Burrow & Associates Truck Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in a tractor trailer accident in Georgia, it’s important to hire a truck accident attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable of the state laws in which the semi accident occurred. Burrow & Associates truck accident attorneys have over 30 years combined experience in aggressively pursuing compensation for victims who suffered incredible physical, emotional, and financial losses.
Due to their size and cargo, semi trucks and truck operators are usually held to a higher standard of safety. Federal trucking safety regulations are extensive. Still, around 500,000 semi truck accidents occur inside the United States every year and these safety regulations are unfortunately not enough to prevent truck accidents all together.
What Laws Apply to Semi Trucks?
Laws applicable to semi trucks, semi truck operators, tractor trailer accidents, truck wrecks and commercial trucking companies address a wide variety of topics and any violation resulting in an accident can form the basis of a personal injury claim, either against the driver or against his or her employer. Laws that apply to semis include the following:
- Hours of service – The total number of hours that semi truck drivers can work in a given period is strictly regulated. Hours of Service regulations are designed to prevent accidents caused by driver fatigue.
- Commercial driver’s license (CDL) requirements – In the United States, a CDL is required to operate certain heavy vehicles, operate vehicles that contain certain hazardous materials, and operate vehicles that are designed to carry many passengers.
- Cell phone use while driving – Commercial drivers are prohibited from holding, dialing, or reaching for a hand-held phone while driving.
- Drug and alcohol use – Operating a commercial vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is strictly prohibited. All employers subject to federal trucking regulations must have strict drug and alcohol testing protocols in place.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been In A Truck Accident?
If you have been involved in a semi truck accident, it’s important to collect all physical evidence as soon as possible including skid marks, road layouts, and weather conditions and seek assistance from an experienced semi truck accident attorney immediately. At Burrow & Associates, LLC, our personal injury lawyers have represented a large number of commercial vehicle accident victims. If you or a loved one has been involved in a semi truck accident, please contact us today for a free consultation or call (678)-323-2394.