Most truck accidents are caused by driver error. Driver error is considered the truck driver's actions or behavior that results in improper driving. Better understanding how to deal with insurance companies after truck accidents is helpful in determining fault and cause of an accident.
Driver error can include one or more of the following:
- substance use (alcohol, drugs or medication);
- improperly loaded cargo;
- aggressive driving;
- lack of proper training/experience;
- unfamiliarity with the roads; and
Because fatigue is one of the most common causes of truck accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has imposed laws regarding the amount of consecutive driving time for drivers. Truck drivers are not allowed to drive more than 11 hours after 10 hours off work. If the truck driver has been off duty for more than 10 consecutive hours, then the maximum time spent driving should not exceed 14 hours. Truck drivers should not be allowed to drive more than 60 hours in a 7-day period or 70 hours over a period of eight days. They must also be off work for at least 34 hours before starting a 7-day driving period.
If you were involved in a truck accident caused by driver error and live in the Atlanta area, contact truck accident attorney Sheryl Burke of S. Burke Law. Sheryl and her staff will treat you like family and give your case the attention it deserves. Contact her today at 1-404-467-0909.