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What Happens when Truck Drivers Violate Hours of Service Rules

Everyone knows that truck drivers are on the road for long hours and days, sometimes traveling cross country for a single delivery. It is easy for anyone to get tired while spending so much time on the highway. Once a truck driver gets fatigued, he may lose concentration or even fall asleep behind the wheel, sometimes causing a serious accident. If you have been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, a Fayette County truck accident attorney can help you recover for all of your injuries and losses.

 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recognized the dangers of fatigued driving and therefore enacted strict regulations dictating how many continuous hours and days a driver can operate a commercial truck. These rules are referred to as hours of service regulations. Drivers must keep time logs to show that they were in compliance with these regulations at all times and that they took the necessary rest time required by law.

 

If you believe a truck driver was fatigued when he caused your accident, an experienced attorney can examine log books to see if he violated any hours of service rules. Even if the log book complies with the law, an attorney can analyze delivery receipts and other documents to determine whether a log book is inaccurate or fraudulent to cover up violations.

Contact a Fayette County truck accident lawyer for a free consultation

If you have been in a truck accident because a driver was fatigued or violated any federal trucking regulations, you should always contact an experienced truck accident lawyer who can help you hold that driver liable for your injuries and losses. At the Law Offices of Shane Smith, we offer free consultations and case evaluations, so do not hesitate to call us today at (770) 487-8999 for help.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia