There are strict Georgia and federal qualifications required to become an operator of a tractor trailer, semi, or truck. Pope & Howard P.C. attorneys spent many years representing trucking companies and are knowledgeable on all qualifications a driver needs, including:
- The driver must be 21 years of age
- The driver needs to be able to read and understand the English language, especially to understand road signs
- The experience or training to safely operate a commercial vehicle
- Having the physical qualifications to operate the commercial vehicle, such as:
- Vision no worse than 20/40 with glasses
- No high blood pressure, heart, respiratory, or mental conditions
- No diseases, such as diabetes or epilepsy, which may impair driving
- Possession of a legal Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
- Providing a list of prior moving violations and accidents to the hiring company, such as:
- Speeding in excess of 15 mph over the speed limit
- Reckless driving
- Improper lane changing
- “Tailgaiting” or following another vehicle too closely
- Driving without a CDL
- Not be disqualified under any federal regulation
- Successful completion of a road test
Any accident which leads to severe injury or death caused by an unqualified driver is not only the liability of the driver, but the company that hired the driver.
Pope & Howard P.C. investigates all licensures and qualifications to ensure that it achieves maximum compensation for its clients.
With years of experience as trial lawyers, Marc Howard and Geoff Pope represent clients' interests who have been injured or treated wrongly due to the negligence of others. If you have suffered from any of the above wrongs, contact the experts at Pope & Howard P.C. to set up a free consultation. Contact us via our contact form or by phone: 404-885-9999.