The following are examples of major violations when operating a tractor-trailer:

  • impairment (alcohol, controlled substance);
  • refusal to take a blood alcohol test;
  • hit and run;
  • committing a felony with the truck;
  • driving on a canceled, revoked or suspended CDL; and
  • if the driver’s negligence causes a fatality.

A serious violation only leads to a disqualification upon a second offense. If it occurred within three years of the prior violation, disqualification is for 60 days. If it’s a third offense within three years, it’s a 120-day disqualification.

The following are examples of serious violations when operating a tractor-trailer:

  • reckless driving;
  • driving without obtaining a CDL (or having one but not in the driver’s possession);
  • speeding 15 miles per hour or more over posted limit;
  • violating local/state traffic laws in connection with fatal crash;
  • tailgating; and
  • improper/erratic lane change.

Many of these violations pose serious risk of injury or death to others who share the road. This is why it’s critical that prior to driving a large truck, a driver meets all truck training requirements. It is also the employer’s responsibility to make sure the driver has met these requirements before hiring so as to avoid the risk of taking on a dangerous driver.

Contact Jason R. Schultz for assistance with a truck accident case. Call us today at 404-474-0804.

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.
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