While we understood these regulations, or the lack of regulation, because of our work with commercial truck accident victims, it is still alarming to see in this report how easily trucking safety rules are ignored in Georgia.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 02, 2012
Atlanta truck accident attorney Bruce Millar said a recent report of lax trucking company oversight in Georgia is troubling and should spur legislation to curb abuses in the trucking industry.
“While we understood these regulations, or the lack of regulation, because of our work with commercial truck accident victims, it is still alarming to see in this report how easily trucking safety rules are ignored in Georgia,” said Millar, managing partner at the Atlanta personal injury firm of Millar & Mixon, LLC, in Atlanta.
“We hope others are also alarmed and are prompted to address these issues in a manner that helps to ensure safer trucking in our state,” Millar continued.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported that commercial trucks that travel beyond the Georgia border can be on the road for as long as 18 months between inspections, according to the Associated Press.
The news report also said that Georgia trucking companies that are shut down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) because of safety violations can quickly reopen under new names, with few if any changes.
The report cites a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) study about so-called “chameleon carriers” that says “groups of officials from … Georgia … stated that chameleon carriers are either a serious or a growing problem that they encounter regularly.”
“It’s time to bring the Georgia trucking industry into the 21st century,” Millar said.
Millar said his firm’s investigations of wrecks involving trucks and other commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) have found a variety of complications in determining responsibility in 18-wheeler accidents.
“Sometimes just tracing ownership of a trucking company or the truck driver’s relationship to the company requires a lot of digging through a variety of documents,” Millar said. “Sometimes, the documents conflict, and sometimes, appropriate records don’t exist.”
The Atlanta truck accident lawyers of the Millar & Mixon law firm pursues personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of people in the Atlanta area and across Georgia who have been injured or have lost family members in commercial truck accidents.
Millar said anyone involved in a wreck involving a tractor-trailer in Georgia should contact an experienced Georgia truck accident attorney.
“Collisions involving passenger cars and 18-wheelers or other big rigs can be complex,” Millar said. “Many factors in a truck wreck need thorough examination, including hours-of-service logs the driver is supposed to keep and truck maintenance records that the FMCSA requires if Georgia does not. It takes someone who knows what to look for and where to look to obtain these records and to build a case from them.
“Truck accidents are not simple cases, but when truck drivers and trucking companies cause injuries, they can be held accountable,” Millar said.
About Millar & Mixon, LLC
The Atlanta personal injury law firm of Millar & Mixon, LLC, based in Atlanta, GA, focuses on representing persons injured in car, truck, motorcycle, bus and other motor vehicle accidents. The firm also handles DUI cases, slip and fall injuries and animal attacks and bites, among other personal injury claims. Since 1993 Atlanta attorney Bruce Millar has obtained judgments and settlements exceeding $60 million for his clients.
The firm represents Georgia accident and injury clients throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and the state of Georgia, including Jonesboro, East Point, North Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Forest Park, College Park, Decatur, Roswell, Marietta, Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Riverdale, Lawrenceville, Athens and Macon. The firm’s office is located at Colony Square, 1201 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, GA, 30361 (local phone (770) 477-6360). For more information, call (877) 475-7015 or contact the firm through its online form.