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Requirements for truck drivers to rest to help keep roads safe

There are many people who drive on the roads in and around Atlanta every day. That is why it is imperative that drivers pay attention to the road. Drivers need to ensure that they are not using their phones, try to avoid being distracted by others in their car or things going on outside of it that they are not impaired in any way. This impairment could be caused by drugs, alcohol or lack of sleep, which can be just as dangerous as being under the influence.

This is especially true for truck drivers driving tractor-trailers. When tractor-trailer accidents occur, they can cause much more damage and more severe injuries due to their size compared to the other vehicles on the road. Also, many truck accidents involve multiple vehicles, meaning more lives can be affected by the accident.

To help ensure that truck drivers are not too tired when they are driving, there are federal regulations stating how long they are allowed to drive at one time and in one day as well as one week. Drivers are only allowed to drive for 11 hours a day and those 11 hours must be completed within 14 hours of their last off-duty period of at least 10 hours. A truck driver can also drive for only eight consecutive hours without taking at least a 30 minute break. They can only drive 60/70 hours in a 7/8 period of time. After those 7/8 days, they must be off-duty for at least 34 consecutive hours before starting another 7/8 day period of time.

Despite these regulations some truck drivers in Georgia do not follow the rules and truck accidents occur as a result. These accidents can be devastating for the victims and their families. However, the victims may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. The truck company may be required to pay medical bills, loss wages and other damages associated with the accident. Experienced attorneys understand how devastating these accidents can be and may be a useful resource.

Source: fmcsa.dot.gov, "Summary of Hours of Service Regulations" accessed on August 2, 2017

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