For years, Parents Against Tired Truckers (PATT) has been lobbying state and federal governments to improve truck drivers’ working conditions and to hold companies accountable when they pressure their drivers to break hours of service laws. PATT has worked hard to further legislation that gives families and survivors more rights when seeking damages for their loved one’s personal injuries and wrongful death.
If you’ve lost a loved one due to a truck accident, or if you or a loved one was a victim of a truck accident personal injury, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses. A qualified Austin, Texas truck accident lawyer may be able to assist you. The Robson Law Firm works closely with victims to help them get the recovery they may deserve under the law.
According to the Huffington Post, many shipping companies place their bottom lines above public safety and fight diligently to stifle legislation that places hours of service limits and other restrictions on shipping companies. The reality is that testing for driver fatigue can be challenging for law enforcement after an accident takes place. One of the best ways for the government to prevent fatigued truck drivers from taking to the road is by using electronic logging systems to track hours of service. Paper tracking is more easily falsified. Electronic logs are much more difficult to falsify.
Truck drivers also note facing many challenges when they try to get the rest they need. For instance, inadequate rest areas in some states make it difficult for drivers to pull over when they are tired. Police sometimes cite drivers who pull off to the side of the road. Another problem some truck drivers note is that their companies don’t always pay them for time they spend loading and unloading their trucks. This can lead to a distortion in the actual hours worked or hours a driver spent awake.
The government is proposing laws that would weaken hours of service restrictions. If you’ve been affected by a truck accident, it is important to understand your rights. According to the Truck Safety Coalition, if you or a loved one was hurt or killed in a truck accident, seek the assistance of a qualified truck accident lawyer or an attorney qualified to help you with your case. Truck insurance companies may try to get you to make a statement on the phone or get you to sign documents that could potentially affect your rights. According to the Truck Safety Coalition, you are entirely within your rights to ask insurance adjusters or others working for the truck company to communicate with you by mail, in writing. This gives you time to review information in peace and also the ability to share this information with your truck accident lawyer.
The Robson Law Firm in Austin can assist you if you or a loved one has been affected by a truck accident. Our Austin, Texas truck accident lawyers can review the details and facts of your case and protect your rights. Truck companies often have teams of lawyers working on their side. You need a qualified attorney on yours.