According to the Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Analysis Division, 31 percent of large truck accidents in 2009 were caused by truck driver-related factors including speeding, distracted driving and failing to maintain the proper lane. Commercial trucking accidents contribute to an average of 4,000 fatalities each year.
If you are the victim of a truck accident it is important to have an experienced truck accident attorney in Clayton County who can get the proper compensation.
A federal law modified trucker hours-of-service rules, an effort intended to increase highway safety and reduce the number of truck accidents caused by fatigued drivers.
Under the law, truck drivers will be required to take a break of at least 30 minutes in the first eight hours after they begin driving. The rule also established a maximum work week of 70 hours, a reduction from the earlier 82-hour limit.
The American Trucking Association was critical of the rule change, claiming that it will reduce the industry's efficiency and increase the number of trips commercial drivers must make. The industry claims that the hourly regulation will increase the number of trucks on the road.
Truck drivers may be at a higher risk of fatigue due to sleep apnea. This is a condition that manifests itself in disrupted breathing during sleep and causes restless and insufficient sleep.
If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted truck driver, meet with a truck accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. We can assist in every stage of the case including obtaining the available evidence.