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Truck Accidents

Trucking companies are not required to pay their drivers overtime, yet they often demand that drivers work 60 or more hours per week. Most interstate drivers are not paid by the hour, but are compensated by the load or mile. Therefore, they are not paid for waiting time or any time needed to load or unload the truck. Because of these working conditions, truck drivers must often work quickly throughout many long hours in order to be profitable. These kinds of working conditions can lead to errors that result in accidents.

Truck driver fatigue and sleep deprivation are common causes of trucking accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states that drivers of large trucks are ten times more likely to be the cause of a crash than other factors, such as poor road conditions, inclement weather, negligent vehicle maintenance, etc. Fatigue can cause a truck driver to fall asleep at the wheel, misjudge gaps and generally be inattentive while driving.

As a result of these working conditions, the FMCSA has set forth regulations governing:

  • Minimum uniform commercial driver's license requirements - in order to obtain a commercial driver's license, a person must undergo drug, knowledge and skills testing, employer responsibilities and federal disqualification
  • Minimum levels of insurance coverage - trucks must carry $500,000 per carrier operating in interstate commerce and $1million per carrier if transporting hazardous cargo in interstate commerce.
  • Driver's hours of operation - the FMCSA sets the hours a trucker can be on-duty, off-duty and sleeping.
  • Physical qualifications of drivers

In addition to truck driver fatigue, trucking accidents can also occur if a driver is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, if a truck was improperly loaded, if a truck was negligently maintained, if the front brakes were removed or depowered in an effort to save on replacement costs and so on. No matter the cause of the accident, it is important to work with an experienced attorney who will fight for the compensation you deserve.

Current federal laws and regulations dictate that any company owning a trucking permit is responsible for all accidents involving a truck that has its placard or name displayed on the vehicle. This is regardless of what a lease says or whether the driver is an employee of the company or an independent contractor.

Augusta trucking accident lawyer Troy Lanier offers a free consultation to evaluate your claim. In trucking accident lawsuits, the truck driver or the trucking company may be held liable for damages. It is important that action be taken quickly in order to preserve evidence, investigate the accident and file a suit within the statute of limitations in order to get the compensation you deserve.

Trucking Accident in Augusta, GA

Troy Lanier thoroughly prepares all of his cases for trial and knows how to push them through the court system. As a result of his diligence, his clients are known to receive fair settlement offers that reflect the full value of their claims without any unnecessary delays. For more information, contact Augusta Truck Accident Lawyer Troy Lanier at 800-511-7984.

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Troy A. Lanier, P.C.
453 Greene Street
Augusta, GA 30901
Phone: Toll-Free: 800-511-7984 | 706-550-1941
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