If you've been injured in a Georgia truck accident, you have the right to file a Georgia personal injury claim if the truck driver was at fault. Aside from the severity of your injuries, the trucking company's insurance policy will have a profound effect on the compensation you can claim after a Georgia truck accident.
Truck insurance is so important because Georgia truck accidents have a higher incidence of severe injuries and death. Truck insurance is federally regulated, and ranges from $750,000 for a 10-ton commercial truck to $5 million for a truck carrying certain hazardous substances.
This is substantially higher than insurance for personal vehicles, which means Georgia truck accident victims stand to gain a much higher settlement in a Georgia personal injury claim.
If you've been injured in a Georgia truck accident, the truck driver should have proof of insurance on hand at the accident scene. If the truck driver does not have proof of insurance but is part of a fleet of trucks, the insurance paperwork should be at the company's main office.
If the trucking company does not have proper proof of insurance available, it can be subject to:
- license seizure; and
- other disciplinary measures (for both the truck driver and the trucking company).
In the worst-case scenario, a trucking company may not have sufficient insurance, so even if you sustained severe injury in a Georgia truck accident, it could be extremely difficult to receive the compensation you deserve. If you've been injured in a Georgia truck accident, especially from a trucker with inadequate insurance, it may be time to hire an Atlanta truck accident attorney.
Contacting an Atlanta Truck Accident Attorney
If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a Georgia truck accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case.