Driver Fatigue Related Accidents
Driver fatigue leads to reckless driving incidents such as running off the road and improper lane changes, which can cause injury and damage to the driver and others on the road. When the overly tired driver is driving a truck, the accidents can be extremely severe, as in the case of comedian Tracy Morgan.
The truck and tractor trailer attorneys at Pope & Howard P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia, are award-winning trial lawyers experienced in pursing claims against tractor trailer or truck drivers that cause harm to others due to extreme fatigue.
The legal team at Pope & Howard, P.C., is well versed in trucking laws that provide safety to other drivers and liability to the truck drivers. Truckers must abide by the federal drivers hours-of-service regulations, which limit drivers to:
- 11 hours of driving
- 10 full hours of rest before a new shift can begin
- Keep an updated and accurate “Hours Log.” The log should pay close attention to any overtime hours logged
When drivers ignore these simple regulations and become fatigued from excessive daily or weekly work hours, they become negligent drivers and thus the responsible party in driver fatigue related accidents.
The skilled trucking attorneys at Pope & Howard, P.C., in Atlanta, Georgia, will also investigate the company to see if they imposed an unreasonable amount of miles to drive in a short period of time. Pope & Howard P.C.’s legal team will assess each individual case and determine which party, the tractor trailer driver or the company, is liable.
With years of experience as trial lawyers, Marc Howard and Geoff Pope represent clients' interests who have been injured or treated wrongly due to the negligence of others. If you have suffered from any of the above wrongs, contact the experts at Pope & Howard P.C. to set up a free consultation. Contact us via our contact form or by phone: 404-885-9999.