Truck Accident FAQ

Atlanta Truck Accident Attorneys Answer Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Accidents

How Do I Prove that the Truck was Liable for the Accident?

Since the trucking industry is federally regulated, if it can be shown that the trucking company made violations, then they could also be responsible for injuries sustained by victims of the accident. Depending on the specific circumstances, there could be others liable as well.

Examples of who could be liable for an accident include:

  • manufacturers
  • shippers
  • leasing companies
  • owners of a truck or trailer

You would need to have an attorney evaluate your case to determine where negligence may have been present to cause your accident and injuries.

What Usually Causes Truck Accidents to Occur?

Aside from overloading of cargo or improper maintenance of the vehicle, the cause of truck accidents is often driver negligence. Pressure put on drivers to get to their destinations quickly and the conditions many are driving under cause many of the driver errors that are attributed to crashes. The combination of vehicle failure and driver failure make trucks the most dangerous vehicles on the road. A few causes of accidents are:

  • brake problems
  • stop and go traffic
  • prescription drug use
  • speeding
  • being unfamiliar with roadway
  • roadway problems
  • sudden stops
  • improper training
  • inadequate surveillance
  • fatigue

If driver training guidelines were not followed, it may be a contributing element of your accident and injuries. In such cases, it may result in both the driver and trucking company being held liable. Whatever you suspect happened, it is crucial that you contact us, the Hart Law Firm in Atlanta, GA, to begin the process of proving liability and getting you the compensation you deserve.

What Kind of Evidence is Used to Prove Liability in Truck Accident Cases?

Documentation, witness reports, and thorough inspections of the injuries sustained and the damage done to their vehicles are just a few examples of the kind of evidence used in court to prove liability. Records such as inspections of the vehicle, driver's personnel file, driver's logbook, and safety violations are crucial in proving liability as well. The police report will include details such as citations issued to any of the drivers involved in the incident and this can indicate who was at fault.

Eyewitness testimony can help support the injured driver's claims. Sometimes, eyewitness testimony may be the only way to really know what could have caused the crash. Photographs of the damaged vehicles, accident scene and injuries can go a long way toward proving fault.

Also, data from an automatic onboard truck recording device could also establish fault by demonstrating whether the driver was rushing to reach the destination or had clocked too many hours behind the wheel.

The skilled and experienced Atlanta, GA trucking accident lawyers at the Hart Law Firm in Atlanta know how to go about gathering the necessary evidence to prove liability in court, and get you the compensation you deserve. Call us at our Atlanta, GA office today at (770) 450-1209.