Truck driver errors cause many of the truck accidents that occur in Georgia and all throughout the country. Many people may not realize that, for years, Georgia has been among the top five states for fatal collisions involving commercial vehicles. If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident or have sustained injuries from a truck crash, the truck attorneys at York Gaskill, LLC are here to help.
Whenever someone is hurt in a crash with a commercial vehicle, it is important to conduct an investigation as soon as possible. Our firm is prepared to handle your case, conduct an investigation of the accident and closely look at the truck driver’s and/or truck company’s role in the collision. While most people tend to automatically place all of the blame on the truck driver, his or her trucking company may also bear some responsibility – particularly if the company permitted an incompetent driver to operate the truck or if the company neglected to abide by federal rules with respect to the number of hours their driver can operate the vehicle.
Common Truck Driver Errors
According to a study done by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), commercial truck drivers themselves are 10 times more likely to be the cause of a truck collision – not road conditions or the weather. That same study noted that among the mistakes committed by truck drivers, fatigue, distractions, road unfamiliarity and prescription/over-the-counter drug use are quite common. No matter the reason for the crash, York Gaskill, LLC will help ensure that you, the victim, obtain all the compensation to which you may be entitled.
Federal regulations require truck drivers to abide by specific “hours of service” rules to ensure drivers get the rest needed to operate their trucks safely. When truckers are tired, their fatigue often translates into the driver falling asleep while behind the wheel or becoming less attentive to roadway signage and the rules of the road. Fatigued truckers also may experience an altered reaction time, such that he or she may over (or under) react to a given scenario.
Anyone involved in a collision with a truck is encouraged to contact one of our truck accident lawyers as soon as possible – especially if you believe the driver fell asleep while behind the wheel.
Over-the Counter/Prescription Drug Use
Truckers are not allowed to use controlled substances of any type, unless it has been prescribed by a doctor who is aware of the trucker’s medical history, as well as the type of work he or she does. Knowing what the trucker does on a routine basis will help the doctor make an accurate determination as to whether the prescribed drug will have an adverse effect on the trucker’s ability to operate the commercial vehicle safely.
Regulations require truck companies to perform drug and alcohol tests on their drivers prior to employment, as well as periodically while they are on duty (and after a driver has been involved in a collision that resulted in a fatality).
One of the keys to successfully handling a truck accident case is to gather as much evidence as possible about the accident, which will include obtaining information from the truck’s data recorder. Often times, the technology onboard a truck will reveal a great deal about what took place within the truck that may have led to the accident.
Obtaining such information can be tricky and needs to be done quickly after an incident occurs, as some trucking companies work hard to get rid of potentially harmful information. York Gaskill, LLC has the know-how and skill to obtain and review the evidence, assess the facts and details, and use the evidence to ensure all those responsible for the collision are held accountable. Call our office today to get the help you need to resolve your case.