In order to become a commercial truck driver, there are many things individuals need to learn aside from how to physically operate a large truck. For starters, truck drivers, just like motorists, need to understand the rules and regulations they are required to abide that are geared toward keeping them and those traveling around them safe. When they fail to adhere to these rules and regulations, they face the penalties that are associated with the violation. Now, there are several ways in which truck drivers are held accountable when they willfully disregard the trucking rules the state of South Carolina has set forth along with those the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires them to comply with.
Some of these include:
- If a trucker causes a crash or was found guilty of one or more violations, the information pertaining to either will be placed in the Safety Measurement System (SMS) [Source: FMCSA]. This, in turn, has the ability to impact their safety record and could impact their driving privileges. And not only does this affect the driver’s record, but also the carrier in which they work for.
For example, if a trucker were to engage in a collision and they were found at fault for causing it because they were driving distracted or following too closely to the car driving ahead of them, this will be recorded on both their safety record and their employers. So, when police or anyone else run a report on their safety record, this information will appear and negatively impact how the company is viewed in terms of safety.
- Truckers are also subject to losing their driving privileges for a certain period of time depending on the type of violation they are found guilty of. For instance, if a trucker is found guilty of “causing a fatality through the negligent operation of a CMV [Commercial Motor Vehicle], including but not limited to the crimes of motor vehicle manslaughter, homicide by motor vehicle, and negligent homicide,” and it is their first offense, they will lose their CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) for one year. In the event the truck operator was issued an out-of-service order but continued to drive, they would be disqualified from operating a CMV for no less than 180 days or more than one year given it was also their first offense.
[Source: Electronic Code of Federal Regulations].
- Truck drivers may also be held liable for compensating a victim of a collision if they were at fault for causing it. Although many victims will pursue the trucker’s employer for this money, some also choose to go after the truck operator as well in an effort to hold them accountable for their negligent behavior.
So, you see, there are many different ways in which a truck driver is held liable for their behavior when they deliberately disregard the rules and regulations they are required to abide by. Now, if you are the victim of a recent truck crash that transpired in Greenville, SC and are looking to hold the operator of the vehicle responsible for the damages you suffered, contact USAttorneys.com so you can be connected with a truck accident lawyer in the Greenville, SC area who can help you.