Hours of service regulations are extremely important rules by which truckers need to abide. They were established for the safety of the truckers as well as other drivers. These rules legally define how long a trucker is allowed to drive so that they do not risk fatigue, as fatigue while driving has been proven to increase the risk of serious accidents. The fact is that accidents still happen, and, in some cases, the accidents are caused because a truck driver did not adhere to the restrictions in the hours of service regulations. If you were in an accident with a commercial truck, contact me, Marc Sedwick. I'm an experienced personal injury lawyer, and I will immediately get involved in your case, beginning with an evaluation of your case regarding whether the driver violated the hours of service regulations.
Were You Injured In An Accident With A Big Rig, Tractor-Trailer Or 18-Wheeler?
Long-haul trucking is a difficult and strenuous job. Truckers drive long hours alone and must reach each destination within a specific schedule. To make sure that truckers complete their jobs in a safe manner, the U.S. Department of Transportation created a set of regulations that restrict a trucker from driving dangerously long hours. Truckers cannot drive for more than 11 hours in a 14-hour period, and, following a 14-hour shift, they must take a rest period for 10 hours. If a trucker violates these rules, a serious accident is often the tragic consequence. Truck drivers are required to keep track of their hours by keeping written logs. Some trucks also have black boxes that record information about where a trucker drives, when they drive and for how long they stop. Both the written log and black box data can provide critical evidence to support your claim against the trucking firm.
Hours Of Service Regulation Violations And Truck Accidents
If you have been in an accident with a truck, you should be aware of this information. You should hire a skilled truck accident lawyer in Southern Indiana immediately.
The sooner you act, the better chance you have of achieving justice and fair compensation. Don't delay. Contact me at my firm, SedwickLaw, PC, by calling 812-920-4594 if you need help with a personal injury lawsuit. I have been named on The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 list, and I will put my skills to work for you.