Are You Aware of the Time Sensitive Evidence in Utah Semi Truck Accidents
Utah Semi-Truck Fatal Accident Statistics
A special task force of the US Department of Transportation, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), investigates and collects data on all trucking accidents nationwide. In their most recent trucking accident report, the FMCSA reported there were 133,719 large truck accidents nationwide, resulting in 71,329 injured persons and an additional 4,229 deaths. In 2008, there were 1,811 large truck accidents in Utah alone. 32 of those Utah semi truck accidents involved fatalities.
Semi Truckers Most Likely to be Guilty of Drowsy Driving
The American Trucking Association reported that 25% of their truck drivers suffer from sleep apnea and should not be driving due to intense fatigue syndrome. There is great difficulty in proving that the cause of a fatal Utah semi truck accident is due to drowsy driving unless several pieces of time sensitive information such as driving log, rest log, maintenance logs, are collected and preserved. These items are rarely obtainable without a legal injunction by a skilled Salt Lake City trucking Accident Injury attorney.
Time is NOT on Your Side in Utah Semi-Truck Accidents
Trucking accidents are not like typical Utah motor vehicle accidents. For one, insurance claims are complex as the truckers are most likely insured by national firms. Also, special rules and regulations apply to truckers and trucking companies. The damages caused by Utah tractor-trailer accidents can be devastating. Federal Law requirements are in place to protect victims; however, the large national trucking firms like Swift Trucking, destroy the federal mandated trucker tracking information under a policy called “document retention policy”. Legally, trucking companies have to keep the driver’s qualification file and other evidence for a short time period—often time the grace period is only 30 to 60 days—before they are allowed to purge files of old records. The elimination of evidence that would prove the semi truck driver was guilty of drowsy driving would be forever lost as well as the victim’s right to a fair and just settlement.
It is highly advised that if you are injured or someone you know has been injured or killed in a semi truck accident that you contact the skilled Salt Lake City Trucking Accident Injury attorneys at the Christensen Law Firm at (801) 506-0800.