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Truck Drivers have a Duty to Drive Safely

Under the law, people are expected to act in a certain manner in certain situations to prevent injury to other people. For example, business owners have a duty to keep the premises of their safe for customers and free of any dangerous hazards. Additionally, doctors have a duty to provide proper medical care for their patients. Similarly, drivers are expected to drive in a reasonably safe manner in order to prevent accidents and injuries to other motorists, and commercial truck drivers are no different. If a truck driver does not meet his duty to drive in a safe manner, he should be held liable for any resulting injuries or damages. If you have suffered injury, a Coweta County truck accident lawyer can help make sure you receive the compensation you deserve from the negligent party.

 

Some examples of duties that a truck driver must abide by include the following:

 

  • Obey all traffic laws and rules
  • Abide by all regulations set out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
  • Remain in control of the truck at all times
  • Adjust driving speed and behaviors for changing weather conditions
  • Perform pre-trip inspections and seek any necessary maintenance on the truck
  • Stay vigilant and keep an active lookout for other obstacles, drivers, road hazards, pedestrians, bicyclists and other vehicles
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Avoid distractions, such as using a hand-held mobile device or other activities
  • Never participate in aggressive driving
  • Never drive while fatigued

Contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney today for a free consultation

If a commercial truck driver negligently breaches his duty to drive in a reasonably safe manner, that driver should be held liable in court for any injuries that occurred in a resulting accident. If you have suffered injury or other damages in a truck accident, an experienced truck accident attorney help show that the truck driver or company was negligent. You should not hesitate  to contact the Law Office of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 for assistance today.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia