Tractor-trailers collisions claim the lives of approximately 4,000 people annually with another 100,000 people suffering injury. The number of trucking accident deaths has been trending upward despite an overall decline in total motor vehicle accident fatalities over the last few years. Our Atlanta trucking accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates recognize that driver fatigue is one of the most significant causes of serious big-rig crashes. Because of the risk of fatigue-related trucking collisions, the trucking industry must comply with hours of service rules that impose mandatory limits on driving times and require the observation of break periods. Despite the importance of keeping fatigued truckers off our highways, Congress recently suspended stricter HOS regulations.