How Electronic Logs Can Help Your Truck Accident Case 

Electronic Trucking Logs

Trucking companies frequently ask their employees to drive long distances and work long hours. Some companies even pressure their drivers to break federal regulations and drive unreasonably long shifts, threatening the drivers with punishment or even termination if they refuse. As a result, many truckers drive in a constant state of fatigue, and this widespread fatigue remains one of the leading causes of deadly truck crashes in the United States. 

Thankfully, emerging technologies can provide a clearer, more reliable picture of how long and how far a trucker was driving prior to a crash. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) requires all commercial truckers to maintain a written log of their hours and document rest periods for all trips, and companies must preserve these records for at least six months. In addition, as part of the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21) bill, the law now requires all commercial trucking vehicles to carry a functional electronic logging device (ELD). 

Read on to learn more about how an experienced attorney can use the data from an ELD to build a powerful truck accident claim. 

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These 4 Common Truck Defects Cause Deadly Wrecks

Truck Defects

While the truck driver’s actions should receive plenty of scrutiny in the wake of a devastating truck accident, there’s also a good chance the condition of the truck itself played a role in causing the wreck.

Compared to a typical passenger car, trucks are extremely complex and require constant maintenance. Meanwhile, profit-driven trucking companies often try to cut corners on inspections and repairs to pad their profit margins. Together, these factors mean vehicle defects contribute to truck crashes at incredibly high rates.

Read this article to learn some of the common truck defects that often cause deadly wrecks and how an attorney can help if you’ve been affected. 

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What’s the Average Settlement for an 18-Wheeler Accident?

If you’ve been injured in a truck wreck, you may have received an initial settlement offer from the insurance company. Or you might be wondering what the insurance company would offer if you if you hired a lawyer and pursued a trucking accident lawsuit. 

Either way, it’s natural to wonder about the “true” settlement value of your case and to look for an “average settlement” figure you can use to compare with the insurance company offer. In this article, we’ll explain 4 major factors that insurance companies use to calculate settlement offers, but we’ll also discuss why an average of past settlement figures doesn’t necessarily mean much for your case. 

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I Was Hurt by a Truck Tire Blowout — Can an Attorney Help Me?

If you’ve been seriously hurt because of a trucking accident that happened after a tire blowout, you’re not alone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) estimates that more than 78,000 crashes and 400 deaths occur each year because of flat tires or blowouts.

When tire blowouts happen on tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, and other large trucks, the results can be devastating. Read on to learn about how truck tire blowouts happen and how you may be able to get compensation if you’ve been hurt in a blowout-related crash. 

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I Was Rear-Ended by a Semi Truck — What Should I Do?

If you’ve been rear-ended by a semi truck, you’re most likely dealing with serious pain as you face expensive medical bills and a long recovery, not to mention the impacts on your career and your day-to-day life.

Unfortunately, these devastating crashes are all too common. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that 22 percent of all large truck crashes involve a truck colliding with the rear end of another vehicle, which amounts to about 96,360 rear-end crashes nationwide each year.

If you’ve been rear-ended by a semi truck in Oklahoma and you’ve suffered serious injuries, read on to learn about what you can do next and whether the truck driver is always at fault when a truck rear-ends a passenger vehicle. 

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