Georgia accidents involving trucks are often caused by the truck in some way. Sometimes it is the truck driver's negligence for overcompensating while driving or being distracted. Other times it is the truck's owner who fails to properly maintain the vehicle. If you are the victim of a truck accident it is important to have an experienced truck accident attorney in Clayton County.
A recent case that was settled in another state emphasizes the need for all drivers to be aware when sharing the road with commercial trucks. The cases involved an accident where a dump truck was rear-ended by a pickup truck pulling a trailer. The pickup truck's driver was killed in the accident while the dump truck's driver was uninjured. An accident investigation revealed that the dump truck was traveling below the speed limit because of mechanical problems. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.
Any vehicle with mechanical failures is a hazard to other motorists. Georgia law dictates that a motor vehicle operator on state highways is responsible for all injuries resulting from the negligent or careless operation of the vehicle. Driving a vehicle that has mechanical problems can be held to be negligent when the mechanical problems make that vehicle a roadway hazard.
The truck's owner is responsible for maintaining the vehicle such that it would not create a roadway hazard. The owner would be liable for the accident's resulting injuries or death if maintenance neglect is the cause of the fatal accident.
Evidence that a truck was not properly maintained or had preventable mechanical failures could cause the truck driver, the trucking company and its insurance carrier to be found legally responsible for a victim's injuries and damages, including wrongful death. This may include loss of wages, medical expenses and property damage.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in a truck accident, meet with a truck accident lawyer at Shane Smith Law. We can assist you in every stage of your case including obtaining the available evidence, so give us a call for your free consultation today at (980) 246-2656