Frequently Asked Questions
- How should I choose a lawyer?
- When should I hire a lawyer?
- What are common causes of truck wrecks?
- What damages does the law allow in a truck wreck case?
Being in a collision with a tractor trailer is a scary, and people are often confused about what to do next? We often receive questions about when a person should take action or what their rights are. We are happy to speak with you about your situation, but here are some answers to frequently asked questions:.
How should I choose a trucking accident lawyer?
Any lawyer can make a TV commercial or a web site. In fact, many lawyers who brag about their toughness on TV commercials have never seen the inside of a courtroom. These lawyers often settle cases cheaply rather than go to court.
The questions you should ask when hiring a lawyer include:
- Is the lawyer honest and ethical?
Geoff Pope and Marc Howard have a reputation for honesty and fairness. We fight hard for our clients but also respect our opponents and the courts. We are involved in our communities and in our profession and have earned a reputation for treating our clients with respect and dignity.
- What do other lawyers in the community say about them?
We are recognized by our peers as being leaders in the law. We hold leadership positions in both the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and the State Bar of Georgia and have been included in the Super Lawyers compilation (top 5% of attorneys) and the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Geoff Pope was among the top 1% of all lawyers selected as a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation, and Marc Howard has been recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of Georgia’s “Legal Elite”.
- Does the lawyer make promises that seem to good to believe?
A lawyer has an ethical duty to be honest with a client. Many times, lawyers make promises about a case simply so a client will hire them. At Pope & Howard, we tell you what we think, and we will never make promises we can’t keep.
When should I hire a lawyer?
The sooner the better. While the most important thing is to take care of yourself and your family following a tractor trailer accident, the longer you wait to hire an attorney, the more likely it is that evidence can be lost. Witnesses may disappear, road conditions may chance, or documents and physical evidence may be altered.
What are common causes of truck wrecks?
There are many causes of truck wrecks, and our lawyers rely on nationally recognized experts to investigate and determine why a collision occurred. Among the many common causes are:
- Drug or alcohol use.
- Lack of sleep.
- Lack of proper training.
- Faulty maintenance.
- Use of old or worn tires.
- Excessive speed.
- Improper loading or cargo.
What damages does the law allow in a truck wreck case?
A person involved in a truck wreck may be entitled to compensation or “damages” for any harm caused by an accident. This includes:
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Medical bills and other expenses
- Lost wages and income
- Diminished ability to work
- Emotional distress
- In cases of outrageous conduct, punitive damages may be allowed.