A Class A driver’s license is a requirement for truck drivers. When improperly trained or inexperienced drivers are put behind the wheel, this poses a serious risk to others. In fact, it could be a cause for your crash. For help evaluating possible contributing factors, contact a personal injury attorney in Atlanta as soon as possible.
Establishing Liability for Truck Accidents
When an accident occurs with a large truck, victims want to know who can be held liable for resulting injuries. Depending on the circumstances, both the driver and the trucking company could be at fault.
A personal injury attorney first will consider the cause of the accident. Let’s say it was discovered that the driver was going too fast. Obviously this would be the fault of the driver. Unless the trucking company instructed the driver to disobey speed limits or put undue pressure on the driver to meet an unreasonable deadline, it probably doesn't have much liability in this case.
But if your attorney uncovers evidence that shows the driver was inexperienced or not properly trained, this can put responsibility on the employer as well. Even if speeding was the cause of the accident, it may be found that inexperience or lack of training contributed. If the company knew the driver did not possess proper qualifications – which it should when hiring – then it may be found liable.
Establishing the liability of the truck company in a personal injury case can be tricky in some cases. Obtaining company documents can be a challenge for some victims, but a resourceful attorney may be more successful in this regard. Driver qualification files may be a good source of evidence if you suspect an unqualified or inexperienced driver caused the accident.
There are special training requirements for entry-level truck drivers to obtain a Class A driver’s license. When corners are cut or deceptive practices are involved, the driver and employer may be liable.
Contacting a Personal Injury Attorney in Atlanta
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2010, there were 152 fatalities involving large trucks in Georgia. Although truck crashes don’t comprise the majority of accidents on the road, they may be more catastrophic due to the weight and size of big rigs. To learn if you have a viable claim, contact the Law Offices of Jason Schultz. For a FREE consultation about truck accident liability, call our law firm today – 1-404-474-0804.