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I suffered a herniated disc and other serious injuries when a truck driver ran a red light and hit my car. He thinks his brakes went out. Who is liable for my injuries?


There are generally many parties that could be held liable following a crash with a tractor-trailer truck. The concrete facts surrounding the accident will help to identify the responsible party or parties that should be held accountable for your injuries.

It seems like the trucker is blaming his mechanic or trucking manufacturer for his brake failure, but the trucker may also be responsible. The accident investigation will help to identify the exact cause of the crash.

If the truck driver was distracted, driving drugged or drunk, or negligent in any way, such as not taking the required amount of breaks or driving too many hours, then he and his trucking company may be partially liable for your Atlanta trucking accident and injuries.

Additionally, if the trucks brakes did fail, then the responsible parties may include:

  • Vehicle manufacturer
  • Brake manufacturer
  • Mechanic
  • Trucking company

The trucker and trucking company also have a duty to make sure the trucks they have in operation are receiving routine and timely maintenance.  However, trucking companies want to limit their liability and may not be forthcoming with critical evidence. This is why a qualified personal injury lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible in order to review the accident scene and evidence. 

It is important to have a skilled Atlanta truck accident attorney on your side to help you establish liability, preserve accident evidence, and fight for your fair recovery. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 today and find out more about your rights in a free consultation with a qualified personal injury lawyer.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia