The demands of the trucking industry pressures truck drivers to stay on the road even if they are fatigued or sleep deprived. Despite the regulation of this problem through service hour restrictions by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, this condition continues to cause truck crashes at an alarming rate.
The current regulations in Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) Part 295 (link) limit commercial drivers to 11 hours behind the wheel driving in a single work period. To maintain the safety of other motorists, truck drivers are required to maintain logs and other documentation to track their compliance with the regulations.
The confirmation of log book compliance is an important step in the investigation of trucking accident.
If you believe that driver fatigue was the cause of a trucking crash that has affected your family, please contact Trucking Attorney Mike Sudekum for a free review of your legal options.