Georgia Truck Accident
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 1,241 people died in trucking accidents in Georgia in 2006. Due to the large number of parties and the numerous state and federal regulations covering truck operation, truck accidents in the Peach State are also complicated to investigate for liability. The truck driver, owner, insurance company, cargo owner, and truck manufacturer may all become involved in a truck accident investigation.
Georgia Insurance and Licensing Regulations
Truck drivers in Georgia are under the oversight of both Georgia state laws and federal regulations. Agencies including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) come into play after a trucking accident occurs in Georgia. Outcomes can vary depending on whether the truck was carrying goods across state lines (interstate commerce) or only operating within the state.
Georgia law requires truckers to carry special licenses and charges drivers special taxes on trucking fuel. In addition, truckers must be insured. The federal government requires at least $750,000 in trucking insurance for drivers who cross state lines to cover property damage and injury and up to $5,000,000 if hazardous materials are being hauled.
Litigating a Claim in Georgia
If you are involved in a Georgia truck accident, be aware that the state statute of limitations clock begins ticking at the time of the accident. Personal injury claims must be filed within two years and property damage claims within four years of the accident. It is a good idea to retain an attorney experienced with Georgia truck accident law who can walk you through the often lengthy and complicated process of Georgia truck accident litigation.
If You Are Involved in a Truck Accident
Given the complexity of truck accident law, it is essential to have an experienced Georgia truck accident lawyer on hand. Your attorney will help sort out the confusing world of involved parties, laws, and insurance regulations as you pursue a truck accident claim. Your attorney can also help determine who is at fault as well as help file and follow through with claim forms as you seek compensatory damages for personal injury and property damages. Your Georgia truck accident attorney can also help you recover monetary damages for injuries, property damage, medical expenses, and/or future medical care.
Your attorney's expert investigators will conduct a thorough investigation to uncover contributing factors including, but not limited to, driver fatigue, road conditions, weather, potential manufacturing defects, and the influence of alcohol or drugs.
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