Our years of experience helping thousands of victims of truck crashes all over the country have taught us that driver fatigue is most often the underlying cause. Dollar, Burns & Becker’s Jeff Burns says, “Between four and five thousand people are killed almost every year in truck crashes, and many of those are due to truck driver fatigue. When I handle a truck crash case, I assume fatigue played a role until I can rule it out.”
We know that federal regulations intended to limit time on the road are frequently violated by truck drivers who falsify their own driving logs. Both the trucking company and the driver have a duty to maintain accurate records and follow federal guidelines. We know how to discover logging violations and hold truck drivers and trucking companies accountable for violations resulting in catastrophic truck crashes.
Equipment violations are another leading cause of trucking accidents. Before a trip, trucks are supposed to undergo a pretrip inspection. Poor brakes, bad tires or other safety issues can and should be detected in these inspections. Our extensive research has determined these inspections either don’t happen at all, or problems are not fixed due to financial or time pressures.
Trucking companies also fail to do sufficient background checks on their drivers. Driving history and violations need to be thoroughly checked before allowing a trucker out on the road in a giant 18-wheel rig. Trucking companies are seriously negligent when they allow inexperienced and/or unqualified drivers on the road.
Drug and/or alcohol abuse is often uncovered in the mandatory drug and alcohol test for drivers that’s done at the scene of a truck crash. These sorts of abuses can often be uncovered with a thorough background check.
It’s important to contact us immediately if you or a loved one has been the victim of a truck crash. Investigating crime scenes and preserving evidence needs to be done as quickly as possible, ideally within 48 hours. We can often be on a plane the next day after we’re contacted. Initial consultations are free of charge and all of our work is done on a contingency basis.