Driving a semi-truck is inherently different from driving a car. Semi-trucks can weigh around 3,000 pounds. With this amount of weight, truck drivers must attend special training in order to understand how to safely navigate the roads in a way that will protect the safety of all drivers.
A recent accident in Georgia questions the driving of a semi-truck driver. The truck accident occurred on Sledge Road. The driver of the semi was headed south when the front right corner of his truck hit the end of a pick-up truck in front of him. The driver of the pick-up was sent to Macon Medical Center with broken bones and a head injury. The semi driver was not injured. The police have charged the semi-truck driver with driving too fast for conditions.
When a truck driver does not take the necessary safety precautions, a serious or even fatal accident can occur. In fact, in 2001 large truck crashes accounted for 5,350 fatalities. When these drivers are not driving with the amount of care necessary to protect others, legal relief may be available to the injured party.
The state of Georgia allows injured parties to come forward and request compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. This lawsuit is brought against the responsible party. A responsible party may be the driver of the truck, but it could also be a company that did not properly train the driver, or a products company that did not produce a safe piece of equipment.
Regardless of who is responsible, the injured party must show that the responsible party was negligent. Negligence is demonstrated when the injured party proves that the other party did not act in a reasonable way to ensure safety and protect against injury. An individual that drives in a reckless way that is unsafe for conditions, for example, may be found negligent.
Once an individual demonstrates negligence, they are able to petition the court for money damages. In Georgia, these damages can be awarded for pain and suffering, missed time at work, past and future medical expenses and other expenses related to the accident.
Personal injury claims in Georgia can start to get complex when deciding who to hold responsible and how to proceed. Injured parties can best protect their rights by seeking the assistance of an experienced legal professional.
Source: FOX 31, “One airlifted in Saturday Sledge Road semi crash,” Nov. 3, 2013