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What is 'vicarious liability' in Georgia?

This blog has discussed the fact that accidents involving commercial vehicles often have serious and sometimes devastating consequences. Because of the sizes and weight of many of these vehicles, the injuries they can cause tend to be even worse than those in other crashes. Whether a bus full of people, or a truck carrying heavy cargo, commercial vehicle accidents can wreak havoc on the lives of anyone involved in or even near them.

Atlanta-area car wreck kills one, injures many

No matter where in the Atlanta area you drive, whether on small surface streets or divided Interstate highways, the danger of a car accident always looms. While defensive driving tactics and using caution behind the wheel may increase your chances of arriving safely at your destination, there are times when accidents are unavoidable. Unfortunately, sometimes those crashes cause terrible injuries and fatalities.

Atlanta truck drivers are professionals and treated as such

Imagine a huge tractor-trailer bearing down on you in your rear-view mirror. You look to your left and right, but you are blocked in by other vehicles. Relentlessly, the truck keeps coming, and you realize you are about to be hit by a ton of metal and fuel traveling at a high rate of speed. While this is a hypothetical situation, it is all too real for many Atlanta drivers. Due to the city's central location and the convergence of a few interstate highways, Atlanta drivers experience a high volume of commercial vehicle traffic.

Semitrucks: The most dangerous vehicles on the road

In a perfect world, everyone would be driving in a small compact car equipped with modern safety equipment and safety features. These features might include airbags, automatic braking systems, high-quality seatbelts, collapsing steering wheels and specially designed steel frames that protect vehicle occupants in the event of a crash.

What is the difference between an invitee and licensee?

A few weeks ago, this blog laid out some of the basic common law concepts that underpin premises liability law. While those concepts remain good background on the subject, in Georgia, there are statutory considerations that may modify some of the ideas that are normally used in this area of law. One of those facets that Georgia's statutory framework modifies is the definitions of, and legal duties land owners owe to, invitees and licensees.

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