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Truck driver from Atlanta arrested for causing fatal accident

Tractor-trailers are used every day to transport various goods to places in Georgia or through Georgia to its ultimate destination in another state. These trucks are very important not only to commerce, but also for the truck drivers who earn their income driving the trucks. These drivers can be paid in a variety of ways though and some are paid based on how many deliveries they can make in a specified time. Unfortunately, that means that the drivers will push the limits in order to make more money.

According the police this is exactly what a truck driver from Georgia did when he caused a fatal tractor-trailer accident in California. The driver had fallen asleep in the driver seat and had the truck in park. The problem was that he was parked on a highway. A bus full of passengers then crashed into the parked truck killing 13 people and injuring many others. The police believe that the driver had violated the federal rules for hours of service and sleep. They also believe he changed his daily logs to reflect that he was actually in compliance when in reality he was not.

While some of the federal rules for truck drivers may seem overbearing, there is a reason for them that is highlighted in the case above. When tractor-trailers are involved in accidents often times the results are catastrophic for the people involved. People die as a result and those who survive may have injuries, which completely change their lives. These victims may be entitled to compensation though. This will not heal the injuries, but it will make life much easier as they recover from them.

Nonetheless, there are tractor-trailer accidents in Georgia every year. These accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. These types of results can completely change a person's life and be very costly as well. The victims may be entitled to compensation from the truck driver and the truck company though. It is important that the victims receive what they deserve and experienced attorneys may be able to guide one through the process.

Source: AJC.com, "Metro Atlanta truck driver fell asleep before bus crash that killed 13 in California, officials say," Raisa Habersham, Oct. 19, 2017

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