Semi-trucks are an essential part of our country’s economy, transporting goods and other materials from place to place every day. Truck drivers often drive for long shifts, covering hundreds of miles and for many hours consecutively. As are result, fatigued driving is prevalent among truck drivers, and federal hours-of-service regulations are in place that limit the amount of time drivers may work. These regulations are not always followed, and fatigued driving accidents continue to occur. When truck accidents are the result of trucker negligence, victims may be able to recover through a personal injury lawsuit. Anyone who has been injured in a truck accident should contact an experienced Coweta County truck accident lawyer for a free case review. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are here to help, and understand how important it is for victims of negligence to recover.
Currently, the hours-of-service limit the number of hours a driver may driver per day to 11 hours. Drivers may not work more than 60 hours in a 7 day period or 70 hours in an 8 day period. There are restart provisions, which require that a driver rest a certain amount of time before the clock “resets.” According the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the rules are not preventing fatigued driving. Since the rules were last changed, data indicates that drivers are spending more time on the road and also reporting more instances of falling asleep at the wheel.
Studies indicate that fatigued driving can significantly affect a driver’s memory, judgment, coordination, and focus. When truck drivers drive when fatigued or fail to comply with hours-of-service regulations, it may be sufficient to establish liability in the event of a crash.
Contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should have your case reviewed by an experienced Coweta County truck accident lawyer. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are skill truck accident lawyers who know how to get our clients the best possible outcome. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.