There is a good chance that you’ll encounter a commercial vehicle while driving on a Georgia road or highway. While there are steps that you can take to minimize the risk of a truck accident, there is no way to guarantee that one won’t occur. It may be in your best interest to hire an attorney to represent your interests in the aftermath of a motor vehicle collision.
Was the other driver acting in a negligent manner?
A legal professional may be able to help you establish that a truck driver was acting in a negligent manner when the crash occurred. Examples of negligence typically include driving while tired, distracted or under the influence of alcohol. Your attorney may use truck operator statements, cellphone records or toxicology reports to establish that reckless behavior played a role in the wreck.
It’s important to watch your words
Your legal representative may be able to minimize your risk of saying something that could undermine your case. For instance, it’s generally a good idea to refrain from speaking about the case via email, text message or social media. Furthermore, you should avoid making a statement to the commercial driver’s insurance company. As a general rule, it is in your best interest to avoid talking about the case until after it has been resolved.
Don’t lose out because of a technicality
The state of Georgia gives victims two years from the date of motor vehicle accidents to file a lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, your case likely won’t be heard regardless of its merits. An attorney will make sure to file your lawsuit in a timely manner, and he or she may take other steps to preserve your rights throughout the legal process.
There is a good chance that the other parties in your case will have attorneys representing their interests. Therefore, it is important to have legal counsel on your side whether you decide to settle the case or resolve it in court.