While most employees in Georgia and across the United States are covered by workers' compensation insurance, railroad workers have a different type of insurance against on-the-job injuries. The Federal Employers Liability Act protects railroad employees and offers compensation for work-related injuries, but it differs from workers' compensation in several ways.
When we hail a cab, board a bus or get stuck behind an 18-wheeler in traffic, we are likely not giving much -- or any -- thought to the fact that these are all commercial vehicles. Commercial vehicles include buses, trucks, taxis, limos, delivery vans, shuttles and other types of motor vehicles that transport people or goods.
After a serious accident, you can be enormously overwhelmed by everything that seems to happen in the blink of an eye. Injuries need medical attention; your car may be completely destroyed; you have to speak with insurance agents and police officers.
As one can imagine, when a passenger car collides with an 18-wheeler, it can be catastrophic for the driver of the smaller vehicle. Such was the case for one driver who was critically injured on Saturday, Dec. 19, in an accident in Augusta.
One of the major responsibilities that commercial vehicle owners and operators have is to make sure their vehicles are safe and properly maintained. These enormous vehicles can sustain heavy wear-and-tear due to the fact that they travel long distances and often carry very heavy cargo.
Any motor vehicle accident can change your life in the blink of an eye. But when a crash is major, the aftermath may not just be life-changing; it could be life-threatening.
Many Georgia residents are aware of the May 12 Philadelphia Amtrak accident that resulted in multiple fatalities. A conductor of the train involved in the fatal derailment was critically injured and has filed a lawsuit against Amtrak, accusing the company of negligence. The conductor's lawsuit is one of several that have been filed as a result of the accident.
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.