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Drowsy driving is a huge problem in the trucking industry due to a number of factors including profit margins and pressure to transport goods quickly. Many truckers make a habit out of driving while fatigued, which reduces their alertness and slows down their reaction time. When this leads to a collision, the people in the smaller vehicle are likely to suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries.
The Hours of Service (HoS) Regulations were implemented to prevent drowsy driving in the trucking industry by placing limits on the number of consecutive hours a commercial driver can stay on the road. Unfortunately, some truck drivers routinely violate the Hours of Service Regulations. If you or someone you love was hurt in a truck wreck, your attorney should investigate whether an HoS violation occurred. This would constitute negligence, and any evidence of such a violation could strengthen your claim for damages.
There are many kinds of evidence your truck accident lawyer might use to prove an HoS violation. Much of this evidence may only be available for a few weeks after the crash, and it is possible that key evidence will be altered by the truck driver or the motor carrier. As such, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible so the investigation can begin right away.
Below are a few examples of evidence your lawyer might use to prove an Hours of Service violation:
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