FAQ’s for Tractor-Trailer Accidents
We at the Atlanta lawfirm of Zevin & Rosenbloum believe that a well-informed client is the best client. Accordingly, our goal is to provide understandable answers to all of our clients’ questions, big or small. The tractor-trailer accident attorneys at our Atlanta office, as well as our staff, believe that communication with our clients is our main concern. Below, we will answer the most frequently asked questions in the area of tractor-trailer accident representation. For answers to more general questions, please click here.
How much is my case worth?
Because of the ever-evolving nature of our clients’ tractor-trailer accident cases, it is never possible for the lawyers in our Atlanta office to determine the value of a case before our client has finished their treatment. The reason for this is simple. The starting point in any tractor-trailer accident case is medical expenses. Until our Atlanta attorneys know how much medical expenses a tractor-trailer accident client has, we cannot accurately gauge the true worth of the case. Once we receive the medical expense information and any lost wage information, we will put a value on the case and send a demand to the insurance company. After all treatment is completed, and the medical bills and lost wage information is received, the tractor-trailer accident attorneys at our Atlanta office speak to our clients regarding the value of their claim.
What is the first thing I should do when I have been injured in a tractor-trailer accident?
The answer to that question is easy. The first thing to do when injured in a tractor-trailer crash is to engage the representation of a qualified attorney. Whether you choose the Atlanta tractor-trailer accident lawyers at Zevin & Rosenbloum, or any other qualified lawyer, our advice is to hire a lawyer immediately.
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Why do I need to hire a lawyer for a tractor-trailer accident injury?
When you are injured in a tractor-trailer accident due to the negligence of a tractor-trailer operator, that tractor-trailer operator will be represented by a qualified insurance adjuster or lawyer who does nothing but handle tractor-trailer accident injury claims. You need representation as well. Most of the tractor-trailer accident clients represented by the Atlanta lawyers at Zevin & Rosenbloum have never made an injury claim before. You need someone on your side that will fight for you like the insurance companies fight for themselves and their policyholders.
Why is there a difference between a tractor-trailer accident injury case and an injury in a regular car accident case?
Tractor-trailer operators and the trucking companies are regulated by Federal Motor Carrier safety laws and state laws that hold them to much higher standards than automobile drivers. As a result of these regulations, motor carriers can be held liable for punitive damages if certain legal provisions are not followed. For example, if it is determined that a tractor-trailer operator was driving too many hours in the period leading up to the accident, the motor carrier can be responsible for putting lives at risk. Our tractor-trailer accident lawyers are uniquely qualified to find that information and use it to our clients’ advantage.
I have been injured in a tractor-trailer accident, but don’t have health insurance. What can I do?
One common misconception in the area of tractor-trailer accident cases is that the at-fault insurance company or corporate defendant will pay your medical bills as you go to the doctor. THEY WILL NOT. For this reason, we offer various options to our clients. Our clients can choose to see a licensed chiropractor. Most chiropractors will wait until your case is resolved before requiring payment. The tractor-trailer accident lawyers at our Atlanta office also know of several medical doctors throughout the Atlanta area that will work with our clients in much the same way. Call our Atlanta car accident lawyers today to discuss your options.
Will filing a claim for a tractor-trailer accident injury affect my car insurance rates?
If the accident was not your fault, the answer is NO.
How long will my tractor-trailer accident case take to resolve?
Most of the tractor-trailer accident cases handled by the lawyers at the Atlanta lawfirm of Zevin & Rosenbloum resolve within three to five months after the client has finished treating with their doctors. The reason for this time frame is simple. Once the client has finished treating, we must first obtain the client’s medical bills and records. Ordinarily, the Atlanta tractor-trailer accident lawyers at Zevin & Rosenbloum accomplish this task quickly. However, sometimes there are delays in retrieving records due to backlog with doctors’ offices. After we receive the medical bills and records, we evaluate the case and send a demand to the insurance companies. We ordinarily give the insurance company between 30-45 days to respond to our demand. At that point, we begin the negotiations to resolve your case. In circumstances that we believe that the tractor-trailer operator or motor carrier have violated the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations or state law, we must file a lawsuit to find this information. At that point, you can rest assured that you have the most highly competent and qualified tractor-trailer accident attorneys to guide you through the litigation process.
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