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An Experienced Albany Trucking Accident Attorney Explains Your Legal Rights

Truck accidents result in serious and fatal injuries at disproportionately high rates. In many cases, accident victims’ losses will far exceed the coverage available under standard drivers’ auto insurance policies. Fortunately, under the law of “vicarious liability,” accident victims and their families will often be able to pursue claims against trucking companies based on their drivers’ negligence. Holding a trucking company accountable based on vicarious liability requires the representation of an experienced Albany trucking accident attorney.

At Searcy Denney, we handle commercial truck accident cases throughout southern Georgia, and we have had significant success recovering full compensation for our clients’ losses. If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one, we can help you recover, and we urge you to contact us about your case right away.

What is “Vicarious Liability” in a Commercial Truck Accident Case?

The law of vicarious liability makes employers legally responsible for their employees’ conduct. As long as an employee is acting “within the scope of employment,” then his or her employer can be held liable just as if the employer had engaged in wrongful or negligent conduct directly. In virtually all circumstances, a truck driver who is behind the wheel will be considered to be acting within the scope of his or her employment, and this means that trucking companies can be held vicariously liable for truck accidents in most cases. This includes cases involving:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Driving under the influence of prescription, over-the-counter or illegal drugs
  • Speeding, tailgating and other forms of reckless driving
  • Lane changing errors, merging errors and other types of driving mistakes

Why is vicarious liability important for truck accident victims? As we mentioned above, the losses stemming from a commercial truck accident can be substantial. Trucking companies know this (and they also know that they can be held liable for their drivers’ negligence), so they purchase insurance coverage to protect their assets when they get sued. As a result, in a typical case, a vicarious liability claim will provide an opportunity to recover full compensation even if the victim’s (or the family’s) losses are well into the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars.

Vicarious Liability vs. Direct Liability in Trucking Accident Lawsuits

In addition to facing vicarious liability, in many cases trucking companies can face direct liability as well. This is liability based on the trucking company’s own negligence—such as hiring an inexperienced driver or forcing a driver to spend long hours behind the wheel while fatigued. When seeking financial compensation, it is important to pursue all avenues of recovery; and, at Searcy Denney, we have the knowledge and experience you need to move on.

Contact Us to Discuss Your Georgia Truck Accident Claim with an Experienced Albany Trucking Accident Attorney

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident in Albany, we encourage you to get in touch. To schedule a free, no-obligation with one of our highly-experienced attorneys, call 888-549-7011 or contact us online today.


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