Overworked Truck Drivers Can be Dangerous
While some people might be temporarily out of work or working from home, others are out putting in more hours on the job than ever before, especially commercial truck drivers. These drivers travel miles and miles back and forth across the country, ensuring that the shelves of our groceries are stocked and that packages can be delivered to our doors.
Truck drivers have to abide by regulations enacted and enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). One regulation limits the hours of service a driver can spend on the road and requires them to take certain rest breaks from driving. This is intended to prevent fatigued driving, though many truck drivers are still overworked and overtired in recent weeks.
Just because a driver is not actively operating a commercial truck does not mean they are not working. Hours of service limits do not account for the constant loading and unloading of trucks that many drivers handle on a daily basis. This physical labor plus the long hours on monotonous highways can result in serious physical and mental fatigue.
Fatigue can impair a driver’s abilities in many ways, including causing:
- Loss of focus and concentration on the road
- Blurred vision
- Wandering minds
- Falling asleep at the wheel
All of these can result in serious truck crashes, which can injure others.
Consult with a Truck Accident Lawyer in Atlanta as Soon as Possible
If you were injured in a truck collision, you want a skilled Atlanta truck accident attorney from the office of Ben F. Windham, PC, on your side. Contact us online or call 833.236.9467 so we can evaluate your rights for free. We have offices in Atlanta, South Atlanta, East Georgia, and the Covington/Conyers/Monroe area, and we handle complicated truck accident claims. Call today.