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Truck drivers need to have special knowledge and training

Georgians need a driver's license to legally drive a car. To obtain a driver's license, there are steps the potential drivers need to complete. These include passing tests to ensure they know how to safely operate a vehicle. This is also true for trucks drivers. However, because trucks are much larger and pose a much greater threat to other drivers, if they are not operated correctly, the requirements are stricter.

There is the basic knowledge of the various truck components and how to properly start, drive, change lanes and back up a truck. But, they must also be able to demonstrate that they know how to perform evasive safety actions, if they have blowouts or brake failures.

Part of their test also includes knowing the safe speeds to travel given certain circumstances and how much room they would need to stop to avoid accidents. They also must demonstrate they know how to perform the proper maintenance checks that they are required after each trip.

If a driver is successful, along with a number of other requirements, they are issued a truck driver's license. But, it is important that they practice what they learned when they are on the road. Some of the drivers do not do this, and unfortunately, tractor-trailer accidents occur as a result.

There are many truck accidents on Georgia roads. These accidents can be much more devastating than crashes involving two cars due to the massive size difference between tractor-trailers and cars. There can be multiple victims with serious injuries. These victims may need long-term recovery, and as such, it is important that they receive compensation. The victims may find it useful to discuss their rights with an experienced attorney.

Source: ECFR.gov, "Title 49, Part 383, Subpart G - Required Knowledge and Skills," accessed on Sept. 26, 2017

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