Medical Conditions Cause Many Serious Trucking Accidents in Georgia
Many commercial truck drivers operate vehicles despite serious medical conditions that make it unsafe for them to be on the road. This is an alarming situation when one considers that the typical fully loaded big-rig may weigh in excess of 25 times more than an average passenger vehicle.
This is the reason that when passenger vehicles and commercial trucks collide 98 percent of those who are killed are passenger vehicle occupants. Based on data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were in excess of 800 fatal tractor-trailer accidents caused by drivers who suffered from fatigue or serious medical conditions that made them medically unqualified during a recent seven year period.
If you have been injured by a fatigued truck driver or a tractor-trailer operator with serious medical conditions, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The experienced Atlanta commercial trucking accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have been representing Georgia residents injured by negligent truck drivers for over 27 years. Trucking accidents are amongst the most complex of all motor vehicle accidents to litigate. We have been handling commercial trucking accidents for over a quarter of a century and use our extensive knowledge of the trucking industry to obtain the best possible result for our clients.
Even many fatigue-related accidents are linked to a medical condition, specifically sleep apnea. Federal trucking regulators estimate that as many as 36 percent of all tractor-trailer operators suffer from sleep apnea. Whether it be sleep apnea, diabetes, epilepsy or other medical conditions, the problem of commercial truck drivers being on the road despite being medically unqualified is massive in scope. During a recent five-year period, law enforcement authorities issued over 900,000 traffic tickets for being unable to provide medical certification.
Not only do many drivers fail to obtain medical certification, but regulation and oversight in the process of obtaining medical certification is appallingly lax. The medical record system is not well coordinated so it is often the case that a truck driver’s serious medical condition may be kept buried. Further, the exams are cursory at best and often conducted by “truck-stop medical clinics” that know their job is to provide medical certification and keep the driver on the road. A medical certification need not be issued by a doctor but can also be provided by certain nurses, chiropractors and physician assistants. Without medical doctors conducting the exams the truck drivers do not receive a full medical exam. There is also no training or requirements regarding proper evaluations for issuance of medical certification.
With so many commercial truck drivers on the road with serious medical conditions, it is no wonder that so many people suffer serious injuries and fatalities in commercial trucking accidents. If you suffer serious injuries or a loved one suffers wrongful death in a Georgia tractor-trailer accident, Montlick and Associates will diligently pursue your best interests as part of our ongoing effort to be regarded as the best Atlanta commercial trucking lawyers in Georgia.
Our Georgia commercial trucking accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.