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Trucking Company Liability for Dangerous Drivers

If you or a loved one are involved in a trucking accident, the laws in Georgia may allow you to obtain compensation from the trucker or trucking company. An experienced Atlanta, Georgia Trucking Accident Lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., can help you to pursue your claim for monetary damages. Give us a call today at (855) 814-8949 to learn more.

Dangerous Drivers and Trucking Accidents
Estimates indicate that driver-related factors are the cause of at least 31 percent of fatal trucking accidents. When a driver makes a careless mistake or breaks a rule of the road, then the truck driver can be held legally liable and made to compensate accident victims.Trucking Company Liability for Dangerous Drivers

Unfortunately, truck drivers often have insufficient money and/or insurance to pay for the losses of an injured plaintiff in full. As such, it is especially important to understand vicarious liability rules.

Under vicarious liability rules, the negligence of an employee is considered to be the equivalent of the negligence of a company itself if the employee is acting within the scope of his employment at the time that the driver caused the trucking accident.  In other words, when an employee does something careless or reckless while on the job, this is just like the entire trucking company doing something careless or wrongful.

Truck Company Liability for Dangerous Drivers
The rules allowing a trucking company to be held legally responsible for injuries caused by the truck driver are referred to as "agency" rules or as the legal doctrine of "vicarious liability."

Under vicarious liability rules, the employees of the trucking company act as "agents" of the company. Every action that the truck driver takes while on-the-job or in the line of duty is considered to be acting directly for his employer, who is called the "principal." If the agent acts in a careless or negligent way, the principal is legally responsible.

This means that when a truck driver is involved in a crash and hurts you, you can sue not just the driver himself but also the trucking company. Trucking companies usually have more insurance as well as more money and assets than an individual driver. Thus, by taking legal action against the company itself for the negligence of the driver, you ensure that there is enough money to pay your damages for medical bills and costs; lost wages; pain and suffering; emotional distress or wrongful death.

An Atlanta, Georgia Trucking Accident Lawyer Can Help
Trucking accident cases can be complicated for many reasons, including the possibility that there are multiple defendants responsible for your or your loved one’s injuries. An Atlanta, Georgia Trucking Accident Lawyer can assist you in understanding your legal rights in even the most complex of trucking accident cases.

At Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., our Atlanta, Georgia Trucking Accident Lawyers will assist you in every aspect of your trucking accident case. We will help you to determine who to take legal action against and how best to pursue your claim.

We will work to gather evidence and to make the most compelling legal arguments possible so that you can obtain the full amount of money available to you under Georgia laws for your injuries.

If you or a loved one was hurt in a trucking accident, contact Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., today to get your claim started. You can set up a free consultation with our experienced trucking accident lawyers by contacting us online or by giving us a call at (855) 814-8949.


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