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Who Is Responsible for Losses Caused by Truck Accidents?

Each year, thousands of people are injured or killed in accidents involving large trucks. If you or a loved one is one of the victims of a wreck involving a commercial vehicle, the Atlanta, Georgia truck accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., can help you to obtain monetary compensation for your losses. Give us a call today at 855-814-8949 to learn more.

Responsibility for Truck Accidents
Under Georgia laws, a driver who is negligent or who breaks safety rules can become legally liable if he causes an accident. This fault rule applies not only to motorists in passenger cars but also to truck drivers who operate commercial vehicles.  It is up to the injured accident victims to prove that the other driver was to blame in order to obtain monetary compensation after a crash.

However, when a truck accident happens, the truck driver may not be the only one who is to blame for the crash and who is considered responsible for covering losses.

If the truck driver works for an employer or company, then the employer may also be legally liable for the accident.  Employers can be liable through their own negligence or through "agency," rules that make them legally responsible for the acts of their employees.

Understanding all of the different people who are responsible for a truck accident is very important since the losses caused by the crash may be very great.  The losses that you should be compensated for can include:
  • Past and future medical bills and costs.
  • Lost income/wages or missed time from work.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Emotional distress.
  • Wrongful death (damages paid to surviving family members in fatal truck wrecks, including damages for loss of companionship).
A truck driver alone may not have sufficient insurance to cover the costs and losses, but a trucking company with deeper pockets may be better able to pay for your damages.

An Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
At Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., our caring and experienced truck accident lawyers have handled many cases in which clients were injured in truck wrecks. We understand how stressful and frightening it is to take legal action and we can help you with matters including:
  • Injuries arising from trucking company negligence.
  • Injuries arising from trucking company liability for dangerous drivers.
  • Accidents and injuries caused by careless truck drivers
  • Taking steps to file a claim against a trucking company
In every case, we work to ensure that you get the full protections available under Georgia law. Whether we are helping you to negotiate an out-of-court settlement or whether we are representing you in a court of law, we put our legal experience to work to ensure that the appropriate party is held responsible for all of your losses caused by a truck crash.

To learn more about how our Atlanta, Georgia truck accident lawyers can help with your accident claim, give us a call at 404-814-8949 or use our online contact form to get in touch.

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