This is the next post in my series on the handling of Atlanta, Georgia trucking accident cases. My last article provided an overview of topics which this series will be addressing and it stressed the need to contact an attorney immediately if you or a loved one have been involved in a wreck. It is important that you contact counsel sooner, rather than later, in order to ensure that your rights remain fully protected. In this article I will discuss the need to identify all of the possible defendants in such matters. If you require assistance then contact my office today to speak with a personal injury lawyer.
Atlanta trucking accident cases may involve multiple defendants
Trucking accident cases are different from conventional car wrecks. This is partly due to the fact that such cases can involve multiple defendants. If the truck’s driver was handling the vehicle in a negligent fashion then, for obvious reasons, he or she will be named as a defendant. However, our state holds employers responsible for the acts of their employees. This means that the vehicle’s owner, whether it is an individual or a corporation, will also be seen as liable for the driver’s negligence. Also, depending on the circumstances, the party who contracted with the trucking company can possibly be named in a lawsuit. Naming such a party would be possible if it can be shown that they had reason to believe that the truck would be driven in a negligent or dangerous fashion. The involvement of numerous defendants can greatly complicate these types of cases.
Atlanta area victims must also understand that the various defendants in such cases may face different theories of liability. The driver, for example, would face liability for the negligent operation of the vehicle. The owner, however, could also face liability for claims of negligent hiring and supervision if it can be shown that they had reason to believe that the driver posed a threat. Depending on the extent to which the truck’s owners, or any other defendants, ignored the warning signs of danger, then it may be possible to seek punitive damages as well.
Atlanta trucking accident victims should retain an experienced lawyer
It is crucial that you retain an experienced lawyer if you or a loved one have been injured. Experienced counsel will understand the steps necessary in identifying various defendants and in determining whether there is a valid claim against such parties. If you retain a lesser experienced firm then you run the risk of a defendant possibly being omitted from the lawsuit. I was first admitted to practice law in 1978 and my firm is ready to assist you with such matters. Contact us today to speak with an Atlanta trucking accident lawyer.
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