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Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney – Truck Driver Standards and Regulations

Truck wreck victims can face very serious injuries. Since big rigs and 18 wheelers are so much larger and heavier than other vehicles on the road, grave injuries are almost unavoidable in these types of crashes. Since trucking accidents tend to be much more serious than regular auto collisions, it is not uncommon for accident victims to face catastrophic injuries and death. Truck on Georgia highway

Truck drivers have a greater responsibility than other drivers to ensure they operate their semis safely due to the fact that they are drive large, heavy vehicles that can be extremely dangerous. For example, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations state that truck drivers must exercise extreme caution when there are hazardous conditions on the road such as snow, ice, sleet, fog, mist, rain, dust, smoke or other conditions that adversely affect visibility.

Truck drivers must not go out on the roads at all if the driving conditions are too dangerous, and they are required to slow down by at least 1/3rd of the speed limit in dangerous weather. Truck drivers are also held to a much higher standard than other drivers. To legally operate an 18 wheeler under federal guidelines, drivers must never have been disqualified from driving a truck in the past by having driven drunk or under the influence of drugs, committed a felony, or refusing to take an alcohol test.

Companies that hire truck drivers must put applicants through a thorough screening process. Only drivers who can safely operate a big rig and who have a commercial driver’s license can be hired. Failure to properly screen drivers can result in unqualified truck drivers out on the road operating large vehicles in an unsafe manner. Such negligence can cause life changing and deadly accidents for other motorists.

So many standards and regulations are necessary due to the fact that trucking accidents have catastrophic results. It is not uncommon for accident victims to experience traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and serious spinal damage. Lengthy hospital stays, surgeries, and long rehabilitation periods are commonly required to treat these injuries. Many injury victims find their lives turned completely upside down after their collision with a semi truck.

If you or a loved one have been hurt in a truck accident, it is important to hire an attorney who is experienced in dealing with these kinds of cases. Injury victims are usually so badly hurt that it is out of the question to try to deal with a huge, powerful insurance company that is trying everything it can do to minimize a victim’s damages. It is important to hire a lawyer who knows how to handle these insurance companies, and who is familiar with state laws and federal trucking regulations. If you have been seriously injured in a trucking accident, you need a lawyer who is serious about taking on the trucking company.

Ty Wilson is a Savannah truck accident attorney. Visit tywilsonlaw.com read Ty’s articles, watch his videos and to order his FREE books.

If you have questions today for a truck accident lawyer in Savannah, give Ty a call at 1-866-937-5454.

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