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Commercial vehicle accidents a concern for Georgia residents

Car accidents happen every day in Georgia. Some are just minor fender benders, and others have more serious or fatal consequences. Commercial vehicle accidents, such as those involving semis or other larger vehicles, often result in serious injuries or worse.

The sheer size and weight of these commercial vehicles is a leading factor in the disastrous outcomes that result from these incidents. These vehicles, when fully loaded, can weigh well over 25 times more than a typical passenger car. Knowing this information, it is easy to understand how such damage can be inflicted with minimal effort.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2006, accidents with larger trucks resulted in almost 5,000 deaths and over 100,000 injuries nationwide. The truck drivers can't be blamed in all of these cases, though. Other outside factors could have contributed but, in some cases, negligence on part of the commercial vehicle driver may have been a leading cause. If negligence is suspected and legal claims are filed, several factors would need to be met, including:

  • The driver and/or his or her employer is responsible for exercising a reasonable degree of care to avoid causing harm.
  • The driver and/or his or her employer failed to exercise reasonable care.
  • That failure to exercise reasonable care led to the victim's injuries.

Georgia residents who have been injured in commercial vehicle accidents will likely require extensive medical care and rehabilitation. This can come at a significant cost financially, physically and emotionally. Victims of these incidents retain the right to pursue legal action against the driver and/or his or her employer. If negligence is confirmed and liability established to the satisfaction of a Georgia civil court, financial relief may be awarded to provide for the monetary losses encountered as a result of the crash.

Source: findlaw.com, "Truck Accident Overview", , Aug. 22, 2014

Source: findlaw.com, "Truck Accident Overview", , Aug. 22, 2014

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