Crashes involving commercial trucks and passenger vehicles are often extremely serious, with passenger vehicle drivers and occupants sustaining the brunt of the injuries and damages. Though truckers might have made careless or dangerous mistakes behind the wheel, they often lack sufficient insurance coverage or assets to fully compensate victims for their losses.
Fortunately, thanks to vicarious liability laws, if a truck driver causes a crash while carrying out employment duties, you may also be able to hold the transportation company accountable.
Under the law, truckers are considered agents of their employers. As a result, if they cause an accident while:
- Under the influence of drugs or alcohol,
- Violating traffic laws,
- Engaging in other hazardous conduct;
Legally, it’s as if the trucking company itself did so.
Trucking companies have an obligation to hire safe drivers and when they don’t, they may be liable for the crashes, injuries, and other losses that occur as a result. However, vicarious liability laws might not apply if the truck driver was an independent contractor or the accident occurred outside the scope of their employment, which is why it’s important to consult an attorney about your case as soon as possible.
How Van Sant Law Can Help You
Injured in a Georgia truck accident? You may be able to seek compensation for a wide range of damages, including medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. Working with a knowledgeable and skilled attorney increases your chances of receiving a fair financial recovery.
In addition to helping you understand your rights and options, the truck crash attorneys with Van Sant Law can help you identify potentially liable parties and fight for damages. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.