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How Are Truck Drivers Paid (And How Does It Cause Accidents?)

Posted on : April 20, 2022
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Truck driving is without a question a highly lucrative career. Nonetheless, it’s also one of the most hazardous and demanding occupations. To add insult to injury, the employment policies and compensation arrangements of the long-haul transportation industry often put truckers and other drivers on the road at risk of an accident. Here’s how truck drivers are paid and how this actually contributes to truck accidents.

Pay By Mile

Some compensation programs effectively encourage truck drivers to operate their vehicles for longer periods of time than is safe in order to make enough money to make ends meet. When truck drivers are paid only by the mile or unless a delivery is completed on schedule, this incentivizes drivers to take shortcuts or exceed federal hours of service regulations, endangering themselves and others on the road. Drowsy driving is a primary cause of truck accidents, which is often exacerbated by excessive driving hours.

U.S. Trucking Regulations

Federal laws, including hours-of-service standards, currently exist in the United States to restrict the length of time a truck driver can remain on the roadway before needing to rest for safety purposes. Nevertheless, there are many cases when a trucker was forced to keep driving and fabricated their driving logs or broke the hours of duty restriction, which ended up resulting in an accident.

Truck drivers and other people were killed in these collisions, which were entirely preventable. You need a competent truck accident lawyer to establish that the transportation business and/or the truck driver operating the vehicle were negligent and to blame.

How a Georgia Truck Accident Attorney Can Help

An experienced truck accident attorney who is well-versed in federal transportation laws can help determine if a regulatory violation caused an accident. Your lawyer will subpoena and analyze truck driver logbooks, the electronic recording device (also called the “black box”), business and transaction records, and any other pertinent documents. Your lawyer can assist you with obtaining these critical pieces of evidence before the truck driver or their employer has time to conceal or delete potentially incriminating records.

Contact Southside Injury Law Today For More Information

For guidance on how to handle a truck accident that you or a loved one were involved in, contact Southside Injury Law for legal advocacy. Call today for a consultation to discuss your needs by dialing (770) 703-6008 or toll-free at (800) 393-8595.

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