Truck Accidents normally cause very serious damages and injuries, and can often end in fatalities. There are hundreds of thousands of trucks on the road on any given day, and the truckers who drive on Georgia highways must comply with certain regulations.
These regulations are specifically designed to ensure safety of both the truck driver and other vehicle drivers on the road.
Some of the most important Trucking Regulations include:
Georgia Trucking Regulations
Every truck driver and trucking company is required to know and follow the trucking regulations and laws that apply to them. Ignorance of the law is not aloud as an excuse for negligence while driving.
1. Commercial Driver's License (CDL). Semi Truck, Bus, Vehicles that transport hazardous waste, and other qualifying commercial vehicle Drivers are required to obtain their commercial driver's license before than get behind the wheel. This license is completely separate from a standard driver's license. Trucking companies must make sure all of their driver's have a valid CDL before they let them out on the road.
2. Weight Limits. There are specific weight limits for each and every commercial truck, loaded with cargo or not, that they cannot exceed if they want to drive the vehicle. Trucks that exceed the weight limit are much harder to control, especially at the higher speeds needed to drive on the highways. If the trucks are over their weight limit, they have a good chance at flipping over or spilling their cargo.
3. Driving Hours. The regulations in place dealing with hours of service are designed to keep the truck drivers alert and fresh in order to:
- minimize fatigue
- increase reaction time
- decrease truck accidents
Commercial truck drivers cannot drive for more than 11 continuous hour or more than 14 hours in a given day. As soon as those limits are met, they must get off the road and rest/sleep. The driver is not aloud back on the road until 10 continuous hours have past. Truck drivers are also restricted from driving more than 60 hours in a seven day period.
4. Routine Inspection. Before it can be driver, each truck must receive an in-depth inspection. The inspector is supposed to examine the movable electrical parts, the engine, and any safety features like brakes, lights, mirrors, and windshields. If any discrepancies are found during the inspection, truck are not permitted on the road until all the necessary repairs have been made.
5. Logbooks. To verify that truck driver are complying with all of the rules and regulations they are supposed to, they are required to keep regular and timely records that document their compliance. Some things they are required to log include:
- Safety Reports
- Truck Conditions
- Hours of Service
- Off/On Duty Hours
- Drug and Alcohol Test Results
- Routine Inspection Log
6. Alcohol and Drug Testing. Similarly to state laws for regular vehicle drivers, truck drivers are subject to the laws regarding alcohol and drug use while operating a commercial vehicle. These regulations include:
- Truck Drivers are subject to radon drug tests before, during and after their shift.
- Drivers are not permitted to operate a commercial vehicle while using alcohol.
- Truck Drivers are not allowed to driver a truck within four hours of drinking alcohol.
- Truck Drivers are subject to mandatory drug tests after any vehicle accident in which the driver is cited or when the accident caused a fatality to occur.
- Truck Drivers are subject to drug testing if a manager or supervisor determines there is reasonable suspicion that the driver may be misusing alcohol or drugs based upon behavior or actions.
- Truck Drivers are not permitted behind the wheel when possessing blood alcohol levels that are equal or greater than 0.04 percent.
What to do if you were Involved in a Commercial Truck Accident in Georgia
If you were involved in an accident that was caused by the negligence of a Commercial Truck Driver, it is of the utmost importance to contact an experienced Personal Injury Attorney for legal advice.
Waiting to seek the help of an attorney can potentially hurt your claim.
Evidence on the road can deteriorate over time and truck driver logbooks are not always kept secure for an indefinite period.
Truck driver or employer negligence can result from improper training, a violation of hours of operation, alcohol/drug misuse, improper maintenance, improper equipment or weigh restrictions, among other things.
Without the help of an experienced lawyer, you will have a very difficult time filing a lawsuit and proving negligence on your own. The trucking company will more than likely have a team of attorneys to defend and represent them, which means if you do not, you will be at a great disadvantage.
The Roth Firm has an experienced team of Truck Accident Attorneys who have the experience and skills to help you receive the compensation that you deserve for your losses.
If you were injured in a Truck Accident, do not hesitate to contact our experienced attorneys for legal help. We offer a free consultation to see how we can best assist with the recovery of your losses. Click below to schedule your appointment with us today.