Trucking Company Negligence
Atlanta Truck Accident Attorneys Serving All of Georgia
Truck accidents are very different from car accidents in many important ways. One difference is that the driver of a truck who causes an accident may not be the best or only party whom accident victims should sue. If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, your best course of action may be to sue the trucking company that employed the driver who was responsible for the crash.
Deciding whom to make a claim against can be a legally complex process, and you should consult with an experienced Atlanta truck accident attorney when determining what legal action to take after a truck accident.
At Millar & Mixon, LLC, we know what it takes to secure full and fair compensation from all sources in truck accident lawsuits. If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck with a tractor-trailer, contact the Atlanta truck accident lawyers at Millar & Mixon, LLC today. You can fill out our online contact form or call us at 404-620-4301 to learn more about how we can help. When you call our law firm, you will speak to an attorney immediately, or an attorney will call you within a very short time, even during the evening or on weekends or holidays.
Holding the Trucking Company Responsible for an Accident
In Georgia, people and companies can be held responsible for a truck accident if the accident was caused by their negligence. For example, if a truck driver is careless behind the wheel, breaking one of the driving safety rules or otherwise behaving in an unreasonably reckless way, the truck driver can be found negligent in the eyes of the law.
Any injuries or damage arising from the accident caused by a driver’s negligence could be compensable. Injured victims of truck accidents can also recover for pain and suffering, lost income/wages and emotional distress, among other types of truck accident damages. The total amount of compensation that some victims could receive after a truck accident could total in the thousands, hundreds of thousands or even more.
In many situations, the truck driver is not able to pay these large sums and so plaintiffs opt to pursue a claim against the trucking company in addition to the driver. There are quite a few ways that someone injured in a truck accident can argue that the trucking company was negligent and should be made to pay compensation. The company have been:
- Responsible for the acts of its employee. In legal terms, this is referred to as “vicarious liability.” Essentially, this fancy language just means that whatever the driver does, it is as if the trucking company is doing it. If the driver is careless and runs a red light, then it is just as if the trucking company was careless and ran a red light, since the driver was working for the company and doing his or her job at the time.
- Negligent in hiring the driver. If a reasonably cautious trucking company wouldn’t have hired this particular driver, then the trucking company could be liable for damages on the basis of negligent hiring. For example, if a trucking company hires a driver with a few DUIs on his or her record, this could be an example of carelessness that results in the trucking company’s being responsible for paying damages. The same is true in cases of negligent retention, where a reasonable trucking company would have fired a driver based on the driver’s safety record.
- Negligent in supervising the driver and enforcing the rules. There are a host of federal and state rules imposed on truck drivers, including rules about how long the driver can operate the truck without a rest. If the trucking company failed to follow regulations and/or failed to ensure its drivers were complying with the law, then the trucking company could be held responsible.
- Negligent in maintaining the truck. Trucks require frequent inspections of all parts, and they should be properly serviced whenever a potential problem develops. If a trucking company did not comply with required maintenance schedules or sent a driver out in a truck that was dangerous or in disrepair, the trucking company could be held responsible for the accident.
Get Help from Our Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyers
These are just a few of the potential arguments that can be made in order to impose liability on the trucking company for being negligent. Whenever you are involved in a truck accident, it is a wise choice to have an experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyer representing you to learn whom you should sue and to build a case against the appropriate parties.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in Georgia, contact Millar & Mixon, LLC today. Call us now at 404-620-4301 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation. Our Atlanta truck accident attorneys represent injured people in Decatur, Lawrenceville, Conyers, McDonough, Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Newnan, Douglasville, Powder Springs, Smyrna, Marietta, East Point, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Norcross, Doraville, Buckhead, Tucker, Stone Mountain, Snellville, Conyers, Stockbridge, Jonesboro, Riverdale Macon, Augusta, Savannah, Columbus, Valdosta and all across Georgia.