If you’ve been involved in a personal injury accident and you are interested in suing a negligent driver, our lawyers are on your side. We will fight for your rights to gain the compensation you deserve.
Suing a negligent tractor-trailer driver in Georgia
- According to Georgia laws, liability is not automatically assumed when a collision with a tractor-trailer occurs. The person who was injured must show that either the trucking company and/or the tractor-trailer driver acted in a negligent manner. If this is not proven, then damages most likely won’t be recovered.
- Also, truck drivers that are involved in interstate business become subject to Georgia laws, as well as to federal regulations. More specifically, trucking companies must follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
- These regulations entail explicit details regarding the hiring processes of truck drivers and how many hours per day they are allowed to drive.
- If you become injured and want to sue, you can sue the trucking company under the respondeat superior theory. In order for the injured person to sue under respondeat superior, it must be proven that, at the time of the accident, the driver was furthering the company’s business; and it also must be proven that the truck driver acted within the scope of his/her job duties.
Suing a negligent automobile driver
- Under Georgia law, a negligent driver can be sued for causing a chain of incidents related to his/her initial negligent actions.
- For instance, in an automobile accident, if the two injured parties driving separate cars can prove that the first party acted in negligence, then those two injured parties can sue the negligent automobile driver.
Georgia laws to sue a negligent drunk driver
- Georgia law allows you to sue a bar or a liquor store that served an already intoxicated person.
- If the bar or liquor store knowingly serves alcohol to a person who is visibly intoxicated, and then he/she commits a DUI accident due to negligence, then the injured party has the right to sue the bar or liquor store who sold him/her the alcohol.
- In sum, under Georgia law, in order to sue a negligent drunk driver, the injured party must prove that the intoxicated driver or the responsible parties (restaurant, liquor store, bar, etc) acted with negligence. One must always remember that those encouraging intoxicated behaviors are just as liable as the negligent drunk driver who committed the accident.
Rest-assured, our Link & Smith, P.C. attorneys will help you and your family to exercise your rights to file a lawsuit against a negligent driver.