Driving tired is not an option when you are pushing an 80,000-pound truck down a highway. Yet many truck drivers stay on the road much longer than is allowed under state and federal guidelines. Driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of accidents involving tractor-trailers.
At the Finney Law Office in St. Louis, Missouri, our attorneys hold truck drivers and their employers accountable when their negligence injures other people. If you have been injured or a loved one is killed in an accident caused by a fatigued driver, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. Our lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
DOT Hours-Of-Service Regulations
Many people are not aware of the stringent Department of Transportation regulations that apply to truck drivers. For example, truckers may drive a maximum of 10 hours after a rest break of eight consecutive hours off duty. Hours-of-service regulations are there for a reason, as tired drivers put other people at risk.
When investigating a truck accident, our lawyers will collect and preserve evidence such as:
- Driver logbooks
- Diesel fuel and food receipts
- Truck GPS records (if so equipped)
While driver logbooks may be falsified, other evidence such as fuel and food receipts can provide an accurate picture of how far a truck driver traveled over a period of time. GPS records can show when a truck was moving and the speed at which it was traveling. If a driver claimed to be resting while the truck traveled hundreds of miles on the interstate, our lawyers can build a strong case of negligence against the driver.
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