Were You Injured By A Fatigued Truck Driver?
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Driving a commercial truck requires a great deal of skill and expertise. That's why truck drivers are required by law to stay awake and alert while they are behind the wheel. But despite such laws, fatigued truck drivers are an epidemic on our roads, putting motorists in serious danger. When truckers fall asleep at the wheel, serious truck accidents can follow.
The Seattle truck accident lawyers at NLE Law hold trucking companies accountable when their drivers cause serious collisions. If you were injured in an accident caused by a fatigued trucker, we can help.
Negligence leads to devastating asleep-at-the-wheel accidents
Truck drivers are often tired because they work such long hours. Lawmakers and regulatory agencies understand the dangers of truckers falling asleep at the wheel. That's why federal hours of service (HOS) laws limit the number of hours they can drive and require them to take mandatory rest breaks. Unfortunately, some truckers ignore these laws with devastating consequences.
Some of the ways we can prove negligence on the part of the truck driver or trucking company after a fatigued driving accident include:
- Hours of Service Log: Truckers are required to prove they are in compliance with federal regulations by keeping a log of their service hours. We will secure this log and review it to make sure those mandatory breaks were taken.
- GPS Data: Many commercial trucks have a "black box" that can tell us the truck's speed and direction of travel. This information may point to inaccuracies in the HOS log. For instance, the GPS data may show that the truck was moving when the driver was ostensibly taking a break.
- Accident Scene: Drivers who fall asleep at the wheel normally don't hit the brakes before impact. That means there are no skid marks. Our investigation of the accident scene may provide key evidence in that regard.
- Witness Testimony: Someone who saw the crash itself may be able to testify that the trucker appeared to be driving erratically, such as crossing the center line. Or someone who saw the trucker prior to the crash may testify that he or she appeared tired.
- Trucker's Statements: It's typical for a driver who fell asleep at the wheel to have little or no memory of the crash. If we find contradictions or inaccuracies in the trucker's statements about the accident, that may help prove our case.
The key is to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible after your accident so we can start investigating your crash immediately. The longer you wait, the harder it can be to build a strong legal case. Evidence can disappear. Witnesses' memories can fade.
Don't jeopardize the outcome of your case. Contact a premier Seattle truck accident lawyer right away. Get NLE Law on your side. Call (206) 623-7520 to schedule your free consultation.