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      Scott Pryor

      Scott is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is listed in the top 1% of trial attorneys in the nation by the Litigator Awards. He is also a member of Super Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association—Champion Level and sits on the Communications Committee of GTLA, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

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      JJ Timmons

      J. J. Timmons graduated from Mercer Law School in 2000. He spent many years thereafter doing insurance defense work in general liability and workers’ compensation for several insurance companies and a major automobile manufacturer. He eventually realized that he was working on the wrong side and has been representing plaintiffs and injured workers for the last seven years.

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      Kurtis Badger

      Kurtis graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law – a top-ten law school – in 2019. Following graduation, Kurtis began practice in corporate litigation and defense at a top-20 law firm worldwide. Kurtis gained experience in sophisticated, complex, multimillion-dollar litigation, and successfully defended international corporations against many single-plaintiff claims. With a desire to be “on the right side of the table,” Kurtis joined Scott Pryor Law in August 2021, and has been helping injured plaintiffs obtain justice ever since.

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      Zahra Jacobs

      Zahra has a background in Project Management and Change Management with 18 years of experience in financial services. Throughout her career Zahra has implemented large scale transformation initiatives of processes and applications keeping people at the forefront. Zahra is very driven and solutions oriented and cares about people. She is also bilingual. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband, beautiful daughter, and their many pets (2 dogs, and 3 cats).

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      Angie Hemmings

      Angie Hemmings joined Scott Pryor Law just last year, and has already made her mark on the Firm. Her previous employment on staff at a local church prepared Angie for her current role in client relations and marketing. Meeting prospective clients, checking in regularly with current clients, and staying in touch with former clients are what Angie is passionate about. She wants you to know that you and your family are important to her.

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      Gilbert Abad

      Mr. Abad is an expert with over eighteen years of experience in the legal field, holds numerous degrees, and is bilingual. Over his career, Mr. Abad had the pleasure of training attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, and office staff on legal issues and procedures. He has also taught Introduction to Law and Legal Research and Writing as an adjunct professor at Gwinnett College. He has served in the U.S. Army, and has served with the United Nations in Macedonia as a U.N. Peacekeeper.

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      Kianna Lanier

      Having recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Political Science, Kianna Lanier has long term goals to pursue a career as an attorney. She first recognized her interest in law through her studies in journalism which allowed her to build proficient writing skills. From there she was able to secure multiple internships where she acquired immense knowledge in legal research.

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      Amanda Wood

      Amanda is a great recent addition to the Scott Pryor Law team, and is making a difference daily with her great organizational skills and tenacity.  A transplant to Georgia, she moved to Gwinnett county about six years ago with her husband, two children, and two dogs. When not at work, she enjoys reading, crafting, spending time with her family, and spoiling her new grandbaby.

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When seeking civil damages following a serious roadway accident involving a commercial vehicle, one of the most important aspects of building a successful lawsuit is assigning liability to all responsible parties. In this particular type of case, any proven violation of federal laws related to the trucking industry could serve as evidence of negligence—and therefore liability—by a truck driver and/or their employer. A seasoned truck crash lawyer could help a plaintiff understand federal trucking laws and trucking industry regulations and how they might be applicable in their case.

The Importance of the FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)—the governing body of which is the United States Department of Transportation—regulates the trucking industry in the United States. Each state also has its own set of rules related to commercial truck driving, but most states have adopted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations, so typically they will mirror each other.

Either way, those guidelines govern the conduct of drivers and trucking companies and, if applicable, supersede any local or state laws or rules that a driver or company has to abide by. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration typically reviews the guidelines they set on at least an annual basis.

The Burden on Truckers

Trucking companies are usually given a Department of Transportation (DOT) number, and once they have that, they have the burden of complying with the federal regulations set by the FMCSA. There are two kinds of carriers recognized by the FMCSA: interstate carriers and intrastate carriers.

An interstate carrier provides transportation services across and between states, so they can actually cross state borders and ask to register with the Departments of Transportation in other states. An intrastate carrier, on the other hand, is a carrier that only operates solely within one state and does not engage in interstate commerce. In other words, an intrastate carrier that only operates in Georgia does not cross the border into other states and only operates geographically within Georgia.

The federal government is limited in terms of regulating intrastate commerce, so the federal regulations and the motor carrier safety guidelines only apply to interstate carriers. However, as mentioned before, many states have adopted the federal regulations governing motor carriers.

Insurance Requirements for Trucking Companies

Georgia has its own insurance requirements regarding trucks and, depending on the kind of truck, how much coverage they have to carry when driving. Under Georgia state law, the minimum insurance requirement for the average driver is $25,000 of coverage, but trucking companies are required to carry significantly more coverage.

It is also important to note that the mandatory liability coverage for trucking companies can change depending on whether the freight they are carrying is hazardous or nonhazardous. In the context of insurance requirements, hazardous freight would be more expensive for the trucking company to haul.

Seek Help Interpreting Federal Laws and Regulations on the Trucking Industry

Understanding how federal trucking laws and trucking industry regulations may affect civil litigation against a negligent truck driver or company could be crucial to the ultimate success of your case. To learn more, contact a qualified truck accident attorney today.

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