I’m a truck driver who was injured in a crash in Atlanta. What are my legal options?

There are millions of tractor trailers registered for use in the U.S. that travel along the roadways moving products and equipment to where they need to be. The vast majority of truck drivers are very competent, careful, and highly skilled. For many truck drivers, trucking can be an intense profession that requires long days and weeks on the roads, which can lead to exhaustion. Trucking deadlines can be tight and the pressure to drive for longer periods than allowed may be intense, which can lead to catastrophic accidents for truck drivers.

Regardless of who is responsible for causing an accident involving a tractor trailer, drivers are entitled to receive compensation. Most commercial truckers are covered by workers’ compensation, even if they are at fault for the accident. Workers’ compensation typically provides coverage for medical care, disability benefits, partial wages, and vocational training if the trucker is prevented from returning to his or her former position after the accident.

In some cases, the accident may be caused by the negligent actions of a third party. In that case, the injured trucker can file a lawsuit against the responsible individual. The lawsuit can seek compensation for the damages and pain and suffering not covered under workers’ compensation. If a truck driver was killed, his or her family may also be able to pursue benefits under workers’ compensation, a civil lawsuit, or both. Continue reading

I was hit by a tractor trailer because it could not stop in time. Can I sue the trucking company or the driver?

Because of their massive size and weight, as well as the speeds at which they travel, tractor trailers or semi-trucks are difficult to bring to a complete stop, especially when needing to do so quickly. One of the most common causes of commercial trucking accidents is a failure to account for additional stopping distance. If a driver fails to take the necessary precautions to avoid an accident, the driver and his or her employer may be held liable for any damages that occur as a result.

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