There are many reasons why a semi-truck may cause an accident with a passenger vehicle. Multiple parties may be responsible for a collision, but in a majority of cases, the driver of the truck is at least partially at fault due to their negligence. Generally, this negligence involves either a failure to adhere to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations or to Atlanta traffic laws.
Here a few examples of truck driver negligence:
- Failure to acquire proper commercial licensure and training.
- Failing to take required breaks from driving.
- Failing to properly secure hazardous materials or other cargo.
- Driving at an excessive rate of speed.
- Following too closely behind another vehicle.
- Failing to stop at a stop sign.
- Driving while distracted.
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Trucking companies may also be liable for accidents
Commercial truck drivers who are negligent behind the wheel may be held liable for damages if their negligence contributed to or caused a trucking accident. Additionally, their employer may be vicariously liable for their driver’s negligence, under the theory of respondeat superior. Employers may also be liable for negligently hiring, supervising, or training their drivers.
Can drivers of passenger vehicles recover damages even if they are also negligent?
In a modified comparative negligence state like Georgia, drivers can recover compensation after an accident as long as they are less than 50 percent at fault for the accident. The damages they receive will be reduced based on the fault apportioned to them. For example, if you are 30 percent at fault for an accident, your damages will be reduced by 30 percent.
Truck drivers are operating dangerous vehicles and have a duty to abide by all laws and regulations to ensure the safety of other travelers. If a truck driver is negligent, they may be liable for victim’s medical expenses, lost wages, and other expenses related to the accident.