What Is A Truck Driver’s Travel Log?
If you were injured in a truck accident that was caused by the driver or another negligent party, you could be entitled to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs associated with the accident. In order to bring a successful claim, it is critical to consult with an experienced truck accident attorney.
An attorney will have the knowledge and resources to thoroughly investigate the accident and gather evidence to support your claim. One crucial piece of evidence that might help determine liability in the accident is the truck driver’s travel log.
Getting a copy of this logbook may prove difficult, but the attorneys at Adam S. Kutner Accident & Injury Attorneys have what it takes to help you obtain this vital piece of evidence. Contact us today at (702) 793-2752 to set up a free consultation.
What Is A Truck Driver’s Travel Log?
The trucking industry is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). As with most regulatory agencies, the FMCSA has specific rules that truckers are required to abide by. One of the things the FMCSA requires all truckers to do is keep a written log of their on-duty hours, driving hours, and more.
The FMCSA has also established hours of service limits that place a cap on the amount of time a driver can work. For example, drivers may not work more than 60 hours over a seven-day period or 70 hours over an eight-day period. During their time on the road, drivers are required to spend a certain amount of time on break as well, usually at least 30 minutes after driving for eight consecutive hours. These rules are intended to reduce the chance that a trucker will get fatigued while driving.
One of the ways drivers maintain a record of their hours of operation is by filling out a logbook. The logbook is used to record the time the truck was driven, how far it was driven, and how much rest the driver got during the time they were operating the truck. The log also contains information regarding the trucker’s off duty hours, as well as a record of the daily pre- and post-trip inspections the trucker is required to carry out.
Over the last few decades, more trucks have been fitted with “black boxes” as well, which digitally record information about a truck’s operation.
Why Is The Logbook Important?
The log is important because it can show whether or not the driver was abiding by FMCSA regulations. If the logbook reveals that a truck driver exceeded their hours of service regulations, then you might be able to argue that the driver was fatigued, which led to the accident.
It may also contain other data that helps prove liability in a truck accident. Obtaining a copy of the logbook is of paramount importance.
How Do I Get A Copy Of The Logbook?
The easiest way to get a truck driver’s logbook is to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after the accident. At [firm name], our attorneys have the resources to quickly gather and preserve this evidence before the trucking company has an opportunity to tamper with or destroy it. Trucking companies will sometimes do this after an accident to avoid liability. If the truck has a black box, our attorneys will also fight to get a copy of the black box data before it can be erased.
Adam S. Kutner Accident & Injury Attorneys has been representing truck accident victims for three decades. Over the last thirty years, our focus has been on helping accident victims seek justice and pursue the compensation they are entitled to.
Truck accidents can be incredibly complex to investigate, and gathering evidence, such as the truck’s logbook, may not be as simple as requesting it from the trucking company. That’s why it’s important to get an attorney involved. If the trucking company refuses or otherwise fails to provide a copy of the logbook to our team, we will not hesitate to take legal action to obtain it.
Our attorneys will work tirelessly to help you prove your case while you recover from your injuries. We have what it takes to thoroughly review the accident, collect evidence to support your case, document damages that you are owed, and aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf.
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If you were injured in a truck accident, let us help you seek the compensation you are entitled to. Call Adam S. Kutner Accident & Injury Attorneys at (702) 793-2752 today to set up an initial consultation with us.