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I saw a large commercial truck on the road that looked like it shouldn’t be in operation. Aren’t truck drivers and trucking companies held to a standard of care?

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Yes. Commercial trucking companies and truck drivers are supposed to be held to a higher standard of care because of the sheer size and weight of large trucks and the dangers that they may pose to other drivers on the road. When trucks are not maintained properly or the truck driver behind the wheel isn’t driving the truck safely, it can be a real threat to other vehicles traveling the same road. 

Big rigs, semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and tractor trailers are all considered large commercial trucks. Truck drivers who drive these vehicles are held to a higher standard of care. They have a responsibility to inspect their load before every trip; make sure their trucks receive regular maintenance and service; verify that their reflective tape, headlights, and brake lights are in working order; and make sure they adhere to the hours-of-service regulations, among other things.

Truck drivers also are supposed to sign a daily vehicle inspection report, keep log book records, and refrain from alcohol, drugs, and distracted driving. While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has placed several rules and restrictions on drivers, there still are truckers and trucking companies who blatantly behave negligently and break the rules, causing innocent motorists who share the road with their large trucks to be in danger. 

If you or someone you love has been a victim of a Georgia truck accident, you should seek legal counsel for information about your rights and for help seeking a full recovery. Call an experienced Atlanta injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith today by calling 770-HURT-999 and receive a free consultation.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia