Earlier this month, an accident occurred near S.R. 20, Cumming Highway, and Hightower Road. According to local Georgia news reports, the accident involved a truck and a school bus that was transporting students of the Cherokee School District. Apparently, the driver of the truck ran through a stop sign and proceeded to enter an intersection on S.R. 369. The school bus was traveling west on S.R. 20 when it hit the left side of the truck that ran through the light.
The truck driver received a citation because he did not stop at the stop sign or yield at the intersection. Fortunately, there was only one student on the bus at the time, and he suffered only minor injuries. However, the bus driver suffered some injuries to his hand and was treated at a local hospital. The highway was blocked for some time and did not reopen until about 9:40 a.m. that morning.
Who is Liable in a Trucking Accident?
Accidents always have a risk of causing serious harm and risk to individuals. However, when trucks are involved, those risks are exponentially increased. In the case of trucking accidents, many people choose to file suits against the truck driver if he or she was acting negligently in the operation of his or her vehicle. Although the most common defendant in these cases is the truck driver, it is important to note that many times the trucking company can be held liable as well.
Some examples of negligence by a truck driver can include failing to yield or stop at a stop sign or just generally driving recklessly. Some other examples of negligence include distracted driving, fatigued driving, and failing to maintain the truck in proper working order.
In certain circumstances, not only is the truck driver at fault but also the employer who hired him or her to drive the truck. Some ways an employer may exhibit negligence are by failing to properly train or instruct the driver, or by failing to adequately investigate the driver’s history and prior accidents. Additionally, if the trucking company requires the driver to drive for extremely long periods of time, which can induce fatigue, it may be creating an unnecessary risk of a serious accident.
It is important to note that in these cases it is crucial to add all proper parties within the time limits set by the jurisdiction where the case is filed. The best way to ensure that all rules are followed is to contact an attorney who is experienced in this area.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured as Result of an Accident?
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of an accident, you may be able to bring a personal injury or wrongful death suit against the culpable parties. As was discussed above, there are often many parties and entities to deal with, including other victims, employers, and even insurance companies. It is important to contact an attorney to strategically plan your case and to assist you in all stages of the lawsuit. If you are successful, you may be compensated for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and possibly other damages. Contact one of our attorneys today at 770-284-3727 to schedule your free initial consultation.
See Related Blog Posts
Georgia Truck Accident Kills Three in the Same Family, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, December 17, 2014.
Georgia Woman Dies in South Carolina Accident, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, October 13, 2014.