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Tired Eyes: Investigating Commercial Driver Fatigue

Posted on April 23, 2021 in Commercial Truck Accidents

Whether you are investigating a wreck for a client injured by a tractor-trailer or advising a motor carrier client on industry best practices, it would be wise to study the motor carrier’s approach to managing driver fatigue.  Driver fatigue continues to be a growing problem and safety threat to everyone on the roadway.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), driver fatigue or sleep deprivation is a contributing factor in nearly 100,000 motor vehicle wrecks and 1,500 deaths each year in the United States.  The commercial trucking industry largely contributes to this problem. Studies have shown that driver… read more

Five Common Truck Accident Myths

Posted on September 10, 2019 in Truck Accidents

Truck accidents often leave victims with serious injuries. These crashes are unpredictable, and they happen more often than people realize. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there 4,761 total fatalities and 148,000 total injuries due to large truck crashes during the latest reporting year in the US. However, there are many myths surrounding large truck accidents. Myth 1: Truck drivers are not likely to cause accidents because they have extensive driving experience. Nearly 90% of all truck accidents are caused by driver errors, whether the errors are on the part of the truck driver or on the… read more

Auto Accidents and Delivery Trucks

Posted on September 3, 2019 in Truck Accidents

As Amazon, eBay, and other online shopping giants have emerged over the last few decades, there have been more and more delivery trucks on the roadways of Georgia. A recent NPR report said that 92% of Americans have shopped online. However, accidents involving delivery trucks can be devastating. They can lead to severe injuries for the truck drivers as well as passengers in other vehicles involved. What causes Georgia delivery truck accidents? There are various causes for these accidents. In many cases, the cause can be broken down to three things – driver negligence, company negligence, and vehicle failure. Driver… read more

What Are the Advantages of a Truck-Only Interstate in Atlanta?

Posted on March 13, 2019 in Truck Accidents

Atlanta is a hub for shipping and transport, with thousands of commercial trucks passing through every day. Interstate 75 sees a heavy amount of semi-truck traffic on any given day, as trucks transport millions of tons of cargo across the state. It is almost impossible for motor vehicle drivers to escape seeing a large truck while driving in Atlanta. Interactions between trucks and other motorists can lead to deadly accidents. In 2015 (the most recent year data is available), 182 accident fatalities involved large trucks in Georgia. Now, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is proposing a way to address… read more

Do Commercial Truck Drivers Undergo Background Checks?

Posted on October 24, 2018 in Commercial Truck Accidents

Commercial trucking is an enormous industry. Currently, over one million people work in trucking in the U.S. The largest occupation in trucking is truck driving. Yet even with over 900,000 drivers, the trucking industry is experiencing a labor shortage. The number of drivers can’t meet the constantly increasing demand for consumer goods. The pressure to fill empty seats can lead to trucking companies expediting the hiring process – increasing the risk of unsafe and incompetent drivers. Skipping background checks, ignoring drug tests, and illegally hiring certain convicted felons can increase the risk of dangerous truck drivers on the roads. Yet… read more

Can Police Randomly Stop Truck Drivers for DoT Violations?

Posted on April 25, 2018 in Truck Accidents

Police have the authority to pull over a truck driver for a routine inspection, even if the driver did not commit a traffic offense or moving violation. The Department of Transportation (DoT) authorizes police to conduct these stops, and it also employs their own inspection officers to patrol for potential violations. Tractor-trailers must meet an enormous number of federal regulations and compliance standards, so they are relatively easy targets for police officers. Seemingly innocuous problems like a missing reflector, outdated vehicle document, rusty or painted rims, or dirty license plate can be enough to justify a ticket for a truck… read more