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Truck Driver Fatigue

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High volumes of traffic throughout Atlanta-area roadways create hazardous conditions for both passenger vehicles and large trucks. Trucking accidents are all too common on our city’s roads, highways, and freeways. Traffic incidents involving trucks are made more complicated by the number of parties involved—from the driver to the trucking company to the shipper of the cargo. There are a number of factors to consider when litigating these types of cases.

Making things even more complicated, federal laws govern the trucking industry, separating trucking accidents from typical car collisions. Federal law mandates that trucking companies ensure their drivers maintain a certain level of awareness when they drive. Failure to do so can result in liability on behalf of the trucking company.

Driving regulations for truck drivers include:

  • Drivers may only drive a maximum of 11 consecutive hours.
  • Drivers may not drive more than 60 hours in a week.
  • Drivers are required 34 off-duty hours if working a 7 or 8 consecutive-day period.

These laws govern the amount of time drivers are allowed to drive as well as the hours they are permitted to have off-duty for rest and leisure. When drivers or trucking companies do not comply with these rules, they may become subject to driver fatigue and its consequences.

If you were involved in an accident as a result of truck driver fatigue and suffered injuries from the accident, call our Atlanta trucking accident attorneys at (404) 334-3013 today.

How Driver Fatigue Occurs & Symptoms

Driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of trucking accidents. In many cases, trucking companies are at fault for pressuring drivers into tough time frames for deliveries.

Symptoms of truck driver fatigue include:

  • Decreased alertness
  • Weakening immune system
  • Diminished memory

It can be extremely difficult to establish liability in an accident involving driver fatigue. In these incidents, the trucking companies will stop at nothing to prove their driver (and therefore their company) is not at fault. They will hire private investigators, experts, and lawyers to protect them in court. You will need a firm with the resources to match the trucking company you are filing suit against. Our experienced Atlanta trucking accident attorneys can fight for you.

Contact Jenkins Utley, P.C. for a Free Consultation

At Jenkins Utley, P.C., we are committed to helping our clients navigate the often complex process of filing a trucking accident. Our attorneys offer compassionate, personalized legal services and uncompromising representation every step of the way. While we strive for fair settlements for our clients, we are fully prepared to take your case to trial whenever necessary. With more than 16 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys are ready to fight for you.

Contact Jenkins Utley, P.C. at (404) 334-3013 today to schedule your complimentary, confidential consultation with our lawyers.

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