Posted On: October 13, 2009 by Finch McCranie, LLP

Georgia Tractor-Trailer Accident Results In Death of Driver

Georgia injury lawyers who represent victims of tractor trailer accidents have long since known that driver fatigue may be the number one safety problem in the trucking industry today, and is a factor in nearly 40% of all crashes nationwide. These crashes almost always lead to the serious injury or wrongful death of innocent people. On Monday, a Georgia trucker, 47-year-old Michael Stinson of Williamson, Georgia was killed in a fiery crash on a south Georgia interstate. The accident occurred on I-75 near Lake Park around 12:30 am. Although the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Crash Reconstruction Team is still investigating, it appears that Stinson’s truck slammed into the back of another tractor trailer, overturned and caught on fire. Other truckers speculate that Stinson could have dosed off.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the trucking industry and places limits on the number of hours a truck driver can be in service. Based upon current regulations, a driver carrying property cannot drive more than 11 hours following 10 consecutive hours off-duty. A driver cannot operate a commercial vehicle for any period after having been on duty for 14 hours following ten consecutive hours off-duty.

The Georgia injury lawyers at Finch McCranie, LLP has been representing the victims of fatigued truck drivers for many years. If you have been injured or you have lost a loved one as a result of a trucking accident, call our experienced trial lawyers at (800) 228-9159 to discuss your rights.