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Duluth Truck Accidents Lawyer
The prospect of being in an accident with a truck can be a scary prospect. A hard reality is that one of every five truck drivers in the United States will have some type of accident in the course of a calendar year. Not all of these accidents are serious, but some are. Not all of these accidents are the fault of the truck, but some are. When that happens, a Duluth truck accident lawyer has to seek out a fair settlement for the injured driver.
Attorney Richard Parsons has built Parsons Law, LLC on the principles of tough-minded dealings with insurance companies and a willingness to go to court when necessary. With a background in both the District Attorney’s office and in private business, Attorney Parsons is skilled at both negotiation and litigation, and his clients can benefit from both.
Parsons Law, LLC serves clients in Lawrenceville, Norcross, across Gwinnett County and north into Hall County from our Duluth office. Call today at (888) 270-9068 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
Who Is Liable in a Gwinnett County Truck Accident?
Truck accident lawsuits have a dynamic that can be unique in personal injury cases. In most cases, the defendant is easy enough to identify. But trucking and the nature of the industry make it possible for several different parties to be the one at fault.
The driver of the rig is certainly a logical place to start, and it is indeed possible that the driver was operating the truck in a negligent manner. But what if the driver was not qualified to handle an 18-wheel rig? Then the liability could be somewhere else.
That “somewhere else” might be with the trucking company that hired the driver. It could also be with an insurance company. Trucking companies often vet new hires with an insurance carrier. If someone in the insurance offices didn’t perform due diligence before giving the okay, the carrier could be liable.
Fault for an unqualified driver getting the wheel of a semi-truck could also be with a broker. The Industry has middlemen working in between trucking and shipping companies and a negligent broker could be the reason for the accident.
To this point, we’ve assumed the trucking accident was caused by driver error. But truck accidents can also happen because cargo files off and into the road. Liability in these cases could be with the company that did the packing.
Finally, the fault might not be with the trucker or the victim of the crash. What if a third driver acted in a negligent manner, forcing the trucker to take some type of action that in turn resulted in the accident. Now any lawsuit has an entirely different target.
The job of the Duluth truck accident lawyer is to do the meticulous legwork necessary to make sure a lawsuit is filed against the appropriate parties. This is a necessary step in giving the plaintiff a real chance to win the lawsuit and get a fair settlement.
A key part of winning the lawsuit is also establishing that the accident was actually the cause of the plaintiff’s injuries. This might seem obvious and in some cases it will be. But plaintiffs can be assured that the insurance company for the defendant will do their own meticulous legwork, and that legwork is likely to include a look at the medical records of the injured plaintiff.
Pre-existing conditions are one thing that’s being looked for. The defense may seek to argue that injuries were at least partially caused by those pre-existing conditions. If this argument is successful, any damage award can be reduced. The defense will also look for evidence that the injuries are not as severe as the plaintiff claims. To that end, it’s not uncommon for an insurance company’s lawyers to review social media postings and talk to doctors who may have treated the plaintiff.
That’s why it’s important for plaintiffs to get checked out immediately. It’s important to stay low-key about their recovery on social platforms and elsewhere. Even casual statements that one is feeling fine can be used against an injured plaintiff in a court of law.
It’s all a lot to keep in mind, especially at a time when a plaintiff is injured and trying to recover. That’s why lawyers are here. At Parsons Law, LLC we want to take the burden of worrying about all of these small, but important legal matters, off the shoulders of recovering plaintiffs and put them onto ours.
“They took me step by step through every process and I was very pleased with the outcome.” - Scott M.
“They are very knowledgeable in their area of legal expertise.” - Damon D.
“I’m so thankful to have come across this law firm! Great communication and consistent updates.” - Monica D.
“I felt confident they were taking care of everything the entire step of the way.” - Becky H.
“They listened to what my concerns were and built the case around what was best for me.” - JoAnna G.
Call Parsons Law, LLC today at (888) 270-9068 or contact us online, Our Duluth office offers free consultations to clients in Lawrenceville, Norcross, across Gwinnett County and north into Hall County.