Driving a big rig is difficult, and if a driver is not 100% trained, aware, and able to maneuver the truck, accidents can happen. Fatigue is a major contributor to truck accidents in Georgia, but it is something that can easily be prevented. Here’s what you need to know about the relationship between fatigue and truck accidents, and what to do if you or a loved one were injured in a crash.
Is Driving Tired the Same as Driving Drunk?
Many people consider driving drowsy as dangerous as driving drunk. For example, a truck driver who is tired can’t respond quickly to the conditions around them, and the fatigue impairs the vision and hearing of the driver. A driver’s judgment can be impaired by being tired — he or she may not be able to make appropriate decisions, like emergency stopping or using the horn to alert another driver of a potential accident. Driving while intoxicated can also impair a driver’s vision and judgment, and both intoxication and fatigue are direct causes of thousands of accidents every year.
Why Are Truck Drivers Fatigued?
Truck drivers often drive tired for many reasons. Most trucking companies pay their drivers by the mile, not by the hour. Making more money by driving more miles can provide truck drivers with incentives to drive as much as possible, despite laws that restrict how many hours a driver can drive consecutively.
Can Fatigue Be Prevented?
Fatigue is a completely preventable cause of truck accidents. A few ways might be to replace paper logs that can be altered with electronic logs that record driving data automatically, or to pay drivers by the hour instead of by the mile. Drivers themselves can be responsible and abide by the laws governing how many hours they can drive and get plenty of rest in their off time.
When to Contact an Attorney
A truck accident can be devastating and costly for a family. If you or a family member were hurt in a truck accident, you may be eligible for compensation to cover the damages you’ve incurred as a result of the crash, like hospital bills and lost wages. At Chalker Injury Law, we can provide you with the comprehensive legal support you need against big trucking companies with an experienced team of lawyers who handle truck accidents on a regular basis.
Call today for a consultation at (678) 319-9991.