Dealing with a Tractor Trailer Accident
On March 12, 2014, a catastrophic tractor trailer accident destroyed 2 trucks and killed one driver. While early morning commuters dealt with extreme delays caused by cleanup efforts, the family of Georgia truck driver Corey Hart began to deal with their loss.
Around 4 am on March 12, 2014, Corey Hart was driving his truck on I-85, a major Atlanta highway. Another tractor trailer was merging onto I-85, when the driver lost control of his vehicle and cut across 6 lanes of traffic. The out-of-control tractor trailer struck Corey Hart’s cab and split his entire truck in half. Hart died on the scene.
After a catastrophic tractor trailer accident like Corey Hart’s, it can be difficult for families to know the best steps to take. The first thing accident victims and their families should do is contact an experienced trucking attorney. A qualified tractor trailer law firm, like Pope & Howard, P.C., can help victims work through the legal process and find justice.
Our team at Pope & Howard, P.C. knows that legal representation isn’t the first concern after a trucking accident. Unfortunately, the immediate aftermath of a wreck is very important for a future legal case. We’ve included some helpful catastrophic trucking accident tips for families below:
Do Not Speak to Insurance Companies
Insurance representatives are trained to collect information that could weaken your case or reduce a potential settlement. Even the most basic questions, like how your family is doing, could be used against you. Do not answer their questions, or sign any forms they send. If an insurance company calls after a tractor trailer accident, give them your lawyer’s phone number, or tell them you are looking for a lawyer and will not answer any questions.
Do Not Sign Anything
Insurance companies will try to reduce blame or offer the lowest settlement possible. Never sign a form sent by an insurance company without legal advice. An experienced trucking attorney will be able to help your family evaluate an offer or understand an insurance document.
Save All Documents and Bills
Any piece of paper or communication dealing with a tractor trailer accident, like an accident report or an accident photo, could be valuable to your case. Keep all documents and bills in a special place and discuss them with your lawyer. A qualified trucking law firm will help you understand which documents are important and what other types of evidence could improve your case.
After a trucking accident, families should immediately secure an experienced tractor trailer attorney. Contact Pope & Howard, P.C. for expert trucking accident representation. Our lawyers create the best cases possible to obtain results for victims and their families. We offer our deepest condolences to the Hart family. We hope they find justice for their loss.
About Pope & Howard, P.C.
Pope & Howard, P.C. is an Atlanta-based trial law firm that specializes in tractor trailer accidents,construction site injuries, and other cases involving catastrophic personal injury. Geoff Pope andMarc Howard are highly experienced personal injury lawyers. Contact our Atlanta law firm at (866) 910-0642 or (404) 885-9999 if you, or a loved one, was injured in a trucking accident.