New crash data shows that the majority of serious trucking accidents occur during the daytime between 6 a.m. through 7 p.m.
The federal report also shows 51 percent of fatal trucking accidents occurred between 6 a.m. through 3 p.m.
Currently there isn’t a law that mandates driving times for truckers, however, there is an ongoing federal impact study to determine whether implementing a driving time law would improve safety, operator fatigue, driver health and longevity.
What is against the law is placing drivers around you at harm due to driver fatigue.
A study revealed that a truck driver remaining awake for 17 hours lowers his or her response time by 50 percent.
So, how do you prove a truck driver was fatigued at the time of a wreck?
Well, here’s how my law firm investigates.
We first start by securing a copy of the incident report. I want to see what notes were taken by the officer. Did the truck driver admit that he was fatigued?
Second we want to take a look at the truck driver’s log.
Federal law requires Truck drivers to keep a log of their hours.
This log reflects when they start their day, all stops along the way, and certifies that they have inspected their vehicles.
These logs can also be used as evidence that the driver was suffering from driver fatigue because of the number of hours he or she spent on the road.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a truck driver’s negligence, please get legal representation for your claim right away.
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