Trucking vehicle accident cases are unique and are not the same as an auto accident case. There are aspects of fact gathering that are much, much different. Federal law and regulations require trucking companies to maintain data on vehicles and drivers that can be accessed by victims of trucking accidents. Those injured through the carelessness and negligence of truckers and their employers have a right to this information and are entitled to be protected from the carelessness of trucking companies.
The law regarding the gathering of this information is changing in 2017 and goes into effect in December, 2017. One of the most important changes is known as the electronic logging devices or ELD mandate. There are clear limitations as to hours of service (HOS) enforced through Federal regulations and laws. The ELD mandate will require trucking companies and their truckers to switch over to electronic logbooks as opposed to the previous hand written versions. In other words, truckers (who are required to maintain these logs) will have much more difficulty falsifying the logs. Many trucking accidents are caused by driver fatigue.
The ability to access this information in a lawsuit will be critical to protect victims’ rights. It will require a “download” to convert this information into a discernible form. The Patberg Law Firm has 25 years of experience in protecting trucking accident victims rights. The Patberg Law Firm has the expertise and knows the experts to hire in such circumstance. If you, a family member or friend have been the victim of a trucking accident and have questions as to how to proceed, contact Attorney Rolf Patberg at the Patberg Law Firm at 412-232-3500 or email Attorney Patberg at rpatberg@PatbergLawFirm.com.