Injured in an 18 Wheeler Trucking Accident in Georgia?
Atlanta Truck Accident Attorney Stephen Apolinsky Fights for Victim Compensation
Experienced Commercial Truck Accident Lawyers in Atlanta
Atlanta truck accident attorney Stephen D. Apolinsky has tried more than 30 car or truck accident cases. As a leading trucking accident lawyer, he has been invited to appear with a client on the television courtroom series “Texas Justice” to re-enact his representation of a client who was injured when an 18-wheeler collided with her car – just one example of his successful litigation in traffic-related cases, including cases caused by tired truck drivers.
Large commercial truck crashes accounted for 3,964 fatalities and 95,000 injuries in the United States in 2013. If you have been involved in a personal injury involving a commercial truck accident, your best course of action is to consult with one of our Atlanta truck accident lawyers. Likewise, if you have been injured in an serious auto accident, Apolinsky & Associates, LLC has the legal capacity and expertise to help. You may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries by bringing a legal claim against the responsible parties if you or a loved one was involved in an accident with a commercial truck or if you were in a car wreck.
Tired Truck Drivers: What are Georgia Trucking Regulations?
Unfortunately, stories of devastating and even fatal highway accidents caused by fatigued commercial truck and bus drivers are all too commonplace. Fatigue may cause drivers to lose their focus on the road or, even worse, to doze off behind the wheel. However, when an industry generally pays its drivers by the mile, the incentive is to push the driver’s levels of tolerance. An Atlanta truck accident lawyer at the law firm of Apolinsky & Associates, LLC can help you understand the complex state and federal regulations governing commercial truck drivers.
As a member of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLAmerica), Stephen D. Apolinsky has particular interest and experience in the nuances of commercial trucking accidents in Georgia. His track record of success, including winning damages totaling $185,000 for the driver of a vehicle rear ended by an 18-wheel tractor trailer, demonstrates his experience in the field.
Federal Regulations on Truck Drivers
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), established on January 1, 2000, serves to improve roadway safety by regulating the activities of the commercial trucking industry. The two key safety areas addressed by FMCSA regulations are hours of service rules and drivers daily logs.
Commercial Truck Drivers Hours of Service Rules
In an effort to combat driver fatigue, the FMCSA enacted a federal regulation limiting hours of service. In general, the regulation prevents commercial truckers from logging more than 10 consecutive hours or 11 cumulative hours in a single day. Similarly, current laws prohibit commercial truck drivers from logging more than 60 hours in any rolling 7-day period. In addition to the federal hours of service rules, commercial truck drivers may also have to comply with certain state regulations.
Truck Drivers Daily Log
To make sure that commercial truck drivers are adhering to state and federal hours of service regulations, they must maintain logs that track detailed information about the amount of time they spend behind the wheel. Authorized government inspectors may inspect logs at any time to see if drivers comply with the hours of service regulations. Drivers who violate the rules may be fined or place out of service.
Get Help from an Atlanta Truck Accident Attorney
Commercial truck accidents can be very different from automobile accidents. Often-complex laws hold truckers to regulatory standards. If you suffer injuries resulting from a commercial truck accident, contact an experienced Atlanta truck accident attorney today for a free initial consultation. We will help you get the recovery you deserve.