The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that in 2016, 22% of all accidents involving trucks caused an injury. If you are hit by a truck when the driver is hauling cargo for business purposes, you may be able to recover damages from the company who hired the driver.
An experienced personal injury attorney like the lawyers with the Don Turner Legal Team will be able to help you find out who is responsible for compensating you for your injuries and medical bills in such a situation.
The companies that hire truck drivers expect them to obey the rules of the road and drive safely. However, truck drivers are also expected to deliver their cargo on time no matter what weather or other delays they encounter along the way. To deliver on time, these hard-working truck drivers can make a mistake or even drive recklessly, resulting in an accident that can cause you or your loved ones harm.Common Causes of Truck Driver Accidents
Some of the most dangerous accidents on the road can be caused by a collision with a commercial truck. Common causes of trucking accidents and truck wrecks include:
- Improper cargo loading or trailer not being properly attached
- Distracted driving or driving under the influence
- Poor driver training and improper truck maintenance
- Driver fatigue
- Disregard for traffic laws; for example, running red lights or disregarding turn signals
- Vehicle malfunctions or failures that lead to a collision, such as a tire blowing out
- Loss of control due to speeding and/or inclement weather
Federal law rather than Georgia law will determine what happens in an accident involving a truck. The trucking company that hired the driver may try to avoid liability for the accident by arguing that it didn’t hire the driver or that it has no responsibility for the truck itself. Under federal law, however, a company cannot escape liability for a company truck accident in this way.
A trucking company is considered a business, and businesses are held responsible for the actions of their employees if those actions cause harm to others due to the employee being negligent in their duties. If a truck driver is considered an employee of a company, it is possible that the company as well as the driver can be a party in a personal injury claim. Note that there are certain exceptions to this rule, which is why you need an experienced personal injury attorney.
The trucking company can also be found to be negligent. While these companies have a duty to keep those who share the road with commercial drivers safe, some companies prioritize profits over the well-being of others, therefore violating that duty. If the company hires drivers who lack the proper commercial drivers license, fails to properly supervise their drivers or discipline them for dangerous practices, does not properly maintain their trucks, or fails to conduct drug and alcohol testing on their drivers, then they can be ruled negligent and therefore liable for your injuries.Our Law Firm Can Help With Your Truck Accident Case
Our personal injury lawyers will examine all possibilities regarding your case and work toward the highest possible compensation for your damages and injuries. We will research manufacturing defects in the truck and examine whether the company truck has been properly maintained. The company could also have been negligent by hiring an unqualified or improperly licensed driver.
We will also address unique issues if you were involved in a big rig or tractor-trailer accident. It is more common for these accidents to involve multiple at-fault parties who share responsibility for injuries. Additionally, federal and state regulations require trucking companies to carry higher insurance limits than the minimums for other drivers. These higher limits are imposed because of the severity of injury and property damage that such a large vehicle can cause.
At the Don Turner Legal Team, we will use our decades of experience and our legal skill to get you the best possible outcome.Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney
If you are injured in a trucking accident and need help, call the Don Turner Legal Team to discuss your personal injury case. We offer a free consultation. Find out what we can do for you.