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Can more than one party be accountable for my truck accident in Georgia?

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To get the most out of your claim, you should know if you are able to pursue compensation against more than one individual or entity. In some cases in Georgia, a truck accident can lead to a third-party claim. An attorney can assess your case to determine your legal options.

The driver of the truck may be found liable if it can be established that negligent actions led to the crash. For instance, if the driver violated traffic laws, was inattentive or distracted while driving or otherwise acted in a careless or reckless manner, then he or she may be found liable.

If the operator of the truck was not an independent driver, you may also be able to hold his or her employer liable. The truck can be owned by a construction company, trucking company, waste management company, FedEx, UPS or other entities.

In some cases, the owner of the cab and trailer are different, which could also lead to additional parties being held liable. This will depend on any evidence that suggests the owner played a role in the accident.

Manufacturers could be held liable if defects in parts or equipment are found. If this is the case, various manufacturers may be involved in your claim.

Maintenance companies that are responsible for maintaining and repairing the cab or trailer potentially could be found liable. If it can be established that there was a failure to inspect, maintain or repair the truck properly, this may impact your claim.

Pursuing a truck accident claim can be complicated but is even more so when there is more than one party liable for your accident and injuries. This is why seeking legal counsel would be in your best interest.

Contacting a Georgia Truck Accident Attorney
 
To learn more about the rights of accident victims and what you can do to protect your case, request one of Shane Smith’s books: 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case and Property Damage Guide for Georgia. These books provide valuable tips from an experienced attorney and facts forGeorgia injury victims and are available free of charge toGeorgia accident victims and their families. Contact our offices at 1-770-HURT-999 (1-770-487-8999).
Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia