Truck Driver Fatigue
Chicago Truck Driver Fatigue Lawyers
In order to prevent hazards brought on by truck driver fatigue, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) specifies “hours of service” (HOS) rules for truckers. Driving too many hours on too little sleep is a common cause of truck driver fatigue, which can lead to careless driving and accidents. Commercial truck drivers are required to keep detailed records of their rest periods and numbers of hours on the road in a logbook. After a truck accident that results in serious or catastrophic injury or fatality, a detailed investigation should include review of the truck driver’s logbook.
Some drivers actually keep two logbooks: one (unofficial) showing the hours they actually drove and another (official) one that readjusts those hours to create an illusion of compliance. It is very important to obtain the official logbook — and any unofficial records, as well — right away after a truck crash.
Review a Truck Driver’s Logbook to Help Determine Whether Truck Driver Fatigue Was a Factor
Laws dictate how long truckers and their employers should keep these logbooks and make them available to investigators. Once the logbook has been lost or destroyed, it may be impossible to prove that driver fatigue was a likely factor in a truck accident. For this reason, we urge you to talk to a personal injury lawyer sooner rather than later in the aftermath of a truck accident.
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We assist clients who have suffered injuries in serious truck accidents in Chicago, including accidents on I-80, I-55, I-90, I-94, I-294, I-57, I-74, and the expressways. Our law firm has helped people who had suffered from head and brain injuries, orthopedic injuries, spinal cord injuries, and burns to obtain compensation. Compensation may cover medical bills, replace lost wages, and acknowledge an accident victim’s pain and suffering.
We handle claims on behalf of individuals who have been injured in any type of auto collision, including car-and-truck accidents, truck-and-pedestrian accidents and other serious trucking accidents.
Our firm has vast experience investigating and litigating truck accident injury cases. Our experience enables us to effectively challenge large insurance companies, transportation authorities, trucking companies, and other negligent parties.
To get an investigation underway after a truck accident, contact our personal injury law firm in Chicago. Improper loading? Attorneys at Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen Ltd. can determine probable causes of a truck accident and use this knowledge to help pursue and obtain compensation for injured people. Contact our Illinois motor vehicle accident attorneys for aggressive representation. Call 312-372-3822 or toll free at 800-458-3822, or contact us online to arrange a free consultation.