Federal law states that the motor carrier that owns the truck involved in your accident must be able to produce upon request the data recorded by the Electronic On-Board Recording device (EOBR). They are required to store this data in unaltered format with a backup on another physical device.
There have been many cases where motor carriers attempt to tamper with or destroy the data after one of their trucks has been involved in a serious accident. This is in violation of the federal commercial truck regulations and can serve as further evidence of negligence in your injury claim.
Obtaining the records from the EOBR can be a difficult process for a victim or their family, especially because it can potentially incriminate the driver, motor carrier or both. Therefore, it’s not unheard of for companies to deny requests for this information from accident victims when they are seeking to file an injury claim.
How Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help
Attorneys who deal with truck accidents in Georgia know the proper procedure and methods to obtain the EOBR data for use in filing an injury claim. There are specific rules for going about obtaining these records that an attorney can put into effect much faster than an accident victim or their family.
Once this data is obtained, your attorney can help you review the records and point out any violations of the driving time regulations that the driver may have committed. The record of duty is often the key to proving negligence in a truck accident, which is a huge benefit to your injury claim.
The main things to focus on when citing driver negligence of operation time rules are obtaining the records and knowing what to look for within the record of duty to show a violation of federal law. With these key components you can give your injury claim a much better chance at a fair settlement than a claim without good supporting evidence.
Contact Our Atlanta Office for Experienced Truck Accident Attorneys
After a serious or fatal truck accident you and your family may be dealing with the grief of serious injury, loss of a loved one, and financial burdens. During this difficult time it’s easy to get frustrated with your situation – you didn’t deserve to suffer due to the negligence of another!
At The Law Offices of Shane Smith we help accident victims seek justice after they’ve suffered injury and losses because of negligent drivers. We have helped victims in Atlanta and the surrounding areas with cases of accidents caused by drunk drivers, negligent truck drivers, and accidents resulting in serious or fatal injury.
Before making the decision to hire truck accident attorneys, request a copy of our FREE eBooks on DUI car accidents, property damage, and what to avoid in a Georgia car accident claim. Our guides contain valuable information on how to handle filing a claim for serious injuries or wrongful death. When you’re ready to get started on your injury claim, contact us to set up a FREE consultation – 770-487-8999.