Our Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help You Get Compensation
A fully loaded dump truck is like a highway missile, and almost as lethal. Indeed, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that 5,000 Americans are killed in trucking accidents every year. If you or your loved one is injured or killed in a dump truck accident, Georgia law allows you to seek compensation from the driver and perhaps the trucking company as well.
When you are injured through someone else’s negligence, a personal injury claim arises in your favor under Georgia law. Claims do not enforce themselves, however — enforcement requires knowledge, dedication, and skill. The truck accident attorneys at Van Sant Law posses these qualities in great abundance.
Most Dump Truck Accident Cases are Settled Out of Court
We settle over 90 percent of our clients’ claims, including dump truck accident claims, at the negotiating table rather than in court. Of course, most such claims are paid out by the trucking companies insurance, and you might be surprised at some of the tricks insurance companies use they use to avoid paying the claims against them. We know all their tricks, and we won’t let them get away with it.
Mediocrity is for Cowards
Any law firm with a thesaurus can fill its website with endless superlatives (“unparallelled experience”, “stellar track record”, etc.). At Van Sant Law, the superlatives are coming from our peers and clients instead:
- The Better Business Bureau has assigned us it’s “A+” rating
- Our peers have named more than half the lawyers in our firm Georgia Super Lawyers, an honor bestowed upon only one in forty Georgia lawyers.
- Founding partner David Van Sant has won the Avvo Client’s Choice Award three years in a row.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dump Truck Accidents
What is “negligence per se” and how does it affect dump truck accident claims?
The legal principle of negligence per se allows a court to find negligence automatically if you can prove that the driver violated a safety law (certain exceptions exist, however). Since dump truck drivers are highly regulated (commercial vehicle regulations apply, for example), this could work to your advantage in court or in settlement negotiations.
Why are dump truck accidents so dangerous?
A fully loaded dump truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, while an average-sized automobile weighs only about 3,000 pounds. Since momentum equals mass times velocity, and since it is momentum that both lengthens stopping distances and increases the destructive power of a crash, dump truck accidents are frequently catastrophic.
What are my options if my loved one dies in a Georgia dump truck accident?
The surviving spouse may file a wrongful death claim. If there is no surviving spouse, other relatives may file the claim in the order of priority prescribed by Georgia wrongful death law. Damages are paid to close relatives and may include:
- lost earnings by the deceased;
- loss of care and other intangible benefits by family members;
- medical expenses;
- funeral and burial expenses; and
- pain and suffering by the deceased.
Can I sue the manufacturer of a defective dump truck component if it caused the accident?
Yes, you can. Under Georgia product liability law, you can file a lawsuit against the:
- retailer; and/or
- Any other merchant in the chain of distribution of the product.
You don’t necessarily have to prove that the defendant was negligent to win a product liability claim.
You Only Pay If You Win
Why should you pay us if we fail to win compensation for you? The answer is that you shouldn’t, and at you won’t have to — you will never owe us a dime until and unless you actually receive compensation in the form of a settlement or a court decision. That means we only win if you do — which is exactly the way it should be.
Fortune Favors the Bold; Take Action Today And Contact Georgia’s Dump Truck Accident Lawyers
The most important decision you will likely make in your entire case is which law firm you choose to represent you. Call at (855) GA-INJURY or (404) 991-5950 for a free initial case consultation. Otherwise, feel free to fill out our online contact form.