Unfortunately, trucking accidents often cause devastating harm to Georgia residents. People in smaller cars are at a high risk of serious injury or even death when careless truck drivers collide with their vehicles. If you have been hurt in a a wreck involving a tractor-trailer, you should enlist an injury lawyer to seek compensation from the truck driver and the trucking company as well. T. Andrew Miller is an experienced and knowledgeable Atlanta trucking accident attorney who can examine the facts of your case and develop a legal strategy accordingly. He understands the stress that you and your loved ones are going through in the aftermath of a crash.Assert Your Legal Rights After a Trucking Accident
According to the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), a trucking accident takes place when a large trailer (typically 10,000 pounds or heavier) collides with other vehicles on the road. The DOT estimates that approximately half a million of these wrecks occur nationally each year, of which 5,000 result in tragic deaths.
Trucking accidents have a broad range of potential causes, including driver fatigue or intoxication, a failure to properly maintain the truck, unsecured or improperly secured cargo, and inadequate driver training. In addition to following the rules of the road that apply to anyone behind the wheel, truck drivers are subject to additional state and federal regulations. Some of these regulations include hours of service restrictions, regular drug and alcohol testing, and proper documentation to ensure the truck is in compliance with various requirements.
If you have been injured in a collision with an 18-wheeler, and the incident was not your fault, you will likely be able to recover compensation through a negligence claim against the at-fault truck driver and possibly the trucking company. Negligence is a legal term for a failure to use reasonable care that results in injuries to someone else. Reasonable care is defined as how an ordinary or prudent person would act under the same or similar circumstances.
In trucking accident cases, you may be able to hold the driver’s employer indirectly liable through a concept known as vicarious liability, even if the company did not act negligently. (If it did act negligently, it may be held directly liable just like the driver.) When an employee is acting within the scope of employment, he or she is considered to be acting directly for the employer. For instance, if the truck driver’s negligent conduct caused a crash while the driver was en route to make a delivery for the employer, the company would likely be liable as well. Determining whether a course of conduct falls inside or outside the scope of employment is not always so straightforward, however, and a personal injury attorney would need to evaluate your particular situation to determine whether a vicarious liability argument would be appropriate.Explore Your Options with a Trucking Accident Attorney in Atlanta
Trucking accidents happen more frequently than you may think. We strongly believe that victims should not have to deal with their injuries on their own. If you or someone close to you was hurt by a truck driver's careless actions on the road, we can help. Atlanta trucking accident lawyer T. Andrew Miller can handle every aspect of your case with the utmost diligence and discretion. He also represents people in Stone Mountain, Marietta, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Alpharetta, and other communities across Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett Counties. To discuss your case with an experienced trucking accident attorney, call us at (678) 894-4758 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.