Trucks play an essential role in country’s economy, transporting millions of pounds of goods and other materials from coast to coast. Truckers often driver for many continuous hours on long stretches of interstate, often only stopping when necessary. As a result, truck drivers as a group are particularly susceptible to drowsy or fatigued driving. As a result, federal regulations limit the number of hours in which a truck driver may The lawyers of the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you determine whether you have a claim, and can also help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
The best way to avoid being injured by drowsy trucker is to know the signs of driver fatigue. If you see a truck that you believe may have a fatigued driver, make sure to put as much distance between yourself and the tractor-trailer as possible. Some common signs of driver fatigue include:
- Changes in speed
- Sudden readjustments
- Veering off the road
- Sudden stops
- Nodding off or yawning
These are just some of the signs that may indicate that a driver may be fatigued. Driver fatigue may be sufficient grounds to establish liability in a truck accident lawsuit. Potential sources of recovery in a truck accident lawsuit include the truck driver, trucking company, the manufacturer of the vehicle, or even the owner of the cargo. Because proving fault in a truck accident case can be so complicated, it is important to retain an attorney who understands how to handle truck accident cases.
Contact a Gwinnett truck accident attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a semi-truck accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Our Gwinnett County truck accident lawyers know how to get our clients the compensation they deserve, and work hard to obtain the highest possible award or settlement. In order to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys, call us today at (770) 487-8999.