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Commercial vehicle inspection blitz coming this week

Let's imagine being back in school. On the first day of class, you receive a syllabus that shows a big test coming up at the end of the spring. As that date draws closer and closer, you get more reminders to study and prepare for the big test. If test day comes and you still haven't studied, then you would have no one to blame but yourself if you fail.

Don't discard your legal options after a garbage truck accident

Did you know that the garbage truck driving down your street is a commercial vehicle? And even though garbage trucks typically move much slower than the 18-wheelers people typically think of when we think of commercial vehicles, they can still cause serious, catastrophic injuries in the event of a crash.

Why is it so important to review trucker logs after a crash?

When you are behind the wheel of your car, you don't have to think about recording what time it is or how long you've been driving. Commercial truckers, on the other hand, are required to keep these records either manually or electronically in a logbook. This book is typically one of the first places investigators look for answers in the event of an accident.

How jackknifing happens and what it means for motorists

Every motorist is capable of making mistakes behind the wheel. Sometimes these mistakes are minor and no one even notices; other times, the mistakes have a catastrophic impact on the lives of many people. Oftentimes, it is impossible to predict which will be the case, so minimizing mistakes by paying attention and following proper procedure is always wise.

Tragic truck accident shows importance of CDL medical clearance

When you watch or read the news, you know you will undoubtedly come across a tragic story from time to time. While most tragedies leave us feeling sympathy for victims and their families, some stories can highlight important lessons for us all.

Federal truck driver clearinghouse hopes to save lives

While motorists may be somewhat familiar with driving next to tractor trailers on Georgia's busy roadways, they may not know that these massive vehicles are responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans every year. In 2014 alone, large trucks were involved in 3,744 motor vehicle fatalities and 135 of those deaths occurred in Georgia, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In an attempt to reduce the number of tractor trailer accidents, injuries and deaths throughtout the nation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has organized a Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse program. The new database will give trucking companies a way to monitor truck drivers in order to ensure they have passed all of their drug and alcohol tests, and will track information on those truckers who do not pass the tests or who refused to take drug and alcohol screenings.

Establishing liability, seeking damages after truck accident, P.3

Last time, we spoke briefly about two general types of damages available in motor vehicle accident cases. The exact types and amounts of damages will vary, of course, but generally punitive damages will be available to a plaintiff who can establish the general elements of negligence. As we noted, punitive damages will be available in some cases.

Establishing liability, seeking damages after truck accident, P.2

Last time, we pointed out that different types of damages may be available in truck accident cases depending on the circumstances of the case related to the defendant’s breach of duty. Ordinarily, establishing the elements of tort liability in a motor vehicle accident case entitles a plaintiff to compensatory damages.

Establishing liability, seeking damages after truck accident, P.1

In our previous post, we began looking at recent proposals to address the issue of truck safety in Georgia, including reducing speed limits for large trucks and establishing truck-only highway lanes. As we noted, there are a number of established safety measures in the trucking industry and truck drivers and their employers may be held liable for violating these rules.

Efforts to improve trucking safety highlight accident costs, need for advocacy

Trucking safety is something that all of us should be concerned about, since we are all at risk when truck drivers and their employers fail to exercise reasonable care in their work. When it comes to trucking safety, there are a lot of issues that need to be addressed, including driver fatigue, vehicle maintenance, cargo securement, and driver screening and licensing. Each of these areas should be subject to ongoing scrutiny and improvement.

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