According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatigued and inattentive driving accounted for 16 percent of 2009 motor vehicle fatalities. An even higher percentage of truck accidents are blamed on fatigued driving. 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.
Federal truck regulations limit the number of consecutive driving hours for commercial truck drivers and the number and length of rest periods while driving. Fatigued truck drivers who violate federal regulations by driving excessive continuous hours can become road hazards. Studies have shown that fatigued drivers have reduced reaction times. According to the NHTSA, in 2009 approximately 30,000 people were involved in car crashes due to drowsy driving and 730 died. NHTSA estimates that approximately 13 percent of accidents requiring hospitalization involve drowsy drivers.
Many truck drivers are paid by the mile and are given incentives not to exceed the federally limited maximum service hours. Truck drivers may fabricate service hours and rest periods when entered into log books. Frequently, evidence contained in Event Data Recorders (EDRs) can be compared to driver-supplied logs to verify key information following an accident. Though Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations require truck drivers to maintain documentation showing specific driving and resting times, truck "black boxes" can prove that drivers have falsified information.
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 you in every stage of your case including obtaining the available evidence.