As a Georgia lawyer representing people who are hurt in trucking accidents – and the families of those who are killed – I see too many cases where it appeared that a truck driver was deeply fatigued, was over the legal hours of service, and had a paper log that was not accurate.
A study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration showed 13% of large truck drivers were fatigued at the time of an accident. Of the 141,000 estimated crashes, that’s 18,000 fatigued truck drivers causing crashes. According to a report by Brian Shapleigh at KJCT television in Grand Junction, Colorado, the Colorado Motor Carriers Association supports installation of on-board computers to track driving hours. Many in the trucking industry, however, oppose any such requirement.
The spokesman for the CMCA was quoted as saying truckers "need to go above and beyond actually what most drivers are" because of the size of the vehicle their driving.
The Shigley Law Firm represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases statewide in Georgia. Ken Shigley was designated as a "SuperLawyer" in Atlanta Magazine and one of the "Legal Elite" in Georgia Trend Magazine. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute and former chair of the Georgia Insurance Law Institute. He particularly focuses on cases arising from truck wrecks and accidents (tractor trailers truck wrecks, bus wrecks, semi truck wrecks,18 wheeler truck wrecks, big rig truck wrecks, log truck wrecks, dump truck wrecks.