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Duluth Injury Attorney Points out Truckers Working Excessive Hours

How Often Does Georgia Truck Driver Fatigue Due to Unscheduled Sleep Schedules Contribute to Duluth Truck Accident Fatalities?

Based on research done by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) 20,000 people are injured and 750 more are killed due to sleep deprived commercial vehicle operators. In response to these statistics, the FMCSA has come up with changes to the existing rules that mandate current commercial truck drivers follow. Present rules mandate commercial truck operators drive up to 10 hours straight before having to rest for at least 8 hours.

Your Duluth injury attorney would like to point out that driving for this many hours straight and the extremely short mandated rest periods are contributing factors to Gwinnett County truck accidents. As the statistics indicate, far too many people become injured and die because lenient rules are in effect.

Here are some more frightening statistics from the FMCSA that necessitate longer rest periods to reduce the chances of Georgia truck accidents:

  • Even though large trucks are only 3 percent of all motor vehicles on the road, 13 percent of all passenger vehicle fatalities are attributable to large truck accidents.
  • As many as 4 out of 10 Duluth truck accidents are attributable to truck driver fatigue.
  • Out of heavy truck accident crashes, driver fatigue has been attributed to 3 out 4 run off-the-road-crashes with 7 out of 10 long-haul truckers and 5 out of 10 short haul truckers experiencing this type of truck accident. 
  • The risk of Gwinnett County truck accidents double and triple during the 8th to 10th hours driving alone and the 10th to 11th hours of driving respectively.

If you or a family member has been injured or killed in a Georgia truck accident, a truck accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith would like to speak with you. You will be able to protect your legal rights and recover for your injuries sustained and obtain the justice you deserve. If you have lost a family member, you may have a wrongful death claim and will be able to speak with a wrongful death attorney to help obtain justice for your loved one. Call (888) 927-6955 today!

Based on these scary Georgia truck accident statistics, the FMCSA has made recommendations to increase the rest period from 8 hours to 16 hours per 24-hour period. Here are some reasons why their recommendations would reduce the chances of a Duluth truck accident:

  • If implemented, the new rules would permit Georgia truck drivers to rest at least 9 hours and as many as 12 hours per day. This would enable them to be more alert because it would fit in better with their natural sleep cycles. This would markedly reduce the chances of a Gwinntett County truck accident.
  • Drivers would also be required to take between 2 to 3 hours in non-sleep rest periods. This would reduce driver fatigue, enabling them to take care of necessary responsibilities including meals. More breaks would enable truck drivers to stay more alert and reduce the chance of a Georgia truck accident.  

Since there are not adequate sleep, meal and break periods for truck drivers in Georgia, motor vehicle passengers have an increased chance of being involved in a Gwinnett County truck accident.

If you or a family member has become the victim of a Duluth truck accident or have lost a relative, don’t wait any longer to speak with a truck accident attorney for your Georgia truck accident injuries or a Duluth wrongful death attorney if a loved one has been killed by a negligent truck driver. Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to have your legal rights preserved to the fullest extent!


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia