Atlanta trucking accidents are tragic, and all too often fatal, occurrences. According to recent semi truck accident statistics released by the National Transportation Safety Bureau, driver fatigue and sleep deprivation are substantial contributors to approximately 20 percent of truck accidents. If you’ve been the victim of a truck accident that was caused by sleep deprivation, recklessness, or negligence of some other kind, contact one of our GA trucking accident attorneys capable of helping you prove your case.
In addition, the same study showed that upwards of 50 percent of long-haul drivers had fallen asleep at the wheel at least once. This unnerving statistic sheds light on the complicated and contested issue of commercial driver’s shift limitations and sleeping regulations.
Under federal law, long haul commercial truck drivers can drive no more than 11 hours in a 14-hour shift, and each shift must be followed by 10 hours of consecutive rest. The majority of commercial trucks on the road are equipped with electronic monitors that record the travel times and stop times of the rigs, but some companies still rely on paper and pencil time logs that the drivers are expected to fill out themselves. This can result in some exaggeration or manipulation of driving hours.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a car accident or commercial vehicle collision, reach out to one of our GA trucking accident attorneys and schedule a free evaluation of your case.
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