Truck drivers are routinely expected to cover vast distances in as short a time as possible. On average, it is estimated that most professional CDL drivers travel between 2,500 - 3,000 miles per week. Under Federal law, truckers can spend up to 60 hours working every week (or 70 hours every eight days if the motor carrier operated seven days a week). As you can imagine, spending such long hours behind the wheel inevitably has certain risks, one of the most serious of which is driver fatigue.

As an Atlanta trucking accident lawyer, I know that a truck driver who falls asleep while in control of an 18-wheeler truck can cause massive property damage and bodily injuries to occupants of other vehicles on the road. Sadly, such accidents happen all the time. Despite the fact that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has very strict rules governing the amount of time a trucker can drive or otherwise be on-duty at any one time, these regulations are routinely ignored or circumvented by some motor carriers and their employees. Indeed, within some sections of the industry there is a philosophy that it is a practical impossibility to run legally. This is a dangerous attitude which can result in serious accidents which cause catastrophic injuries to innocent people, many of whom will lose their lives as a result of the at-fault truck driver's negligence.

Using the Truck Driver's Log Book to Provide Violation of Federal Hours of Service Requirement

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require all licensed truck drivers to maintain an accurate record of their activities and whereabouts for each 24 hour period to ensure they did not violate restrictions concerning the amount of time they spend either driving or otherwise on-duty. However, be aware that motor carriers are only required to preserve these log books for six months. If you or someone you love is injured in a truck wreck, it is vital that you hire an experienced Atlanta trucking accident lawyer as soon as possible to make sure that this valuable evidence to support your claim is not destroyed.

Unfortunately, log book fraud is currently a very big problem within the trucking industry. Many times the truck driver's employer is complicit in this illegal activity as it is the employer who is the one pushing their drivers to the limit. In instances where drivers falsify their log books there are often two separate logs maintained: one containing fake information to make it appear as if they were operating within the law, and one with correct information to make sure their employer pays them what they have earned.

If you suspect the driver who caused your auto accident was guilty of breaking the law, it is essential that you hire an Atlanta trucking accident lawyer who is experienced in gathering evidence to prove that the truck driver kept a fraudulent log book. The most common way of accomplishing this is by subpoenaing the truck driver's cell phone records to prove that they were actually on-duty when they claimed that they weren't, or that they were actually in a different location than what was written in their log book.

Talk to an Atlanta Trucking Accident Attorney Today

Call the experienced trucking accident lawyers at Van Sant Law, LLC, today at (404) 991-5950 for a free, no obligation consultation on your Georgia truck wreck case.
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