Truck driver fatigue resulting from driving too long without a rest break is a major cause of tractor-trailer accidents. Tired drivers have slower reaction times than drivers who are properly rested. Drivers who fail to take required rest breaks are putting others at risk and are also breaking the law.
At Lamkin, Van Eman, Trimble & Doughertyin Columbus, Ohio, we represent the victims of truck driver negligence. If you or a loved one has been injured by a tired driver, we will spend the time and resources it takes to obtain the compensation you deserve.
The Department Of Transportation Imposes Strict Rules On Truck Drivers
The DOT regulates how many hours a trucker can drive, how long the driver needs to rest, and how drivers must document rest breaks in logbooks. When truck drivers violate those rules, both they and their employers may be liable.
There are many DOT rules that apply to how long a truck driver may stay on the road. For example, truckers may drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty. Truck drivers are also required to undergo physicals to determine if they have health conditions that could cause them to fall asleep while driving.
Following an accident, our lawyers will take necessary steps to preserve and review available evidence such as the driver logbook, food and fuel receipts, the driver's physical and the truck GPS (if equipped) to determine if the truck driver complied with the law.
Whether a loved one suffered a disabling injury, such as a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, or your loved one died in a fatal tractor-trailer accident, our law firm is here to hold the driver accountable and provide your family with the legal support and guidance you need.
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