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Unfortunately, truck accidents are an all too common occurrence in Atlanta. With six major highways and hundreds of roads, there is always the risk of being in a truck accident.

Commercial trucks like big rigs, fuel tanks, and semis are huge vehicles. Even the slightest collision can cause a large amount of financial, physical, and emotional damage.

Both the driver of the truck and trucking company may be held liable for the property damage and physical injuries as a result of the incident.

However, the laws surrounding truck accidents are complex. So hiring a personal injury lawyer with experience is the only way to ensure you receive fair compensation for the damage.

Michael LaScala has more than two decades of experience representing both drivers, and victims of trucking accidents. To find out what compensation you’re eligible for, call the office of The LaScala Law Firm today on (404)-881-8866

Truck Accident Georgia

What to Do if You're Involved in a Truck Accident

We know it’s often hard to keep a clear head after being in a road accident. However, knowing what to do and how to act will help your case.

Whether you’re the truck driver or another road user, the steps to follow after a truck wreck are:

Check everyone is OK

Ultimately, the first and most important thing to check after any road accident is that everyone is OK. If anyone requires urgent medical attention, you should ring 911 right away.

Call the police

Even if the damage is minor and everyone is fine, you still need to call the police and report the incident.

Gather evidence

Gathering good quality evidence has never been easier. Take lots of pictures of the damage, even film footage if you can. 

Don’t discuss the incident

It’s important that you do not talk about the crash. Generally, emotions are high after an accident, so you may say something you later regret or that others can use against you.

Exchange contact information

You must exchange your vehicle registration, insurance details, and give your name to the other party. Moreover, if there are passengers or witnesses, take down their contact details, too.

Seek medical attention

If you have any injuries, pains, or concerns, it’s best to seek medical attention. It will also help your case if you have medical records to substantiate any claims in the future.

Call your insurance company

The sooner you can report the accident to your insurance company, the better. They will advise you on what paperwork you need, and what to do next.

Hire an experienced attorney

If in a truck accident, it’s vital to the outcome of your case that you hire a truck accident lawyer with experience to find out if you’re eligible to receive compensation.

Damages You're Entitled to if You're Involved in a Truck Accident

Under Georgia law, you’re able to claim both “economic” and “non-economic” costs.

Economic damages is the term used for the financial losses you’ve suffered. Moreover, these are damages that have a dollar amount to them. This includes things like car repairs and medical bills.

Non-economic costs are damages that do have a set financial value. For instance, these include things like emotional distress, pain and suffering, and so on.

Each accident faces evaluation on a case-by-case basis. However, we typically help our clients claim compensation for:

  • Medical bills – This encompasses all medical bills relating to the accident as well as estimations of future costs. In addition, if you’re going to need ongoing physical therapy or medications, we will make sure those costs are covered.
  • Lost wages – If you’re unable to work due to your injuries you deserve rightful compensation.
  • Loss of future earnings – We also take into account if there will be any impact on your future earnings.
  • Property damage – Any property damaged in the accident can be claimed for. This includes your vehicle and all personal belongings.
  • Pain and suffering – This relates to the physical, mental, and emotional distress you’ve suffered as a result of the accident.

Why You Should Work With a Personal Injury Lawyer

You don’t have to hire a lawyer by law. However, having a personal injury lawyer working on your case will save you time and ensure you’re claiming for all the costs you’re entitled to.

Some of the benefits of working with a lawyer include:

Paperwork and Fact-Checking

There is a lot of paperwork to be taken care of after being in a road accident. In addition, any mistakes can cause lengthy delays, or worse put your compensation at risk. However, lawyers have experience filling out legal paperwork and will take this headache off your hands.


You deserve to be receive fair compensation for your losses. However, it’s within the best interests of the other party’s insurance company to contest your claim. A good lawyer will fight for every penny you’re entitled to.

Time Factors

In Georgia, you have to file a lawsuit within two years from the date of the accident. It’s also common to run into delays having your day in court or receiving compensation. A lawyer will ensure your case is moving as quickly as possible.

Call Today for a Free Consultation

Michael LaScala is a credible personal injury attorney in Atlanta. He’s done work on both sides of the law defending and prosecuting truck drivers and trucking companies.

If you have been in a trucking accident call the LaScala Firm at (404) 881-8866 today. We will arrange a consultation to discuss your case and advise you on what compensation you’re eligible to claim.