Hours of Service Violations
Savannah Trucking Accident Lawyers
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has done much to
regulate commercial trucks on America’s highways, all in the name
of protecting motorists in smaller vehicles. Through their research and
regulations, it has been determined that one of the leading causes of
trucking accidents is trucker fatigue, brought upon by hours of service violations. If you
were hit by a commercial truck in Georgia, odds are high that the truck
driver was exhausted due to being overworked by their parent company,
or by their own efforts to complete more deliveries. Retain the services
of Karsman, McKenzie & Hart when it comes time to investigate your
claim and file a lawsuit.
Why trust our Savannah truck accident attorneys?
- Millions in judgements secured for clients
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- One-on-one attention delivered to each client
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Initial consultations are free. Why not get yours today?
How Fatigue Affects a Trucker
The FMCSA does not permit most truckers from working longer than 14 hours
in one day with only 11 of those hours spent actually behind the wheel.
While this is already a considerably long shift by many standards and
compared to many other occupations, some commercial truckers work even
longer schedules. Sometimes their employer asks too much of them, requiring
them to fulfill deliveries that simply cannot be done in less than 14
hours. In other cases, the trucker themselves wants to get ahead on their
week’s routine or earn some extra pay and decide to take on additional
routes. Either way, the result is disastrous.
Hour of service violations lead to trucker fatigue, which can cause:
- Slower reaction time (increased braking distance)
- Difficulty steering around corners
- Inability to stay within the lane
- Speeding (difficulty discerning relative motion)
Electronic On-Board Recorders in Trucks
Each commercial truck that is in use today should be fitting with some
brand of electronic on-board recorder (EOBR). Acting very much like an
airplane’s black box recorder, an EOBR tracks basic yet crucial
data about the truck. Some can tell velocity and when brakes were applied
but most will at least record hours of service between stops. By gaining
access to the EOBR inside the truck that hit you, and the time stamps
within it, our Savannah personal injury attorneys can gather critical
evidence to use to your advantage.
Fighting for Maximum Compensation and Nothing Less
Recovering after being in a trucking accident can get costly as medical
bills and repair costs continue to pile up. Our personal injury lawyers
in Savannah are dedicated to doing all they can to determine the
maximum value of your case and bringing that number to conference room negotiations
or courtroom litigation. You deserve to get every dollar you need. You
deserve to have a team like us by your side.
Contact us soon before your statute of limitations expires.