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Trucking Company Liability in a Georgia Large Truck Accident

July 21, 2019

It seems clear that someone injured in a large truck accident would look into a legal claim against the truck driver, but that person should also explore the possibility of pursuing a claim against the trucking company, as well. Georgia law allows for injured parties to file claims against both employees and employers under certain circumstances.

Both truck drivers and trucking companies are governed by state and federal regulations. In the event of an accident, the driver and the company might have committed errors that contributed to the collision and to the injuries of the victims. Under theories of direct and vicarious liability, a victim can pursue a lawsuit against both.

If the trucking company is directly liable for an accident, this means that the company committed a violation on its own. For instance, the company might have neglected to address an issue with the truck that eventually led to an equipment failure and an accident. 

Alternatively, if a trucking company is vicariously liable for an accident, this means the company is indirectly responsible for the actions of the truck driver. Vicarious liability trucking lawsuits might include the following kinds of allegations:

  • Negligent hiring – The trucking company was negligent in hiring the trucker because of the trucker’s background, the trucker’s driving infractions, or another issue with the driver that the company failed to uncover or disregarded. 
  • Negligent entrustment – The trucking company was negligent in allowing the trucker to operate one of its semi-trucks due to some issue in the driver’s background, history, etc.
  • Negligent training – The trucking company did not properly train the driver to operate the truck in question after having had problems with the driver in the past. 

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Category: Truck Accidents

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