Truck drivers are frequently put under pressure by their employers and their own pocketbooks to deliver a high volume of loads in a short amount of time. As a result, they have to cut corners in order to meet the demands — they do not take required breaks, they drive when they are fatigued, and they may even ingest illegal stimulants to try to stay awake. When a tired trucker causes an accident, the results can be catastrophic or deadly.
Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in a truck accident caused by a fatigued driver? The Lake Charles truck driver fatigue lawyers at Hoffoss Devall, can help you or your loved one obtain fair compensation. Contact us now to schedule a free initial consultation.
It is critical for you to seek help from an attorney as soon as possible after your 18-wheeler accident. This is because vital evidence — evidence that can be crucial to the outcome of your claim — needs to be preserved. The trucking company will have its insurance company on the scene soon after the accident. It is not uncommon for evidence to become misplaced or somehow get destroyed.
Truck drivers are required by federal and Louisiana state trucking regulations to keep driver’s logbooks. The logbooks contain records of driving time, required rest breaks, fuel receipts and other pertinent information regarding when a trucker was driving. Falsified logbooks are highly problematic in the trucking industry. Our attorneys partner with experts across many fields, including trucking and accident reconstruction, to determine the actual hours of service. In many cases, it is found that a trucker was driving beyond the hours of service required by law.
In some situations, truck drivers depend on some type of drug to try to stay awake. A truck driver who is under the influence while driving may be grossly negligent. In some cases, we may be able to seek punitive damages in addition to personal injury compensation.
If you would like more information about how we can help you obtain compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses, call us at 337-433-2053 or contact our law firm online. We offer free initial consultations, and you will pay no lawyer fees unless we win compensation for you.