Truck Accident Attorneys in Salt Lake City

Proving Truck Driver Error or Fatigue on the Road

Operating an 18-wheeler requires a special license and specific training, in part because a 40-ton tractor trailer will destroy any other vehicle in a collision. Large trucks are tightly regulated by the federal government and laws in each state because of those very dangers to the motoring public.

The Salt Lake City truck accident attorneys of Eisenberg, Gilchrist & Cutt Attorneys at Law are intimately familiar with these laws. In the aftermath of a truck accident, we always look at the driver’s actions and fitness for duty in solving the puzzle of who or what caused the crash. Too often, those suspicions of wrong-doing are proven right. Truck driver fatigue and truck driver errors are among the leading factors in these devastating wrecks.

Based in Salt Lake City, we handle personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits throughout Utah. If your loved one was seriously injured, permanent disabled, or killed in a trucking accident, call (801) 901-3470 or e-mail us to arrange a free consultation and the prompt, professional investigation demanded in these complex cases. Our goal is to always obtain maximum compensation for our clients to ensure the highest quality of life.

Falling Asleep at the Wheel

When truck drivers fall asleep at the wheel or become inattentive from drowsiness, the results can be catastrophic. To combat the industry-wide problem of fatigue-related accidents, the federal government limits tractor trailer drivers to 11 hours behind the wheel in a 14-hour shift and further requires drivers to rest for 10 hours between long hauls.

But over-the-road truckers are paid by the mile or make money by making more deliveries. They have a financial incentive — and often overt pressure or a wink from employers — to exceed the allowable hours of driving. Our attorneys are skilled at assembling evidence that hours of service regulations were ignored. We obtain driver logbooks submitted to regulators and compare them against the truck’s onboard black box recorder, truck stop receipts, and other data to prove the trucker exceeded hours and/or that the employer falsified the books.

Truck Driver Error or Distraction

Most truckers are conscientious drivers because they take public safety seriously and their livelihood depends upon a clean record. But truckers who are hurrying to meet deadlines, lack experience, or simply get distracted are a serious menace. With the help of accident reconstructionists, human factors engineers, and other experts, the Eisenberg, Gilchrist & Cutt Attorneys at Law team is skilled at tracing driver error as the root of truck crashes.

We have held truck companies accountable for the resulting mayhem when their drivers were:

  • Speeding
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Crossing lanes to make an exit
  • Turning or passing illegally
  • Talking or texting on cell phones
  • Intoxicated, or otherwise negligent

Contact Eisenberg, Gilchrist & Cutt Attorneys at Law promptly to discuss your rights and remedies for a preventable trucking accident. Schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable truck accident attorneys in Salt Lake City today.

Testimonials

  • Eisenberg, Gilchrist and Cutt was invaluable in helping us through a difficult time. Our son was involved in a horrible accident and we weren't sure if he would survive. We were dealing with doctors, medical bills, and overwhelming emotions on how we would help our son recover. They answered every question we had and explained the entire process. They went above and beyond for our son and truly ...

    - Kali

  • Jacquelynn handled our case extremely well, she knew what needed to be done to get over an unfair problem with the insurance company and get the case moving and to a reasonable settlement. She had the knowledge of what needed to be done.

    - Yolanda

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    - Former Client

  • We hired Eric for a personal injury case for my son. We were very pleased and satisfied with the level of commitment Eric showed to us and especially our son. He was aggressive to get answers and made us feel as ease with such a hard time in our lives. We felt confident in his ability from the moment we meet him and he did not disappoint. We feel he was very fair.

    - Brett

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    - Lauren

  • I was in an auto accident three years ago. The first auto accident I have ever been in, but the other driver was ticketed. This lead to slow and obvious pain that grew worse. Doctors, surgery, shots, emotional trauma from not being able to physically do things I used to. That being said I want it known that Eric Olsen was so right for the lawyer to handle this case for me. I originally hired a ...

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