforces a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including those filed in response to vehicle accidents. This may sound like enough time but remember that it can take time to gather the evidence and documentation you will need to successfully file your claim, so it is always preferable to start the claim filing process as soon as possible after an accident.
A: It is possible to bear partial liability for a vehicle accident and still recover compensation for your damages. The state enforces the modified comparative fault rule, so as long as the plaintiff is less than 50% at fault, they recover their damages but lose a percentage of the final case award equal to their percentage of fault. For example, 25% fault means you will lose 25% of the total compensation won from the case. If your fault is 50% or more, you cannot claim compensation.
A: Most personal injury attorneys operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that the client is not required to pay upfront or ongoing attorneys’ fees for their representation. Instead, they pay their attorney a percentage of their final case award. If the attorney is unable to secure compensation on their behalf, there is no fee, so there is no economic risk to the client in hiring an attorney under a contingency fee agreement. Always verify a potential attorney’s billing policy before signing a contract for their representation.
Spohrer Dodd has years of professional experience helping clients throughout Southeast Georgia with all types of vehicle accident claims, including commercial truck accident cases. When you need legal representation you trust to help with your recovery, reach out to us as soon as possible for the greatest chance of success with an insurance claim and/or personal injury suit against the at-fault driver. Contact Spohrer Dodd today to schedule a free consultation with a Woodbine truck accident attorney and learn how our team can assist you with your recovery.