Drowsiness can be deadly, especially when it happens on the road. Drivers of trucks and other commercial vehicles who are engaged in interstate commerce are at an especially high risk of drowsiness due to long hours of driving.
To ensure that commercial drivers have had enough rest before getting behind the wheel, each state has established Hours of Service Regulations (HOS) that outline a driver’s limits based on consecutive hours off duty. In Georgia, for instance, property carrying truck drivers are allowed to drive for 11 hours after having 10 consecutive hours off work. On the other hand, drivers of passenger-carrying vehicles are allowed to drive for 10 hours after an 8-hour off duty.
In some instances, however, trucking companies and operators neglect their duty to operate in compliance with the HOS for the sake of more profit. If a truck-related accident you have been involved in was a result of an Hours of Service violation, the legal team at the Ausband & Dumont might be able to help you file a claim against the party involved. Call our Atlanta office at (404) 812-0051 to learn more about taking legal action.