When Truck Driver Fatigue Contributes To Crashes
To prevent accidents caused by driver fatigue, truckers are required to comply with hours-of-service laws that limit the amount of time they are allowed to drive without resting. To show that they complied with these laws, drivers are required to keep paper or electronic logbooks. Obtaining these logbooks and determining their veracity are important issues following any serious truck accident.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, the attorneys of Shollenberger Januzzi & Wolfe, LLP offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and answer your questions. With offices in Harrisburg and Enola, we represent victims of tractor-trailer accidents throughout central Pennsylvania.
Is The Logbook Honest?
There are ways our attorneys can determine whether the driver actually complied with the law:
- Gas receipts: By obtaining gas receipts, we can determine how much fuel a truck used over a given period of time. If the amount of fuel used doesn’t add up with the amount of time the trucker claimed to be on the road, the logbook entries may be false.
- Toll receipts: Toll receipts show where a truck driver was at a given time, giving us evidence how many miles he or she had traveled.
- Truck GPS records: Many trucks are equipped with GPS systems that show when the vehicle is moving and how fast.
If we can show that the truck driver was on the road at a time when he or she claimed to be resting, your case will become a lot stronger. For this reason, it’s important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident so that evidence such as logbooks, gas receipts, toll receipts and GPS records can be collected and preserved.