Hours Of Service Violations A Common Cause Of Truck Accidents

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The I-40 corridor experiences a high volume of traffic from large trucks carrying cargo through the state of Arkansas. While these trucks are a vital part of our economy, they also make the roads a little less safe for other drivers traveling through Little Rock on I-40. Truck accidents are a common problem in our area, often resulting in catastrophic injuries to the drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles involved in these collisions.

One of the most common causes of these truck accidents is a violation of the hours of service regulations imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These regulations have been enacted in order to ensure truck drivers don’t stay on the road when they’re fatigued and unable to operate their vehicle in a safe manner.

Unfortunately, many trucking companies put pressure on their drivers to exceed federally mandated hours of service regulations in order to meet unrealistic deadlines. This behavior places all drivers at risk, and it’s important to hold all negligent trucking companies and truck drivers accountable if you’ve been injured in a resulting truck accident.

At the Duncan Firm, our attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of your accident. We’ll review the truck driver’s log book in order to identify any signs that an hours of service violation occurred. In addition, we’ll compare the entries in the driver’s log with the following documents to see if any discrepancies exist:

  • Fuel receipts
  • Toll tickets
  • Times on bills of lading and other load identification documents
  • Point-to-point mileage distance
  • Scale tickets

If our lawyers detect a violation of hours of service regulations, it can significantly improve our ability to prove that the driver or trucking company was at fault for your injuries.

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, our lawyers can help. Please contact the Duncan Firm using the form on this page or call 877-638-6226 today to schedule your free consultation. We serve clients in the Little Rock, Arkansas area.

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