Driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of truck accidents in North Carolina and across the country. Federal trucking regulations may require drivers to take a mandatory 10-hour rest break in between their driving shifts, but that means very little considering their driving shifts may be as long as 14 hours straight. Even three to five hours behind the wheel can make the average persona a little drowsy, but 14 hours of driving nearly guarantees fatigue. If you've been hit by a tired driver, there is one way to prove that the driver had inadequate rest before stepping behind the wheel again: the electronic on-board recorder.
Explaining the Electronic On-Board Recorder
Many commercial truck drivers simply keep a hardcopy log book in which they record their hours behind the wheel and their resting periods. These are not entirely reliable; however, more and more commercial trucks are often with electronic on-board recorders that monitor the hours that a truck is being driven. This source is very reliable and can prove whether or not a truck driver got enough rest before stepping behind the wheel.
Hire a North Carolina Trucking Accident Attorney
Nagle & Associates, P.A. has what it takes to recover compensation for your trucking accident. The attorneys with the firm can obtain the information recorded in the driver's electronic on-board recorder so that you have solid evidence of driver fatigue and negligence. Attorney Carl Nagle has recovered millions for clients and is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®. He is also an Avvo-rated attorney, so you can be sure of excellent service and results. Contact the firm at your earliest convenience to learn how a lawyer can recover fair compensation. Your initial case evaluation is free!