Each year, 18-wheelers and other large commercial trucks are involved in hundreds of accidents resulting in serious injury or death. Truck companies owe a responsibility to other drivers on the road to ensure their employees are qualified and follow state and federal trucking regulations. When trucking companies are delinquent in their duties, they may also be held liable for a truck accident involving one of their drivers.
If you have been injured in a Georgia truck accident, consult an Atlanta truck accident lawyer to determine if the trucking company can be held liable for your accident injuries and expenses.
When Trucking Companies Can be Held Liable For Truck Accidents
Trucking companies involved in interstate trucking are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA has strict standards covering how truck drivers and trucking companies should operate in order to avoid truck accidents.
For example, it is against the law for trucking companies to knowingly allow a truck driver to operate a commercial vehicle (CMV) when the truck driver's CMV license is revoked, suspended, cancelled or the driver has lost driving privileges in a particular state.
The trucking company has other responsibilities as well, such as ensuring:
- the truck driver adheres to federal regulations concerning allowable daily driving hours along with required break times;
- the truck is properly maintained and fit to drive;
- the truck's cargo is properly secured and ready for transit (some exceptions may be if a third-party company is hired to load the truck's content); and
- ensuring the truck drivers are subjected to random drug and alcohol testing.
If the evidence in your Georgia truck accident proves trucking company negligence, your Atlanta truck accident attorney may be able to name the company as a defendant in your Georgia truck accident claim.
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