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What are the responsibilities of truck drivers?

When a person decides that they want to operate a commercial vehicle in Atlanta or elsewhere, they take on great responsibility. While every driver on the road has a duty to operate their vehicle safely, truck drivers may be held to an even higher standard due to the sheer power they control.

While truckers have a variety of responsibilities, some are more important than others. A driver of a commercial vehicle must be knowledgeable of all rules and regulations in the states in which they drive. A trucker must be aware of weight restrictions, loading and unloading procedures and how to adjust the weight of their vehicle for optimum safety.

Before a truck driver moves their vehicle onto the road, they must inspect their truck and trailer. It is essential that a commercial vehicle be in top operating condition in order to operate safely. During an inspection, any issues should be noted and brought to the attention of the owner of the vehicle.

A truck driver must also have the knowledge necessary to load their vehicles correctly. When a vehicle is not loaded properly, weights can shift, throwing off the stability of the truck and casing it to fail to maneuver properly.

These are just a few of the responsibilities of a truck driver. If you are involved in an accident with a truck in Atlanta, reach out to an experienced accident attorney for assistance. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, property damage and more.