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Trucking Company Negligence

Becoming involved in a truck accident can cause devastating financial, physical and emotional loss. If you or a loved one was harmed in a truck accident, you may have a legal claim. Give the Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Lawyers a call at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. today at (855) 424-6587 to learn how our caring and dedicated truck accident attorneys can help with your case.

Trucking Companies And Truck Accidents
According to the American Trucking Association, around 11 billion tons of freight are moved throughout the United States by trucks each year. While there are some independent truck drivers who contract out their services to move these billions of tons of freight, most of the goods throughout the U.S. are transported by drivers employed by trucking companies.

When a trucking company employs a driver or manages a fleet, that company has certain responsibilities set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and set by state law.  These regulations relate to a variety of issues including the maintenance of trucks in the fleet and the number of hours that an employee can be expected to work over the course of the week.Trucking Company Negligence

When a trucking company fails to comply with regulations or fails to have safe policies in place, then the trucking company could be shut down. If the driver has an accident, the trucking company could also be held legally liable and made to compensate accident victims.

Trucking Company Liability for Truck Crashes
There are actually several different legal arguments that the victim of a truck accident could make in order to hold the trucking company responsible for his or her injuries.  One legal rule that applies is called the "agency" rule, or "vicarious liability," and it holds the trucking company responsible for the acts of the company's employees.

Truck accident victims can also recover monetary damages from the trucking company if the company is negligent or makes mistakes in its own right. Some different examples of negligence on the part of the trucking company can include:
  • Failure to have the fleet of vehicles regularly inspected and/or failure to maintain a truck or trailer.
  • Failure to enforce any safety regulations, including maximum drive time requirements.
  • Scheduling workers to work for too many hours in violation of FMCSA regulations.
  • Failing to screen potential hires for the truck driving position to ensure that they have a commercial driver's license and a clean driving record.
These are just a few of the situations where a trucking company can be considered negligent based on the company's own acts or omissions.  To determine if a trucking
company is negligent, it is necessary to see if any rules or regulations were violated. It is also necessary to determine if the company acted, or failed to act, in a way that no reasonable trucking company would have done.

An Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
Holding a trucking company responsible for a truck accident can often be the best way to ensure you are fully compensated after the crash. However, you need to have some evidence that the trucking company (or its employee) did something wrongful in the line of duty.

An Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer can help you to evaluate whether you have a case, assist you in gathering evidence and fight for your right to be "made whole," after the accident. "Made whole," means put back in the position where you'd have been if the accident had not occurred.  To be made whole, you need to recover compensation for medical bills and costs; lost income; pain and suffering; emotional distress and possibly other damages.

To learn more about how the Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., will help you to fight for your rights, give us a call at (855) 424-6587  or contact us online today for a free no obligation consultation.

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