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Who is Liable for a Truck Accident?

With so many commercial trucks on the roadways throughout the United States, truck drivers are under continuous pressure to meet their deadlines as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, due to the urgency surrounding this kind of work, truck accidents are a common occurrence.

For the victims who suffered serious injuries or the surviving family members of those killed, recovery can be long, arduous, and frustrating. Victims are left to treat their injuries or deal with their grief while trying to maintain financial stability.

Who is Liable for a Truck Collision in Georgia?

In Georgia, the law allows victims to pursue justice and compensation from those responsible for the crash. While it is often simple to determine fault in car accidents, collisions involving commercial trucks are much more complex since a number of parties play a role in the operation of the vehicle.

The victims of commercial truck accidents can pursue a claim against the following:

  • The truck driver – Commercial drivers are obligated to operate their vehicles in a safe manner and abide by all traffic laws. When a driver’s negligent actions result in a crash, he or she can be held accountable for their actions.
  • The trucking company – Corporations and businesses are liable for the behavior and actions of their employees while they are on duty. Further, it has been proven that trucking companies typically place pressure on their drivers to deliver their supplies and services in the quickest manner possible, sometimes encouraging them to ignore federal regulations to make a profit.
  • The cargo company – Unsecured or improperly loaded cargo is another common factor in truck accidents. If the cargo shifts during transit, the vehicle can become unstable and difficult to control, despite driving on well-maintained roads and in good weather.
  • Truck manufacturers – If the design of a truck does not abide by safety regulations, the company that created the defective part can be held responsible for a crash. The most common defects are braking systems and tires.

At The Warlick Firm, PC, we are committed to helping victims of truck accidents recover the monetary damages they deserve. Our Woodstock personal injury lawyers can investigate the collision and collect crucial evidence necessary to build a strong and customized case strategy, and obtain the most favorable outcome possible.

If you were injured after being in a collision caused by a commercial truck, schedule a free consultation with our Woodstock personal injury attorney at The Warlick Firm, PC today.