Due to an increased demand for online retailers, delivery trucks are common on Atlanta roads. While many of these vehicles operate without incident, some of these drivers may engage in dangerous driving behaviors to deliver their items on time — leading to severe injury and even death.
If you are the victim of a commercial truck accident, the Atlanta delivery truck accident attorneys at Hilley & Frieder, P.C. are here for you. We will advocate aggressively for your right to compensation from consultation to settlement.
Under Georgia law, employers are liable for any negligent actions their employees commit while performing their work-related duties. These include delivery services and companies such as UPS, Amazon, FedEx, and DHL. When you file a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim for your injuries, you will likely file a claim against the company itself.
The driver responsible for your accident may not be an employee, but an independent contractor. Employers usually waive their liability for the actions of contractors, but Georgia law allows you to hold the company accountable under criteria in Section 51-2-5 of the Official Code of Georgia.
If your case meets the state-defined criteria, you may file a claim against the company. If your case does not, you may have to file a claim against the at-fault driver and his or her private insurance. If the cause of your injury involves a third party, such as the manufacturer of a defective part, you could file a lawsuit against the third party directly.
You can trace most causes of delivery truck accidents to one common contributor: negligence. Dangerous driving behaviors that stem from wanting to complete a route and meet company deadlines can cause serious harm to Atlanta motorists.
Some of the most common causes of delivery truck accidents include the following:
If an Atlanta delivery driver’s negligence caused your injuries, you may be eligible for compensation through a civil lawsuit or insurance claim. The Atlanta deliver truck accident lawyers at Hilley & Frieder, P.C. are here to guide you through these claims processes so you can rest, recover, and focus on healing.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and learn more about your legal options.