Augusta Rollover Truck Accident Lawyers
Were you injured in a rollover accident with a big truck? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. You need an Augusta truck accident lawyer on your team.
Because a truck has a high center of gravity, they are more likely to flip over in certain conditions. When a truck driver loses control of his rig, and it flips over, this is known as a “rollover accident.” These types of accidents are usually caused by the negligence of the truck driver or the trucking company. When a truck rolls over, it can endanger the cars around it and cause an accident. Rollover accidents can be extremely harmful to those involved.
Chris Hudson Law Group can help you navigate your claim after a truck rollover accident. We have lots of experience with this type of accident, and we want you to rest easy while we handle your claim. Our clients say we are extremely helpful, as well as being attentive and empathetic. We care about you and your injuries.
Let our compassionate, client-focused lawyers help you with your rollover accident. Call us today at 706-863-6600 for your free initial consultation.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Trucking companies and their insurance companies have teams of experienced lawyers whose only job is to make sure you are paid as little as possible. They will take advantage of your lack of knowledge of the law and of how insurance claims are handled to try to get you to accept a lowball offer.
A knowledgeable lawyer can handle your claim for you and guide you through the complicated laws and regulations surrounding the trucking industry. Take time to recover from your accident and let the lawyers deal with the insurance companies. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not you will be able to pay your medical bills when your injuries weren’t your fault. We can hold the liable party responsible for your injuries and get them to pay the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Us?
Our experienced team of lawyers will keep you informed about your case and explain every step we take to get compensation for you. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and are dedicated to providing a positive experience to you with your case.
We have earned millions of dollars of compensation for our clients in settlements and awards. Our satisfied clients are happy to share the good experiences they’ve had with our firm. Our clients are always our first priority.
Let us provide you with peace of mind about your claim. We will ensure all deadlines are met and that your case is investigated fully. We’ll carry the burden of the “legal stuff” for you.
What Is a Rollover Accident?
A rollover accident is when a tractor-trailer rolls onto its side or onto its top (or continues to roll). Rollover accidents frequently occur because a truck driver makes an error in his driving technique. An estimated 78 percent of truck rollovers occur due to driver error. Most rollovers can be prevented by the driver paying attention. Because rollovers can happen at any time, truck drivers and those sharing the road with them should always be alert.
How Rollover Accidents Happen
Rollover accidents occur for a multitude of reasons. Some of these reasons include:
- The condition of the vehicle. One study found that over half of rollover trucks had a brake defect. When a truck is unable to stop, it may pull over to the shoulder, which may cause a rollover. A truck may also engage a parking brake but then discover the brake has malfunctioned. If a truck driver is speeding when the brakes malfunction, serious damage to any nearby vehicle can result.
- Extreme curves in the road. A large truck will not be able to navigate a turn as easily as a smaller passenger vehicle would. This can cause the truck to overturn due to its high center of gravity.
- Speeding. If a truck is speeding, unexpected driving maneuvers may cause the truck to roll over. This can also play a role in rollovers involving turns.
- Slosh and surge effect of liquid loads. When a tanker truck is partially full, the movement of the liquid inside can cause sudden unwanted truck movements, especially when a truck is trying to stop. An estimated 63% of cargo tank rollover accidents involved a truck with a partially full load.
- Overcorrecting. When a driver does not practice safe steering methods, they may engage in what is called “overcorrecting.” This involves suddenly turning the steering wheel too far in one direction and then suddenly turning the other way to correct the overturning. This creates instability in the truck and can cause it to flip over.
Possible Injuries from a Rollover Accident
When a truck has a rollover accident, it can roll over onto a passenger vehicle or cause a passenger vehicle to crash into it. This can cause severe physical damage to both your car and your person and passengers. Some types of injuries that can occur are:
- Loss of limbs
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Psychological distress
Such severe injuries can result in a multitude of ongoing medical bills. To ensure that you receive the appropriate financial compensation to pay these bills, don’t hesitate to contact a Georgia truck accident attorney.
Financial Compensation in a Rollover Accident
If the investigation reveals that the truck driver or trucking company was at fault for the rollover accident, a knowledgeable lawyer can request financial compensation for the damages you suffered in the accident. This compensation can be in the form of compensatory damages and sometimes in punitive damages.
There are two types of compensatory damages: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages are the most clear-cut of the damages you could receive because they are measurable in an exact amount. Some examples of economic damages include:
- Medical expenses. These expenses can include the cost of ambulance rides, hospital visits, doctor visits, prescription medications, and ongoing therapy.
- Lost wages. If you had a lengthy hospital stay or recovery time, you may be entitled to compensation for the amount of wages you lost during that time.
- Damage to property. There could be extensive damage to your vehicle that you can recover. This could also include personal belongings in your vehicle at the time of the accident if they were damaged or destroyed.
Non-economic damages are harder to define as they do not have a specified monetary value. Some types of non-economic damages are:
- Physical suffering. Physical injuries from the rollover accident can cause pain or permanent disfigurement. You could be left with scarring, a permanent limp, or even the loss of a limb. Physical suffering damages will attempt to compensate for the pain and loss you have suffered.
- Psychological suffering. The mental anguish you suffer not only during the rollover accident but after the wreck as well can be assigned a monetary amount. This can include post-traumatic stress disorder or other psychological impairments you may suffer due to the trauma of the accident. These types of impairments can be temporary or long term, and you deserve to be compensated for them.
These types of non-economic damages are incredibly difficult to assign monetary value to without a lawyer. Our team will use our years of experience and knowledge to ensure that you are awarded the appropriate amount of damages for these hard-to-define injuries.
Punitive damages, as the name suggests, are meant to punish the wrong-doer. They are not appropriate in all cases but can be awarded in situations where the truck driver or trucking company had willful indifference to their wrongful actions. These punitive damages will hopefully deter the at-fault party from repeating the same actions. In Georgia, punitive damages are limited to a maximum of $250,000.00. These types of damages will not be awarded unless they are specifically asked for.
Investigating a Rollover Accident
Insurance companies will often attempt to blame the victim in a rollover accident to avoid paying more damages. Because Georgia is a comparative fault state, at trial, your damages will be reduced by the percentage you are found to be at fault for the accident. For example, if you are ten percent at fault and your damages are found to be $100,000.00, you will only receive $90,000.00.
The skilled lawyers at Chris Hudson Law Group have years of experience in managing insurance companies. To protect your rights and prevent the insurance company from taking advantage of you, let our attorneys handle the investigation of your claim.
To help you gain the amount of compensation you deserve, we will look into various details, such as:
- Witness statements
- Police statements
- Driving logs
- Phone records
- Training records
- Video/audio recordings
- And more
Our experienced attorneys know exactly where to look to find the evidence we need to build your strongest case. We will ensure all available evidence is preserved so that we can fight for your just compensation. The longer you wait to contact us, the more likely crucial evidence may be lost or destroyed.
Contact Our Experienced Rollover Accident Lawyers Today
If you were injured in a rollover accident with a commercial truck, let our experienced lawyers handle your case today. We genuinely care about you and your recovery. Our clients say we provide top-notch customer service.
It is our goal to make your claim or lawsuit process as smooth and easy for you as possible. Don’t wait any longer. Contact Chris Hudson Law Group at 706-863-6600 today for a free consultation.