Because of the risks that come with driving a large commercial truck, drivers are required by law to pass certain tests and hold a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) before ever getting behind the wheel. In order to initially receive a CDL, a driver must attend extensive training courses and undergo examinations to test truck driving skills. All of this testing is necessary to ensure that a driver knows how to safely operate large commercial trucks in order to prevent accidents and keep motorists safe. Every time a driver operates a truck without the proper CDL or training, the risks of causing an accident are high. If you have suffered injury because of an inexperienced or unlicensed truck driver, a Coweta County truck accident lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve from the responsible party.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that all trucking companies only hire qualified and properly trained drivers. Additionally, drivers must have specific training and licenses for the particular vehicle they intend to drive, especially for trucks carrying hazardous materials. Often, however, trucking companies are negligent in their hiring practices and fail to adequately check for the proper driver credentials. As a result, drivers with invalid or expired licenses end up behind the wheel.
Furthermore, some trucking companies try to hire more inexperienced drivers at a lesser wage in order to try to save money. This is particularly egregious behavior, as they know they are putting motorists in danger simply to earn more money. Whether a company acted negligently or intentionally, that company should be responsible for any injuries caused.
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Trucking companies should strictly follow all federal guidelines in order to avoid accidents and injuries, however this is unfortunately not always the case. When a company bends the rules or cuts corners to save money, they put all other motorists on the road at risk and should be held responsible for their actions. If you have been in an accident because of an inexperienced truck driver, an experienced truck accident lawyer can help you hold the truck company and driver liable for their dangerous actions. Do not hesitate to call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at 770-487-8999 to schedule a free consultation.