I was injured in a truck accident in Georgia and I want to know; who regulates trucking companies?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCA) regulates trucking companies. Since most trucking companies operate on an interstate basis, trucking laws are set on a national scale. The same is true for trucking companies that may operate throughout the state of Georgia.

Trucking laws provided by the FMCA take into consideration a wide array of factors that can impact truck driver performance when on the road, including:
 
  • truck driver hours;
  • driver license requirements;
  • training requirements; and
  • safety and health standards. 


Since Georgians share the road with truck drivers, it's only natural to expect safe behavior from trucking companies and truckers. FMCA trucking laws help address fatigue-induced accidents by restricting trucker drive times to 11 hours or less, to be followed by a 10-hour off-duty period.

FMCA trucking laws also require truck drivers to complete a Longer Combination Vehicle (LCV) training course and be subject to skills tests and written assessments. In addition, FMCA trucking laws dictate that truck drivers must possess a Commercial Driver's License.

If a trucking company is caught using a disqualified driver, it can be subject to criminal and/or civil penalties. FMCA trucking laws mandate that fines upward of $25,000 be imposed. Drivers can be held financially liable for violating FMCA trucking laws regarding licensing and qualifications, but to a lesser degree.

While FMCA trucking laws may help cut down on many preventable crashes, Georgia truck accidents still occur. If you've been injured in a truck accident in Georgia, you'll want a Georgia truck accident lawyer to represent you in your pursuit for fair compensation.

Contacting a Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer

If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case.