Trucks on a busy highway
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By Jarome Gautreaux

Suppose you are involved in a rear-end collision involving a truck. If so, take specific steps to ensure your safety and to address legal and insurance issues properly. Below are some steps that you should take to ensure that you protect yourself in such a situation.

From the outset, the most important thing to do is to assess yourself and any passengers for injuries. Do not move if you are severely injured. Call emergency services immediately if anyone is hurt. If no one is seriously hurt, you should move your vehicle to a safe area away from traffic. Turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers. Regardless of the accident’s severity, it is crucial to call the police. A police report can be invaluable in legal proceedings, especially if anyone is hurt.

You will also want to exchange contact and insurance information with the truck driver, such as names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance company names, and policy numbers. It is also advisable to take photos of the vehicle damages, your injuries, the truck, the road conditions, traffic signs, and any other relevant details. If there are witnesses, get their contact information as well.

After leaving the accident scene, you may want to make an appointment with your doctor even if you do not think you are seriously injured. Some injuries, like whiplash, may not be immediately apparent. Monitor your health by following up with medical professionals regarding any injuries. Some symptoms may appear or worsen days after the accident. You will also want to report the accident to your insurance company immediately. Provide them with the information you gathered and cooperate fully, but be cautious about admitting fault or giving a recorded statement without consulting an attorney.

After the dust from the accident settles, not to mention the emotional toll it may have, make sure you keep all documentation of the accident organized and in a safe place, including the police report, medical bills, repair estimates, and any correspondence with insurance companies. At this point, consider consulting with an attorney, especially if there are significant damages or injuries. An attorney can guide you on your legal rights and help you navigate the complexities of insurance claims and potential lawsuits. Continue to follow the advice of your attorney and medical professionals. Adhering to your treatment plan and legal strategy is crucial for your recovery and the success of any legal claim.

The severity of injuries and the extent of property damage can significantly affect the legal consequences. Serious injuries or fatalities can lead to more significant compensation claims and potentially more severe legal repercussions for the at-fault driver. When seeking compensation, consider all damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other losses resulting from the accident. Keep in mind that in Georgia, the statute of limitations for civil cases such as car accidents, wrongful death, and other personal injury claims is typically two (2) years from the date of the injury or death. Failure to file within this period can result in losing your right to sue the person or entity responsible for your injury.

Another thing to remember is that truck drivers and trucking companies are usually required to have higher liability insurance coverage due to the potential for more significant damage and injuries. If a truck driver has rear-ended someone in a collision, the driver and possibly the trucking company may be liable for damages. If the crash involves a commercial truck, federal and state regulations (like hours of service rules, maintenance requirements, etc.) come into play. Violations of these regulations can impact liability and legal outcomes.

It is important to note that each accident has its unique circumstances, and the legal consequences can vary widely. Consulting with a legal professional, especially one experienced in traffic and truck accident law in Georgia, is crucial for specific guidance and representation. Gautreaux Law has decades of experience with personal injury situations, and we will vigorously advocate on your behalf if you find yourself involved in a rear-end collision with a truck in Georgia.

About the Author
Jarome Gautreaux is a personal injury trial lawyer. He represents people who have been seriously injured, as well as the families of people killed because of carelessness or negligence. For over 20 years, he has successfully recovered more than 100 million dollars in a variety of Macon personal injury cases. Jarome’s reputation for client focus and case success has led to other lawyers requesting his assistance with complex personal injury litigation. What drives Jarome every day is his strong belief that the amount of money someone has should not dictate the justice they receive. It is for this reason that he has never worked for corporations, insurance companies, or other interest groups. Instead, he thrives on helping the people who need it most- people who have suffered at the hands of others and deserve compensation.