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What Are the Advantages of a Truck-Only Interstate in Atlanta?

Posted on March 13, 2019 in Truck Accidents

Atlanta is a hub for shipping and transport, with thousands of commercial trucks passing through every day. Interstate 75 sees a heavy amount of semi-truck traffic on any given day, as trucks transport millions of tons of cargo across the state. It is almost impossible for motor vehicle drivers to escape seeing a large truck while driving in Atlanta. Interactions between trucks and other motorists can lead to deadly accidents. In 2015 (the most recent year data is available), 182 accident fatalities involved large trucks in Georgia. Now, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is proposing a way to address… read more

Do Commercial Truck Drivers Undergo Background Checks?

Posted on October 24, 2018 in Commercial Truck Accidents

Commercial trucking is an enormous industry. Currently, over one million people work in trucking in the U.S. The largest occupation in trucking is truck driving. Yet even with over 900,000 drivers, the trucking industry is experiencing a labor shortage. The number of drivers can’t meet the constantly increasing demand for consumer goods. The pressure to fill empty seats can lead to trucking companies expediting the hiring process – increasing the risk of unsafe and incompetent drivers. Skipping background checks, ignoring drug tests, and illegally hiring certain convicted felons can increase the risk of dangerous truck drivers on the roads. Yet… read more

Can Police Randomly Stop Truck Drivers for DoT Violations?

Posted on April 25, 2018 in Truck Accidents

Police have the authority to pull over a truck driver for a routine inspection, even if the driver did not commit a traffic offense or moving violation. The Department of Transportation (DoT) authorizes police to conduct these stops, and it also employs their own inspection officers to patrol for potential violations. Tractor-trailers must meet an enormous number of federal regulations and compliance standards, so they are relatively easy targets for police officers. Seemingly innocuous problems like a missing reflector, outdated vehicle document, rusty or painted rims, or dirty license plate can be enough to justify a ticket for a truck… read more

Truck Stopping Time: What Do You Need to Know?

Posted on February 26, 2018 in Truck Accidents

The expansive size of 18-wheeler trucks makes the dangers surrounding them greater than they are for normal-sized vehicles. If something goes awry with a truck, more people could be at risk. The drivers, however, are also a contributing factor to this danger. Truck drivers are required to drive a certain distance each day, which means they must often drive while they are exhausted and, therefore, less alert. It is important that all drivers know about the need for proper rest, so everyone can do their best to stay safe. If you have experienced injury or damage involving a truck accident,… read more

How Often Are Commercial Truck Accidents Caused By Brake Failure?

Posted on January 17, 2018 in Brake Failure

Large trucks are notoriously bad at making short stops. Federal law permits big rigs to weigh as much as 80,000 pounds – about 20 times the weight of the average passenger vehicle. It takes a lot of stopping power to halt 80,000 pounds, especially if the driver is speeding. Sometimes, brakes may give out due to a defective vehicle part or poor truck maintenance. Get the facts on brake failure-related trucking accidents, and who may be liable for damages. Big Rig Brake Failure Statistics Large commercial trucks use different brake systems than your average car. Passenger vehicles use hydraulic brakes,… read more

Why Are Truck Drivers Falsifying Their Logbooks? What Is Being Done About It?

Posted on December 18, 2017 in Logbook Violations

Year after year the most common violations by truck drivers found during road checks are what are known as hours of service violations. The law sets very strict rules for the hours that truck drivers may spend on duty, hours that may be spent driving, and hours of rest they must take between shifts. These laws protect all of us from the dangers of fatigued truck drivers, who pose a greater risk of causing an accident that can result in catastrophic consequences for all involved. When those requirements are not met, many truck drivers turn to falsifying their logbooks in… read more