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4 Signs of Truck Driver Fatigue

Tractor-trailer accidents affect thousands of people each year, sometimes causing serious injuries. The injuries that people can sustain in truck accidents can result in the need for ongoing and intensive medical care, and may even result in an inability to care for oneself. Fortunately for victims, Georgia law allows people injured in truck accidents caused by negligence to recover through a personal injury lawsuit. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should have the circumstances of your case reviewed by an experienced truck accident attorney.  The personal injury attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping victims of negligence recover, and strive to obtain the highest possible settlement or award for each client we represent.

Truck drivers are often required to spend long hours on the road, and may even be incentivized to deliver cargo within a certain period of time. As a result, they are particularly susceptible to driver fatigue. Studies indicate that fatigued drivers have slowed reaction time, impaired judgment, problems with concentration, and vision problems. As a result, it is important for drivers to understand the signs of a fatigued driver and also to put as much space between themselves and the fatigued driver’s vehicle as possible. Some signs of a fatigued driver include:

  • Weaving
  • Inconsistent speed
  • Sudden braking
  • Erratic lane changes

Federal regulations aim to limit the number of hours a driver spends on the road in a given period in order to combat fatigued driving, but unfortunately these rules are not always followed. Anyone who suspects that they have been injured in an accident caused by a fatigued driver should retain an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible.

Contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney today for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in a semi-truck accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. In order to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia