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Sleepy Driving & Truck Accidents | The Chestnut Law Firm | Atlanta GA
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Sleepy Driving & Truck Accidents

Serving Gainesville, Jacksonville, Atlanta areas

The trucking industry is the one of the most competitive commercial industries in America. Drivers must make deliveries under incredibly tight deadlines, or risk losing their pay.

Unfortunately, this pressure often leads to fatigued driving, which is one of the biggest problems facing drivers of commercial trucks. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates that fatigued driving plays a role in over 40% of all tractor-trailer accidents.

Unrealistic Schedules

Federal trucking laws have established Hours of Service (HOS) regulations that dictate how many consecutive hours a truck driver can spend on the road, and how many hours they must rest in between stretches of driving. Truckers are required to keep log books to record this time in detail.

When a truck drivers violates HOS rules to meet an unrealistic schedule and/or falsifies their log book entries, both the driver and the trucking company can be held responsible for any injuries caused in a truck accident.

Resorting to Drug Use

Fatigued truck drivers often resort to the use of stimulants (both legal and illegal) in an attempt to stay awake and alert on the road. Some of the most common stimulants used are ephedrine, caffeine, methamphetamines, and cocaine. These drugs come with dangerous potential side effects, including:

  • Paranoia
  • Confusion
  • Delayed reaction time
  • Poor judgment
  • Reckless driving

If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident because of a fatigued or intoxicated driver, or if your loved one was killed in a truck accident, please contact The Chestnut Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Jacksonville truck accident lawyers.

We represent injured truck accident victims in Gainesville and Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; and nationwide.

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Injury victims across the country turn to The Chestnut Firm for proven experience. Our passion for justice has translated to multimillion-dollar results. Why settle for anything less?

We Understand. We Care.

We understand the difficulties you are facing. Attorney Christopher M. Chestnut’s roots in the Chestnut Funeral Home, a well-established business with a legacy spanning 100 years, gave him insight into the tragic toll of fatal accidents. By serving bereaved families in the funeral home context, Mr. Chestnut developed a strong foundation of dignity and respect that continues to permeate his wrongful death practice today. He also gained a thorough understanding of mortuary law and claims relating to mortuary issues.

We Can Be Anywhere In The Country Within 24 Hours

Get experience and proven results-oriented representation. Contact The Chestnut Firm at 855-5-CHESTNUT for a free consultation. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, our lawyers handle wrongful death cases nationwide. No recovery, no fee.

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