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Failure to Follow Trucking Industry Regulations
There are approximately 3.5 million drivers of commercial vehicles who are actively working in the United States. This number is indicative of the large total number of commercial vehicles on the road at any given moment. With so many 18-wheelers sharing the road with passenger vehicles, it is vital that strong national and state regulations are put into effect to regulate the trucking industry as a whole.
National and state laws do exist that help ensure truck drivers are not granted the freedom to go rogue when it comes to safety, environmental, and driving standards. However, the industry landscape is one in which a number of truck drivers and trucking companies aim to find loopholes for dodging the law. Many attempt to avoid adhering to key regulations aligned with important legal provisions that are designed to protect all drivers on the road. This unfortunate practice leads to thousands of commercial truck accidents each year.
Among the number of rules that are currently in place to regulate the trucking industry include those that:
Limit the number of hours that truck drivers are permitted to drive during a shift
Limit the total number of miles that truck drivers can drive per shift
Require truck drivers to undergo specific training requirements and obtain corresponding licenses or certifications
Mandate truck cargo limits and other commercial vehicle requirements
A failure to follow regulations designed to prevent road crashes is a breach of public trust. Other passengers view drivers of commercial vehicles with the expectation that they have undergone the appropriate training and are attuned to safety practices that prevent them from becoming a threatening force on the road. Therefore, if one opts to get behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle without adequate knowledge or training, or intentionally violates trucking safety laws, they are doing a disservice to themselves and their industry as a whole.
In addition to these factors, there are many reasons why it is important to ensure that truck drivers and the companies they work for are held accountable in the event that they fail to abide by safety laws, and cause harm to others in the process. The consequences for ignoring important truck industry regulations that relate to the operation or maintenance of commercial vehicles, or driving practices of truckers, can be dire for those they come into contact with on the road.
Because life doesn’t stop after an accident, Witherite Law Group works diligently to ensure that individuals who have been harmed as a result of a truck driver’s failure to abide by the law are held responsible financially for the harm their inappropriate actions cause to others. This includes helping injured truck accident victims get compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, income losses, and other damages they have incurred as a result of their traumatic experience.
Individuals with questions about getting legal help for an Atlanta truck accident can call 1-800-Truck-Wreck® to speak with someone directly about their case today.