Georgia truck drivers are a critical part of the economy as they are responsible for transporting all kinds of cargo between destinations. Without their services, something as simple as grabbing groceries from the store, would be much more time consuming and inconvenient for many people. Due to the nature of their job, truckers often spend hours behind the wheel as they travel large stretches of road. Staying safe and operating a big rig responsibly are outcomes of proper training, experience and dedication to the job. According to the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, the American Trucker Association reported that 20,000 to 30,000 truck drivers are currently needed to support the industry and maintain demand.
When a commercial-sized truck is involved in a crash or accident, it's not just the massive size and weight of the truck that other motorists need to worry about. They also need to be prepared for the presence of hazards created by cargo spills.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.