Many factors can affect liability in car accident cases in Atlanta. Passengers may have their own insurance policies, or one or more parties may be uninsured. Additionally, a driver may be behind the wheel of a vehicle they do not own.
Who is liable if the driver of a company vehicle causes an accident – the employee or the business?
Commercial vehicle accidents can involve tractor-trailers, busses, and other vehicles owned by one party and operated by an employee or independent contractor.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 116,000 crashes involving large trucks and busses in 2017. 4,889 of these wrecks were fatal – a 9-percent increase from 2016.
A 2018 report from FMCSA cites the following as some major causes of accidents involving large trucks:
Atlanta businesses that use commercial vehicles have a duty of care to other motorists. If you or a loved one were hurt in an accident involving a car or truck owned by a business, speak to a personal injury lawyer who will investigate if they should be held liable for negligent hiring practices.
Say you are attempting to make a left turn from North Druid Hills. A truck owned by a business fails to maintain its lane, hitting you and forcing you into a head-on collision with a third vehicle. Your car is totaled, and you suffer internal and external injuries.
Your attorneys investigate and discover that the commercial vehicle driver had an extensive history of traffic violations.
This case will have several liable parties: the driver, the supervisor who hired him without proper screening, and the company that owns the vehicle.
Each of these cases will be litigated independently, but you don’t have to worry about that. Your attorneys will handle the legal proceedings while you recover from your injuries.
If you were injured by a commercial vehicle on of Atlanta’s roadways, contact Atlanta’s best personal injury attorney at the Davis Injury Firm. No private citizen should have to bear the costs of accidents caused by careless companies.
Speak to attorney Betty Davis right now at (404) 593-2620 – you don’t pay until we win.