Chicago Truck Driver Log Violation Attorneys
Commercial truck and tractor-trailer drivers must follow a variety of local, state and federal regulations to stay certified. Among those requirements is maintaining a log of their time operating their vehicle – commercial drivers are only allowed to operate their trucks for a limited amount of time daily. Following these regulations keeps drivers from getting fatigued, and prevents unnecessary and catastrophic accidents.
But if a driver fails to properly maintain his or her logs, or outright violates those regulations, the general public is put at risk. Study upon study proves that fatigue and general sleepiness can exponentially reduce a driver’s ability to safely operate a tractor-trailer. When a driver is fatigued, they tend to overcompensate – over-correct, excessively brake, and overreact. And when that happens, they can swerve on the highway, jackknife, roll over, lose cargo, hit multiple vehicles and, possibly, fatally injure one or more people.
Pressure to Perform
Commercial drivers who are fatigued typically aren’t doing this out of malice – they’re doing what they’re told. Companies can put pressure on drivers to spend more time on the road, make deliveries more quickly and get more work done in less time. Sometimes, the trucking company can also doctor drivers’ logbooks, or influence a driver to keep inaccurate logs to cover up extra hours.
This pressure to do more work in less time is more than an aggravation for a driver, it’s putting thousands of people in Chicago and Illinois at risk. When a driver is asked to drive more than they’re allowed, they’re not just violating the law – they’re jeopardizing people’s safety.
If You’re Affected
Trucking accidents are extremely serious incidents. If you, or someone you love, have been in an accident with a tractor-trailer, it’s imperative that you get an attorney who can go through the necessary legal steps to hold the right parties accountable.
The Lamber Goodnow legal team has handled tractor-trailer cases for decades. Our team knows how to analyze logbooks, assess certifications, investigate driver and trucking company histories, and determine if negligence was at issue in your accident.
Too often, trucking companies that are liable can pressure victims and their families to settle quickly – these companies have the manpower to fight claims, hide or fail to provide information, and overwhelm families. That’s why you need a trucking accident specialist fighting for you – we’ve gone up against the trucking companies, and we’ve been successful.
Helping Your Family
Accidents like these aren’t just about the collision. The aftermath is extensive. Beyond your immediate medical bills and the loss of your vehicle, there are other factors to consider such as rehabilitation, lost wages, emotional damages, and the effect on your family. Too often we think about just medical bills but fail to realize that families are shattered by these accidents. Losing a parent, and a paycheck, can have drastic ramifications.
With our downtown Chicago office and with our partner firms, we work with families who’ve suffered as the result of tractor-trailer accidents. Our team knows how trucking companies operate, and we’ll investigate to find out whether any driver log violations contributed to your accident.
Our team will collaborate with experts in accident reconstruction, the trucking injury, catastrophic injuries and physical rehabilitation to understand all aspects of your accident. We’ll recover evidence, research records and interviews from the scene, and will work to establish liability. We’ll do all of this quickly – some of this information has a tendency to get lost in the days after an accident.
Our team will pore over the driver’s log book to look for patterns as well as inconsistencies. We’ll find out what the cargo was, where it was going, and what the plan was for that load. We’ll also look at certifications and permits to verify whether any local, state or federal regulations were violated.
The No-Fee Promise
And we’ll do all of this without charging you any fees. Our No-Fee Promise means that we work on our clients’ behalf without sending them bills and charging them money.
If we take on your case, you won’t pay us any fees or costs. We’ll handle the costs of the investigation and your case. We only get paid if we recover money for you.
If you or a family member have been involved in a tractor-trailer accident, it’s important to get in touch with an attorney immediately. You can call us at (312) 757-7777, 24/7 to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our attorneys.
During this conversation, we’ll assess your case and go over your options. And all of this is free to you, and your family. Call us today, so you can focus on recovery and not fighting the trucking company.