Category Archives: Trucking Wreck Injury

18-wheelers are dangerous, and there are few things worse than a trucking wreck injury, so we have posted stories to help.

Why Are Logging Trucks Dangerous for Georgia Motorists?

Logging trucks are a common sight in Macon and across Georgia. You probably see the logging trucks during your day-to-day travels. These trucks are also a cause of Macon truck accidents that involve injuries or deaths. Last month, three people suffered injuries after a logging truck flipped over at the intersection on Jefferson Road. Police said the logging truck driver ran through a red light. Logging trucks are heavy vehicles, even when they are not fully loaded. Minor collisions with these vehicles can result in catastrophic injuries or death. Logging trucks may crash for reasons that include but are not limited to: Improperly secured loads. There are multiple types of accidents that may occur when logging truck loads are not properly secured. Logs may come loose and hit other motorists. In addition, unsecured logs may shift while the vehicle is in motion. This may cause the truck to tip over…
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Seven Sources of Evidence in a Truck Accident Case

Evidence could come from multiple sources during a truck accident case. Many modern commercial trucks are outfitted with high-tech gear that may have recorded what occurred in the moments leading up to a crash. In addition to these sources of evidence, commercial trucking companies are required to follow strict state and federal regulations. Compliance with these regulations may require companies to maintain records that could also become useful evidence during a case. Evidence from a truck accident case might include: The truck’s black box. You have probably heard the term “black box” before if you are familiar with airplane crash investigations. Similar to the black box in commercial aircraft, most commercial trucks have hardware that record specific information. A truck’s electronic control module (black box) may record speed, driving time, hard braking events and other types of important information. The truck’s electronic logging device (ELD). We recently published a blog…
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Why Can Sleep Apnea Increase the Risk of a Truck Accident?

Drowsy driving is a widely-known cause of commercial truck accidents. Hours of service rules are regulations that were created to set limits on how long commercial truckers could operate their vehicles. These regulations were designed to prevent truck accidents caused by fatigued drivers. Unfortunately, hours of service rules cannot address another common cause of fatigued driving accidents. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that affects millions of people in the US, including truck drivers. Individuals with this condition experience interruptions in breathing while they are sleeping. These interruptions may jolt the person awake, keeping them from receiving a good night’s sleep. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of OSA include excessive daytime drowsiness and trouble concentrating. Given these symptoms, are truckers with untreated or undiagnosed OSA more likely to crash? The Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health published a study on commercial truck accidents and sleep apnea…
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