Trucking companies have to make sure their drivers are aware of the risks of drowsy driving, and in no situation should they engage in practices that encourage sleep-deprived drivers to be on the road.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) November 17, 2012
Atlanta truck accident lawyer Bruce Millar today called on trucking companies to educate their drivers about the risks of driving while fatigued as part of national Drowsy Driving Prevention Week.
Millar pointed to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2012 Sleep in America poll, which surveyed truck drivers and other transportation professionals about their sleep habits and work performance. Fourteen percent of the truck drivers surveyed said they had experienced a “near miss” of an accident due to sleepiness while operating their big-rig vehicle.
In another survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, one in five truckers admitted to dozing at the wheel at least once during the previous month, said Millar of the Atlanta personal injury firm of Millar & Mixon, LLC, which represents truck accident victims throughout Georgia.
“These surveys show that even truckers themselves admit that they have placed themselves and others on the road in serious danger to due driving while fatigued,” Millar said. “While these drivers certainly must be responsible and take themselves off the road when they are too tired to drive, their employers have a duty as well.
“Trucking companies have to make sure their drivers are aware of the risks of drowsy driving, and in no situation should they engage in practices that encourage sleep-deprived drivers to be on the road.”
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) has declared the second week of November to be Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. The annual campaign provides public education about the under-reported risks of driving while drowsy and countermeasures that can improve safety on the road, the NSF says.
Most people are aware of the dangers of drinking and driving, but they don’t realize that drowsy driving can be fatal, too, the NSF says. Like alcohol, fatigue and sleepiness slow reaction times, decrease awareness, impair judgment and increase the risk of a crash.
Because of the size and weight commercial motor vehicles (also called tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers and transfer trucks), they can create heightened danger when operated by fatigued drivers, Millar said. Truck accidents often cause more property damage, personal injury and death than passenger car accidents, according to the veteran Atlanta personal injury attorney.
“Having fewer truck accidents caused by drowsy driving is in everyone’s interests, and we hope the trucking industry can see this,” Millar said.
“In the meantime, anyone harmed in a crash caused by a fatigued truck driver should seek legal help right away to learn about their legal options. They have rights that an experienced truck accident attorney can protect.”
About Millar & Mixon, LLC
The Atlanta personal injury law firm of Millar & Mixon, LLC, based in Atlanta, GA, focuses on representing persons injured in car, truck, motorcycle, bus and other motor vehicle accidents. The firm also handles DUI cases, slip and fall injuries and animal attacks and bites, among other personal injury claims. Since 1993 Atlanta attorney Bruce Millar has obtained judgments and settlements exceeding $60 million for his clients.
The firm represents Georgia accident and injury clients throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and the state of Georgia, including Jonesboro, East Point, North Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Forest Park, College Park, Decatur, Roswell, Marietta, Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Riverdale, Lawrenceville, Athens and Macon. The firm’s office is located at Colony Square, 1201 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30361 (local phone (770) 477-6360). For more information, call (877) 361-1053 or contact the firm through its online form.