Was Truck Driver Fatigue a Factor in Your Auto Accident?
Whether on an interstate highway, a local highway, a city street or in a parking lot, the truck accident that caused serious injury or death needs to be investigated. The injured person or the family of a person who lost his or her life in the accident may be eligible for financial compensation.
It is the goal, the task, and the responsibility of our attorneys to investigate, evaluate, negotiate and litigate in pursuit of monetary compensation. We are prepared to look into every possible cause and relevant factor such as driver fatigue as our lawyers pursue compensation for you after a truck accident injury or death.
In the course of a detailed investigation into the causes of a serious trucking accident, our lawyers may learn that the truck driver in question had not taken the proper rest periods as required by federal law. Was driver fatigue possibly a factor?
Investigating Truck Driving Logs
Trucking laws and regulations stipulate that a truck driver must accurately record in a log the hours that he was on the road and the hours that he rested. Truck drivers who are paid by the mile rather than the hour have a strong incentive to “fudge” their driving records in order to arrive sooner and be paid more for less time.
A truck driver’s log must be preserved as soon after the truck accident as possible in order to ensure that this vital piece of evidenced is not destroyed. Investigators may learn that the “official” log and an informal “actual” log kept by the driver differed significantly — apparently in order to disguise the potential for driver fatigue that was caused by too many hours on the road and too little time to sleep. An experienced accident lawyer is an important advocate for victims of trucking accidents in such cases.
Do You Suspect Truck Driver Fatigue? Our Lawyers Can Advise You
Whether the truck driver is found to have been guilty of improper disclosure of rest time in the trucker’s log or some other type of driver negligence (such as excessive speeding tickets), this information may be essential for building a strong case for your compensation after a truck accident.
Our attorneys welcome the opportunity to listen and advise you. To discover that driver fatigue was a factor, you need a lawyer’s help.
Contact our office to schedule a free initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer. We handle most cases on a contingency fee basis. We don’t charge attorney fees unless we obtain monetary compensation for you.