A recent post on this blog talked about how many of the truck drivers and their trucking firms who travel through the Evansville, Indiana, area and surrounding vicinity are subject to federal rules requiring drivers to rest from time to time while on the road. These rules are there to prevent fatigued driving.
As many Evansville residents know, fatigued driving is a serious hazard on the roadways of Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. A fatigued truck driver, operating a large commercial vehicle, is likely to cause extensive damage in a crash if he or she falls asleep at the wheel or is just too tired to react in time to a stop sign or a sudden change in the road.
Although we work hard to hold these truck drivers accountable when their fatigue caused one of our clients to suffer serious injuries, we also recognize that in many cases, a trucker was only doing what his or her employer or customer expected him or her to do. It is an unfortunate fact that many transportation companies see federal rules about resting as an inconvenience and build culture in which a trucker is expected to work around those rules and stay on the road while too tired to do so.
When a client comes to our law office and may be the victim of a fatigued driver, our first step is to make sure we understand exactly what happened and why. A truck crash is often a complicated affair, but we have a lot of experience investigating these sorts of crashes and know what evidence to look for and where to look for it.
We will work hard to investigate the driver, and also try to look at the driver log, in order to see if he or she may have been too tired to drive, perhaps because of the policies of the trucker's employer.
Our office has over 60 years' combined experience representing those injured by negligent truck drivers and trucking companies. Although we cannot promise success in every case that comes through our door, we are known for the good results we have achieved for our clients and will work hard to help our clients get the compensation they need.