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Driver Logs

Driver Logs

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.

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.

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