A handful of major highways run through and around Alpharetta, increasing the odds of having to drive near large commercial trucks. State Routes 9, 120, 140, 372, and 400 see hundreds of big rigs every day, often on their way in and out of neighboring Atlanta – not to mention the semis that constantly run up and down 1-75 and 285. There’s no avoiding large trucks on most commutes and drives in Fulton County. Throughout the state of Georgia in 2015, 182 traffic accident deaths involved large trucks. If you or a loved one has been in a truck crash in Alpharetta, talk with our attorneys at Kaufman Law, P.C. We might be able to secure you compensation.
Can You Sue for a Truck Accident?
Several things make truck accidents different from typical vehicle collisions. The sheer size and weight of a large truck often result in more catastrophic and fatal accidents. Truck drivers play unique roles on the roads, with federal laws they must obey on top of state and local ones. They’re often under a lot of pressure to get to their destinations and more prone to drowsy driving than most drivers. Another difference is that, in most cases, victims can sue the trucking company.
In a collision with a normal driver, your options for bringing a lawsuit are generally limited to the individual driver, unless he or she happens to be working for a company at the time of the accident, or if a third party such as a product manufacturer contributed to the incident. In an accident with a truck driver, the issue of vicarious liability arises. Vicarious liability describes the responsibility of an employer or company for the actions of its employees. Although most truck drivers are independent contractors, federal law still makes trucking companies liable for their actions.
There is a high probability of being able to sue the truck company after a crash. This could be the case if the truck driver caused the crash through negligence, distraction, careless driving, or recklessness. It could also be true if the trucking company is guilty of negligence, such as failing to train its employees, maintain its fleet, or dangerously pressuring drivers to break the rules to make it somewhere on time. Most trucking accidents involve the fault of two or more parties. Other defendants can include a third-party driver, truck part manufacturer, fleet maintenance crew, or the City of Alpharetta for a roadway defect.
Don’t Go Up Against a Truck Company on Your Own
After a crash with a big rig that leaves you or a loved one seriously injured, count on Kaufman Law, P.C. to investigate your accident, identify the defendant(s), and pursue maximum compensation through hard-hitting settlement negotiation or a strong case before a judge and jury. Our team has more than 40 years of experience helping truck accident clients, with positive results for many seriously injured and killed crash victims. We know how truck accidents work and have gone up against several major trucking companies in and around Atlanta, Alpharetta, and Fulton County.
At Kaufman Law, P.C., we’re sensitive to the intricacies of commercial trucking accidents in Alpharetta. We know exactly how to maximize your odds of fair compensation. Let us discuss your case with you during a complimentary consultation. Get in touch with our local Alpharetta attorneys at (404) 355-4000.