Unlicensed Truckers on the Road

Increased Risk of Being in a Truck Crash

Truck drivers commonly work very long hours to meet tight schedules, and an excessive amount of time on the road can easily lead to an accident. Truck accidents in Georgia and throughout the nation involving tractor-trailers occur that cause serious property damage and severe injuries to individuals in smaller vehicles. A truck accident can happen even when the driver is very experienced. All it takes is a bad judgment call, a wrong turn, a delayed reaction, or a simple text message to cause a seasoned driver to have a serious crash that can be catastrophic. So, what if the trucker isn’t seasoned? What if the trucker doesn’t even have a commercial driver’s license?

An inexperienced or unlicensed driver’s chances of being involved in a truck crash can increase dramatically if he (or she) does the following:

  • Has had improper training;
  • Lacks experience;
  • Has failed to inspect the vehicle;
  • Has had too many hours on the road without resting;
  • Has not adhered to rules and safety procedures;
  • Is transporting an unbalanced or excessively heavy load; and
  • Has engaged in negligent conduct.

A driver should have a truck license before getting behind the wheel of a big rig, but many truckers on the road are actually unlicensed drivers. Drivers who are underqualified and are driving large commercial trucks may not know the special rules and regulations that commercial truckers have to adhere to. Additionally, they have not taken the test that qualifies someone to become a legal commercial trucker.

In recent years, the Department of Transportation and other government agencies have been cracking down on illegal truck drivers who are unlicensed. Not only are the underqualified drivers punished when they are caught, but the trucking companies that hired the illegal drivers have also received strict punishments. While some unlicensed drivers have been removed from the roads, there are still many underqualified truck drivers on the street.

Although truck accidents can occur with experienced, licensed drivers behind the wheel of a semi, truckers need to be qualified to help reduce truck wrecks throughout the nation. If you have been injured in a truck accident, or if your loved one was killed in a truck crash, you should talk with an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney at Kalka & Baer LLC. Call us today at 404-907-1594 to find out more about your rights and to receive a free case consultation.