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Who is Liable in a Truck Accident in Georgia?

Last Updated on June 16, 2021 by Theodore Spaulding

In this video, trial attorney Ted Spaulding reviews liability in personal injury cases during truck accidents in Georgia. 

Hi, Ted Spaulding here, founder, lead trial attorney at Spaulding Injury Law. Thanks for watching this video. We’re gonna answer the question, who is liable in a truck accident in Georgia? So, the answer to this question is really important. It’s a great question to ask if you’re involved in a truck accident case here in Georgia. We’re talking tractor-trailer, semi, 18-wheeler, a commercial vehicle, all of those kind of fit in that same category. So, who’s liable? Well, in your standard tractor-trailer wreck case, there are multiple potential people entities that could be responsible for your wreck, and they all can be responsible in tandem, if you will. And that’s what makes truck accident cases so difficult to handle on your own. And why I always recommend if you’re in a serious truck accident, you need to speak with a lawyer and hire a lawyer. There are too many variables to do this on your own.

 

So who’s potentially liable? Who can you sue is the question. So, number one, the truck driver themselves, all right? They are one of the ultimate responsible parties, right? They’re the ones that were negligent, either violated a federal law, or a Georgia rules of the road law, right, in causing this wreck. Number two is their company, if they’re on the job at the time of the wreck. Ninety-nine percent of the time they are. So, the trucking company would be the next party to look at for potential liability. Beyond that, it starts to get tricky, and it depends on what the facts are. So, one, there could be a shipping company that performed negligently in the sense that they hired to have this truck loaded, and the trailer may be overloaded, and that’s part of why this occurred. They could be responsible for certain federal regulation violations, multitude of things. Beyond the shipper could be an independent dispatch company that might be like a logistics company that might be involved in hooking up the trucking company with the shipper or with the product, buyer or the seller, you never know. So, they could be involved, the buyer or the seller could be involved. There’s so many different layers that could occur here. You got to know what you’re doing. And that’s why you got to hire an attorney that handles these types of cases. Not every personal injury lawyer really has a lot of experience with truck accident cases, they are more difficult. We’re typically talking much larger injuries, therefore more at risk, there’s more insurance coverage involved. All of these factors create this environment where the stakes are really high. The other side’s gonna hire lawyers very quickly, I’ve done a couple of other videos and articles on this subject matter. You’re already behind the eight ball, you got to get a lawyer involved starting to investigate for this exact topic who all is potentially at fault. You need to get in there and start that investigation immediately.

 

So, that hopefully answers the general question of who all is potentially at fault in a truck accident case in Georgia. Please comment to this video below. Go to our website if you have any other questions related to tractor-trailer, semi, 18-wheeler, commercial vehicle truck wreck cases. We have a ton of information on our website at spauldinginjurylaw.com. Reach out to us, we’d be happy to answer any questions free of charge. We wanna make sure everyone understands their rights, understands what their case is all about. Thanks so much for watching this video.

Theodore Spaulding, attorney

For close to 15 years, Mr. Spaulding has helped victims of negligence across the state of Georgia resolve personal injury disputes, and he’s received a remarkable number of awards and honors from the legal community recognizing his commitment to clients and to the metro-Atlanta area.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Spaulding belonged to the Phi Beta Kappa honors fraternity at the University of Georgia, and he obtained his legal training at the Georgia State College of Law, where he clerked for the Honorable Judge Rowland Barnes of the Fulton County Superior Court. Mr. Spaulding has also worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Atlanta Enforcement Division. Since 2005, he has dedicated his career to helping the injured victims of negligence and their loved ones win justice in Georgia’s personal injury courts.