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Large number of truck drivers in Georgia have suspended licenses

Atlanta residents know how busy our roads are. Traffic congestion in Atlanta is at an all-time high and drivers have to battle car accidents, traffic jams and other hazards almost daily. Trucks are a major player on the roadways and a tractor-trailer accident can have serious consequences. A recent report investigates truck drivers and uncovers some alarming statistics.

A news investigation has revealed that thousands of truckers who are on Georgia roads are driving with suspended licenses. Between 2013 and 2016, the Georgia State Patrol cited over 2,400 truck drivers for driving with a suspended commercial driver's license. There were also over 1,500 truck drivers who didn't have a commercial driver's license. Of course, these are only the drivers who actually got caught by the state patrol and does not include local police departments or sheriff's offices. It can be assumed that there may be many more drivers out there driving on suspended licenses.

Every day, Georgia drivers share the road with trucks. It is assumed that these drivers follow all safety procedures and have all licenses that are required to drive commercial trucks. When this is not the case, a serious accident can occur. For example, in 2014 a logging truck in Toombs County crossed the center line and killed two sisters in a head-on collision. The driver of the logging truck was driving on a suspended CDL and also tested positive for cocaine and marijuana. If a person is affected by a truck accident, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in personal injury. An attorney can investigate the cause of the accident. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, funeral expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

An accident that involves a tractor-trailer often involves serious injuries. Because of the size difference between a passenger car and a truck, even a fender bender can cause major issues. It is important to hold these truck drivers responsible for their negligence so that they can't hurt anyone else.

Source: wsbtv.com, "Thousands of truckers on Georgia roads cited for suspended licenses", Aaron Diamant, May 5, 2017

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