The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nearly 80,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents in 2012. While all motor vehicles pose some risk of injury to pedestrians, semi-trucks are particularly dangerous. Often, their height and other design features make it difficult for drivers to see objects directly behind or in front of them, potentially causing serious accidents.
These risks are often amplified when a truck driver is fatigued. Driver fatigue has been shown to reduce situational awareness, alertness, reaction time, and judgment, all of which could easily contribute to an accident. Fortunately, many people injured by fatigued truck drivers can recover for their losses through a Georgia personal injury lawsuit. Discussing your options with a Corinth truck accident lawyer is the first step to getting the compensation you deserve.
Federal Regulations and Truck Driver Fatigue
Because truck driver fatigue can have such serious consequences, the amount of driving truck drivers can do is regulated by federal rules referred to as “hours-of-service” regulations. Unfortunately, several studies have indicated that these regulations are not always followed, sometimes resulting in accidents causing serious injury. Among the injuries that truck accidents caused by driver fatigue include:
Traumatic brain injuries
Spinal cord injuries
These and other injuries that people can sustain in truck accidents have the potential to result in significant financial, emotional, and physical problems. Fortunately, many of these issues are compensable under Georgia tort law. Because truck accident cases be extremely complicated and highly contentious, it is important for victims to retain competent and experienced legal counsel as soon as possible.
Contact a Corinth truck accident attorney for a free consultation
Pedestrians who have been injured in an accident in which they believe truck driver fatigue played a role may be entitled to significant compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.