An experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney can tell you that one of the more common causes of a truck accident is driver fatigue. Even though there are federal regulations that limit the amount of time behind the wheel, drivers can still break the rules and be the subject of truck accident liability.
Truck drivers may completely disregard those mandated hours and drive beyond the allowable time, or they may take an over-the-counter or prescription medication that makes them sleepy. Proving truck accident liability as a result of fatigue can sometimes be difficult. Police officers who respond to the accident or witnesses may be able to attest to the fact that the driver appeared to be tired.
Logbooks can become a helpful piece of evidence to prove if a driver was operating their truck beyond the hours allowed. While logbooks can come in paper form, some trucks are outfitted with electronic devices. It can show how many days and hours the driver has been on the road. Even if they didn’t exceed what is allowed, there may be evidence that shows they weren’t fit to continue driving.
There are other common ways that a truck driver can be liable for an accident. No matter the cause, if you were seriously injured, you could be entitled to compensation in a personal injury claim.
Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney
As the victim of an accident, you have rights that the insurance companies cannot ignore. While they have a team of lawyers working on their side, shouldn’t you have experienced legal representation fighting for your best interests? Before accepting any settlement offer, contact the Law Offices of Jason Schultz to schedule a FREE consultation on your case – 404-474-0804.