Trucks are an integral part of the economy, not only in Georgia, but also across the country. The more you see trucks on the road, the better the economy is performing because trucks transport goods for sale.
Trucks are dangerous, though. They are so long, so heavy and sometimes very wide. They can be involved in tragic accidents. Let's review some of the laws that govern the trucking industry.
All truck drivers, especially those who operate 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles, are required to hold an active commercial driver's license (CDL). This is a special license that requires training on large trucks to obtain.
Truck drivers are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to get enough rest every so often. This is known as the hours of service law. If a truck driver does not get the required rest after driving set consecutive hours, he or she could be held liable in a crash.
Commercial vehicles are required to have quality control. This is done to ensure that the truck is in good working order when it is on the road. If a defect is found in a truck involved in an accident, there could be serious consequences for the truck driver, truck company and other entities.
Each truck has a different maximum weight it can haul. It is based on the size of the truck. If a truck is loaded past its maximum weight, it can lead to an accident that involves the tipping of the truck.
The trucking industry is an important one. It is also quite dangerous. If a truck driver breaks any of the laws discussed in this post, it could lead to an accident with serious injuries. That's why you should always drive with utmost care around these vehicles. If you are injured in a crash with a semitruck, an experienced attorney can help you learn about your legal options.