Semitrailers provide a very important service by transporting various goods, parts and materials. However, due to the size difference between semi-trucks and the other vehicles on the roads, they also pose a significant danger if they are driven improperly.
To help ensure that they are driven properly and truck accidents do not occur, truck drivers need to follow even stricter laws than the average driver needs to follow. Truck drivers are not allowed to use their phones at all while driving. They also cannot drink any alcohol at all prior to driving. There are also laws that prohibit them from working too much to prevent drowsy driving.
These laws are known an hours-of-service regulations. Under these laws truck drivers are only allowed to drive for 11 hours after taking at least a 10-hour break. Those 11 hours of driving must occur during the 14 hours after the 10-hour break as well. Truck drivers are also required to take at least a 30-minute break after eight hours of driving.
There are also limitations on how many hours they can work per week as well. They can either work 60 hours in a seven-day period or 70 hours in an eight day period. After the seven or eight-day period drivers need to take off at least 34 hours.
Drowsy driving is dangerous for any driver on Georgia roads. However, the consequences of drowsy driving for truck drivers can be catastrophic. It is important for truck drivers to abide by these laws, but the tight schedules set by their employers can force truck drivers to drive longer hours, which can result in drowsy driving and truck accidents can occur. Unfortunately, it is often the innocent victims that suffer the worse damages in these accidents and it is important they receive the compensation they deserve. Consulting with experienced attorneys could be beneficial.