Isaacs & Isaacs Attorneys for Trucking Accidents
We feel that if we hold truckers accountable to the rules we are helping to keep our nation’s roads safer for everybody. Isaacs & Isaacs truck accident law firm has a 99 percent success rate in recovering maximum damages for our clients in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.
At Isaacs & Isaacs, we have fought for victims of commercial trucking accidents for decades. We understand that most of these disasters could have been avoided if the drivers and trucking companies would abide by federal safe driving rules. When a CDL trucker or trucking company breaks the rules and it results in an accident, they are guilty of negligence.
Federal Hours of Service Rules for CDL Drivers
Driver fatigue causes 18 percent of trucking accidents or almost one in five. In most cases, the occupants of the other vehicle(s) involved suffer serious injuries or are killed. Property damage caused by trucking accidents costs us billions of dollars each year. In order to reduce trucking accidents and the damage they inflict, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has enacted strict regulations regarding how many hours truckers are allowed to drive without resting.
Truck driver hours may not exceed 11 hours of driving after 10 hours of rest. Drivers are supposed to take a 30-minute break after eight hours of continuous driving, and drivers who regularly drive the maximum hours allowed must take 34 hours off (a day and a half) after driving 60/70 hours in seven to eight days.
Going by a 40-hour work week, the federal rules are lax. Truckers are allowed to work hard, but the FMCSA has set minimum standards to keep everybody safe. CDL drivers are required to keep logs of how many hours they drive and what hours they rest, and these logs are checked during roadside inspections. Yet, drivers regularly find ways around the hours of service rules and sometimes don’t fill out their logs.
You Need Help to Prove Negligence Caused Your Accident
In order to prove that a fatigued CDL driver working beyond the hour limit set by federal law caused your accident, you will need to investigate the trucker, the trucking company and the accident scene. Your best chance of proving negligence caused your accident is to hire an attorney with experience in these matters to investigate the facts and determine what happened and who is responsible.
If you rely on their insurance company to offer you a fair settlement amount, you will be disappointed. Insurance companies stay in business by paying out the least amount possible to settle claims. If they can, they will blame the accident on another driver in order to avoid paying millions of dollars to victims.
Isaacs & Isaacs truck accident lawyers have been helping victims of CDL driver fatigue for years. We know how to find and evaluate the facts in order to demand a just compensation for your pain and suffering. We have recovered over $890 million in damages for our clients in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. Call us now at 800-800-888, or fill out our online form to get your free consultation with an experienced truck accident attorney.