Truck Driver Fatigue

The high volumes of traffic throughout the Atlanta-area roadways create hazardous conditions for vehicles and large trucks alike and trucking accidents occur all too common. Traffic incidents involving trucks are always 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.

Additionally, federal law governs the trucking industry, separating them from typical car accidents. Federal law mandates that the trucking companies ensure their drivers maintain a certain level of awareness when they drive, and a failure to do so can result in liability on behalf of the trucking company. Driving regulations for truck drivers state:

  • 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.

How Driver Fatigue Occurs & Symptoms

Driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of trucking accidents. It can be extremely difficult to establish liability in an accident involving driver fatigue. In many cases trucking companies are at fault for pressuring drivers into tough time frames for deliveries.

In these incidents, the trucking companies will stop at nothing to prove their driver (and therefore their company) are 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. Symptoms of truck driver fatigue include:

  • Decreased alertness
  • Weakening immune system
  • Diminished memory

In these types of intricate and complicated cases, you will need the attorneys at Jenkins Utley, P.C. We have the resources to take on the trucking industry and will dedicate ourselves to gathering the evidence needed to prove your case.

Contact the Truck Accident Attorneys at Jenkins Utley, P.C.

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Please contact the firm for all your litigation needs. Call our law office: (404) 919-7297 or fill out an online form. Your initial consultation is free of charge.