A previous post on this blog talked about how state and, in particular, federal regulations require truck drivers to pull over and take an extended break after a certain number of hours on the road. The reason for these rules is that drivers who do not take adequate breaks can easily get exhausted while trying to make their next shipment quickly. Because they are so tired, they can wind up making critical mistakes that can leave other Californians dead or permanently disabled.
Our law office, which is located in Orange County, has successfully represented victims of a truck driver's bad decision to drive when too tired to do so. When investigating such accidents, we focus in particular on whether or not the truck driver was violating any rules he or she was required to follow. In cases of suspected truck driver fatigue, for instance, we will obtain the trucker's log to make sure the driver was taking breaks at the appropriate times, or, alternatively, prove he or she was not following the hours of service rules.
Although it is sad that many drivers alter their log books, sometimes with their employer's consent, such is the reality. Therefore, we also examine the log books we obtain carefully for any evidence that they had been altered or inaccurately drafted at the time of the accident, as such evidence can show that a driver in fact had been travelling without stopping for a rest much longer than he or she should have been.
After a truck accident, the driver, company and insurance carrier may well circle their wagons and deploy a team of legal professionals to defend their position. It is only fair that an injured victim also has skilled advocates assisting them.