DC Truck Accident Lawyer
The commercial trucking industry is heavily regulated, and truck drivers
are monitored closely. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA), all commercial truck drivers must keep daily logs to track their
work hours. Work hours may be recorded electronically by on-board devices,
or manually in logbooks.
The information captured in driver logs is important for federal regulators
looking to protect public safety. They can also be of use after accidents
as a way to determine whether negligence may have played a role in causing
accidents or injuries.
Protecting Public Safety – Driver logs are an important tool for regulating trucking companies and
truck drivers. Federal trucking regulators will regularly check these
logs to ensure that drivers are obeying federal law and that they are
complying with Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules. HOS rules create strict guidelines
for the amount of time drivers are allowed to be at work and behind the
wheel, and also establish mandatory break and rest periods. These laws
– as well as log books – are designed to protect the public
from the dangers of
tired truck drivers.
Determining Fault – After accidents, driver logs can be used as evidence against truck drivers
and trucking companies. Depending on the information found in logs, experienced
attorneys may be able to highlight that drivers were violating HOS rules
and were overworked or fatigued at the time of an accident. Failing to
keep logs, inaccurate logs, and other information found in logbooks can
also be used to highlight a history of negligence or carelessness on the
part of truck drivers and their employers.
Protecting Victims' Rights
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our Washington, DC
truck accident attorneys are passionate about protect the rights and futures of victims
and their families. In truck accident cases we handle, we fully investigate
all circumstances surrounding an accident, and closely review any forms
of evidence we can obtain, including driver logs. We use this information
to build the strongest possible claims for our clients, prove negligence
and liability, and recover the compensation our clients deserve.
Call 202-644-8303 for a FREE Case Review
If you or a family member has recently been harmed in a traffic accident
involving a commercial truck, we can provide you the support and legal
help you need. Our lawyers are prepared to immediately review your case,
explain your rights, and discuss how we may be able to help.
To request a FREE consultation, contact us
today or fill out an online case evaluation