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What’s the Difference Between Teen Drivers and New Truck Drivers on Georgia Roads?

Like novice teenage drivers, new truck drivers are new and inexperienced at operating their vehicles on the roads. New drivers are more susceptible to distracted driving, taking greater risks, falling asleep at the wheel, and participating in other risks that can cause Georgia traffic accidents. 

It’s no wonder why new truckers are more likely to be involved in truck crashes than are more experienced truck drivers. Many truckers come away from their training feeling like they are equipped to handle every situation that will presented itself on the road; however, this is probably not the case. Training can only teach a new trucker so much. 

If a trucker missed something or didn’t retain some information during training, he will likely come away from training not being as equipped as possible to handle many everyday-driving situations. These might include high-traffic situations, traffic jams, driving in heavy rain, driving on snowy or icy roads, and understanding how the truck handles in these different situations. 

Additionally, inexperienced truckers may not fully understand trucking laws, such as the new hours-of-service regulation designed to prevent fatigued driving. A new truck driver may be eager to get to his destination ahead of time and might then drive too many hours or too quickly for the speed limits and road conditions.

Georgia Truck Accidents Cause Injuries Due to Truck Drivers’ Inexperience

It’s said that experience is a hard teacher, but we want novice truck drivers (and new drivers of any other sized vehicles!) to gain experience without having an accident. For an inexperienced trucker, simply by taking the wheel of a big rig, there is a chance of him being involved in a crash—a greater likelihood than exists with seasoned truck drivers. Sadly, if the inexperienced driver does cause a truck accident, he could seriously injure an innocent driver and other motorists who are sharing the road with him.

There are many serious injuries that drivers of cars and their passengers may suffer when they’re involved in an Atlanta truck wreck. Some of these injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Herniated disc
  • Internal injuries
  • Head trauma
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paralysis 
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Wrongful death

Get help after an Atlanta trucking accident, get justice. and seek compensation from the insurance company, the truck company, and the trucker with the assistance of the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999. To find out more about your rights, talk with a skilled Atlanta injury lawyer in a free consultation today.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia