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State and Federal Laws Applicable to Truck Drivers in Georgia


May 25, 2019

Both the federal government and the government in Georgia have enacted regulations designed to prevent dangerous trucking activity on the roadways. These regulations apply not only to driver conduct but also to vehicle maintenance and cargo.

If you sustained injuries caused by a crash with a semi-truck, you may want to explore your options for filing a claim for damagesn if the tractor trailer driver was at fault. Normal, the basis of a claim would be that the truck driver or the trucking carrier violated a state and/or federal regulation, and the violation resulted in your accident and your injuries. Some common regulations that trucking accident cases involve include the following:

Drive time– By state and federal law, truckers are not allowed to exceed a certain amount of driving hours without an appropriate break. These laws are in place to prevent truckers from driving when they are overly tired, which places both truckers and other motorists at extreme risk.

Inadequate maintenance– Large trucks must be appropriately inspected and maintained under federal and Georgia law to avoid collisions from equipment failure. Brake failures, engine failures, tire failures, and other types of equipment issues can quickly lead to serious accidents. 

Substance use– All motorists in Georgia are prohibited from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, truckers are subject to even stricter standards because they hold commercial driver’s licenses. Truck drivers cannot operate their rigs with any alcohol in their systems, whereas another driver might not be subject to penalties if his or her blood alcohol content is below the legal limit (.08). 

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Category: Truck Accidents

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Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.