Commercial trucks are a staple for our economy, carrying essential goods across the country. Unfortunately, these trucks are not without their risks. Typically, these vehicles can weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds and often lead to devastating and catastrophic injuries if they are involved in an accident. As a result, both the state and federal governments have created hours of service (HOS) regulations to prevent some of these horrific crashes by ensuring that truck drivers drive safely on the road by staying awake and alert.
Yet, even though these regulations are in place. It does not mean that all truck drivers or trucking companies follow them, and sadly when these rules are ignored, dangerous and deadly accidents result. However, as a victim of this traumatizing accident, you should not have to deal with the life-changing repercussions on your own. You and your family deserve compensation and justice for the harm you endured. But before you can recover this money, you must prove that the truck driver was responsible for this accident because of their wrongful actions, such as violating the hours of service regulations.
That is why we have created the following blog post. In it, we will walk you through everything you need to know about these regulations and show you how an experienced personal injury attorney can help you prove that a trucker violated these rules.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the hours of service regulations refer to the maximum amount of time that a truck driver can be on duty. These rules specifically detail driving time and the number of rest periods that a driver must take so that they can remain awake and alert as they drive:
These regulations were created in hopes of allowing truck drivers time off where they can obtain sufficient rest, and as a result, reduce the amount of fatigue-related truck crashes. This is extremely important as these types of crashes often result in a slew of catastrophic injuries. In fact, it is not uncommon for motorists and passengers that are involved in a fatigue-related truck accident to suffer the following:
Proving that a truck driver violated hours of service regulations following a trucking accident can be extremely challenging. However, one of the most effective ways to prove that a crash resulted from truck driver fatigue is to show that a driver was on the road for longer than was allowed. As a result, some of the records and evidence that can be useful in proving these violations include:
If you have been injured in a trucking crash because of another person’s wrongful actions, you may be entitled to certain types of damages. In Louisiana, these damages often include both economic and non-economic damages, such as
Compiling all of these records and evidence can take quite a bit of time, especially since, many times, this evidence will be withheld by the truck drivers or the trucking companies. However, when you have an experienced personal injury attorney working on your side, they can perform a thorough investigation into your trucking accident and secure the valuable evidence needed to prove fault and damages.
Once retained, these lawyers can provide you with the following assistance:
Do not wait any longer if a trucking accident has impacted your life. Contact Charbonnet Law Firm, LLC today or call our office at (504) 294-5094 and let our legal team show you how we can fight for the justice and damages you deserve.
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