July 28, 2012
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has numerous laws and guidelines in place to ensure the safety of truck drivers and motor vehicle drivers on the roadways. Part of these guidelines includes a restriction on how many hours a truck driver may remain on the roadway per day.
For many trucking companies, this restriction can result in a loss of revenue due to the added time it takes for trucks to arrive at their intended destinations. Unfortunately, some companies will attempt to skirt these laws by falsifying documents and committing outright fraud.
Such was the case back in 2004, when employees and owners of a New Jersey trucking company were indicted for falsifying required driver rest periods and concealing a driver’s positive drug test. The investigation stemmed from a fatal crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.
While this 2004 story is just one example, these incidents can and do occur. When there are serious injuries or fatalities in a truck accident, all evidence must be collected and examined to determine any negligence on behalf of the truck drivers or trucking companies.
A common practice is to force truck drivers to work longer shifts by using “double-books,” essensially forcing them to drive longer hours than what is permitted by law. Many attorneys do not know how to reconstruct these laws to determine wrongdoing, but our firm does.
The Truck Accident Lawyer Group is an experienced personal injury law firm that handles truck accident cases involving fraud, deception, and falsification of records by trucking companies. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, call our office toll free for a free and confidential consultation to determine how we can be of assistance to you.