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It’s natural to feel upset or even angry after a truck accident has left you or someone you love with serious injuries. Victims might want to hold the truck driver responsible for what occurred— both to find peace and to help prevent a similar pain for another family. Additionally, traumatic emotional and physical recoveries that put them at a disadvantage at work are very often left to the victims. Payments keep piling up from the accident-related medical care and from everyday life. It can be tough to keep up and financial stress only contributes to the trauma caused by the accident.
Victims just want justice and compensation, but they may not be sure where to turn or who is responsible for their injuries. The answer can be complicated in cases involving commercial vehicles. The most common parties involved, however, include:
- Truck carrier company. The company which owns the truck and works with the driver can also be criminally negligent. They can be held responsible if they fail to exercise due diligence when they hire or train drivers and inspect and maintain vehicles. Additionally, companies have pressured their drivers to ignore federal mandates to deliver their load faster. This is both irresponsible and unlawful.
- Freight shipper. This sort of company might have overloaded or misloaded the truck. Commercial trucks usually carry very heavy loads. If this freight is not properly filled, it can start moving during the journey. Cargo can also fall off trucks if not properly secured. If this happens, the driver may find it difficult to foresee and control the vehicle that can cause accidents. If the cargo company has not followed the proper process to ensure load stability, it can be held accountable.
- Truck maintenance company. Trucks are often required to undergo frequent routine maintenance. If a maintenance company’s employee failed to fix a malfunction that caused an accident, the company could be held responsible.
- The governing body which has engineered, constructed or developed the road could be held liable if the road (or a construction zone) was not made safe for drivers.
- Manufacturer of truck parts. Companies producing vehicles have a public duty to make sure their products are completely safe. If a car manufacturer fails to do just that, he or she can be held responsible. Whether it is defective parts or simply a poor design, even the most responsible and experienced driver may not be able to prevent an accident when a truck experiences a mechanical malfunction.
Contact a Georgia Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a truck, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you figure out what to do next. If you or someone you know are suffering due to a car accident, contact an attorney to discuss your personal injury case, as well as your injuries. With a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer’s help, you or your loved one can get the help you need to overcome the injuries and financial impact of a car accident. To arrange a consultation, call us today at (770) 766-0555