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Did the trucker in your wreck falsify his or her logs?

Everyone knows that it occurs sometimes — long-haul truckers falsify log books to bring their driving time into compliance with federal regulations for Hours of Service.

When drivers sign each logbook entry, they are certifying that their entries accurately reflect the hours driven. Falsifying driving records can get truckers and trucking companies prosecuted.

The purpose of honoring these regulations is to prevent driver fatigue. A fatigued truck driver is a dangerous road hazard. But because some companies pay their drivers by the mile, truckers fudge their logs to earn more money.

But that is not the only reason. Companies can exert extreme pressure on drivers to meet delivery dates and quotas and can reduce the driving time of those who miss their deadlines.

GPS trackers installed on many trucks help keep the logbooks legit, as they offer concrete proof of a truck's location at any given time. Drivers have the obligation to refuse loads when hauling them would violate HOS restrictions.

If you are involved in an accident with a big rig truck, getting access to the trucker's logbook during the discovery phase of subsequent legal claims can be illuminating. An altered or inaccurate logbook can become another vital piece of evidence against the trucker responsible for the injuries and damages you suffered from the accident.

Many trucking companies and drivers will try to avoid producing logbooks if the entries are likely to prove liability in the accident. A Los Angeles personal injury attorney can pursue these logs by requesting the documents as part of a larger body of evidence obtained through the discovery process.

Source: Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips, "On Falsifying a Log Book Entry as a Professional Truck Driver," accessed March 04, 201

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