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Why driver training matters for large trucks in Georgia

Every type of vehicle on the road operates in its own unique way. A motorcycle, two-door car and big rig each require you, as the driver, to understand how to properly handle the vehicle. At Butler Wooten & Peak, LLP, we know that there are far too many accidents in Georgia and across the country that involve poorly trained drivers. When it comes to large trucks, companies may be held liable for failing to equip their drivers with the knowledge and skills to be safe on the road.

Eighteen-wheelers and other vehicles of that size require a different kind of handling than passenger vehicle drivers may be accustomed to. For example, these extremely heavy trucks need much more time to come to a full stop. Turns must be taken slowly to prevent cargo from shifting and tipping the truck.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that anyone who wishes to operate one of these trucks must hold a commercial driver's license. To obtain one, a potential driver will have to do the following: 

  •        Take and pass a test regarding vehicle inspection
  •        Take and pass a test regarding basic controls
  •        Take and pass a road test

Companies in Georgia that hire commercial drivers should be ensuring that their credentials are current. Further, there are a variety of commercial driver's licenses that may be issued depending on the type of vehicle that is driven. If you are involved in an accident with a large truck whose driver held the wrong license, lacked training or otherwise committed negligence, you may be able to hold the driver and his or her employer responsible for your damages.

For more information on this topic, please visit our page regarding training truck drivers.

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