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Miami Truck Accident Lawyers Discuss the Importance of Driver Logs and Other Evidence in Trucking Accidents

If you have been injured in a truck accident, your case will require skilled handling and experienced investigations.  When trucks collide with cars in Florida, serious injuries and death are the common outcome due to the immense size and weight of the tractor trailers involved.  The victims of these accidents will require considerable compensation to cover the many damages they sustain in the accident, often including considerable medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Truck accident investigations are more complex than car accident investigations and will require the search for evidence that many laypeople do not know even exists.  Some critical evidence includes:

Driver’s Logs

            Federal regulations require that trucking companies maintain records on each driver, known as the driver’s log.  This log will include information as to the driver’s duty status, route, and the number of hours he or she has been on duty.

Federal laws limit the number of maximum hours that a truck driver can spend on duty.  They also mandate certain break times.  All of this information will be in the driver’s logs.  Your attorney will be able to review the logs to uncover whether the driver complied with the federal and state hours of service requirements.

Sometimes, a truck driver will exceed the hours of service requirements and falsify their log books.  A resourceful attorney can uncover whether falsification took place by checking lading records, time stamps on gas receipts, traffic cameras, and other evidence.  If the driver exceeded the hours of service requirements, this could prove critical to your case in establishing the truck driver’s negligence, as well as potential liability on the trucking company that allowed the driver to exceed federal regulations.

The Driver Qualification File

            Many truck accident victims will have a claim against not just the at-fault driver, but the trucking company as well. All trucking companies are required to maintain a Driver Qualification File per Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.  This file contains information critical to your case, including:

  • Driving records that will include any other accidents the driver has been involved in
  • Employment applications
  • Road test results
  • Valid commercial and other licenses
  • The driver’s employment history
  • Alcohol and blood test results
  • Vehicle maintenance records

Your attorney will seek this file and examine the information found within it in order to uncover evidence of liability.

Black Box Evidence

            Commercial trucks are outfitted with what is called a black box.  The black box contains vital data that can provide insight into the cause of the accident, including:

  • Speed at which the truck was traveling at the time of the accident
  • Sudden braking
  • Changes in the engine’s RPMs
  • Gear shifts
  • Location

Your attorney will ensure this evidence is preserved and carefully extracted as it could prove crucial to your case.

Greenberg Stone and Urbano:  Gathering the Evidence Vital to Your Case’s Success  

            With over 130 collective years of experience representing truck accident victims, the Miami Truck Accident Attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano understands what it takes to mount a successful truck accident case.  Our firm will aggressively seek to uncover all evidence of negligence and liability on the part of the at-fault driver and trucking company.  Our attorneys will then zealously fight to see that you obtain compensation for all of your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our unmatched legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald.   Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

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