Council Bluffs Truck Accident Lawyer
We Handle Injury Cases in Iowa & Nebraska
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a truck accident, there are important and immediate steps you can take to protect your rights and maximize your recovery. At Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., we encourage clients to seek legal help from our firm as soon as possible after truck accidents.
Our truck accident attorney in Council Bluffs has represented injury victims throughout Iowa and Nebraska. It is important to start building your case not long after the accident. The faster the investigation begins, the more evidence can be gathered to justify your injury claim.
Trucking Companies & Deadlines
There are many state and federal laws regulating how long a truck driver can operate their vehicle in one sitting. Trucks can do a lot of damage to an average car and the people inside, and truck drivers who drive for too long are more prone to making mistakes. This is why it is imperative truck drivers adhere to the laws.
Federal trucking regulations state that:
- Truckers cannot work more than 70 hours in 7 consecutive days
- Truckers who drive 70 hours a week must rest for 34 consecutive hours
- Truckers can only drive 11 hours a day in a 14-hour work day
- Truckers must take 10 hours off duty after an 11-hour driving session
- Truckers transporting hazardous materials must be hazmat certified
- Truckers must pass a physical exam every 2 years
- Truckers cannot consume alcohol or mind-altering medications for up to 8 hours before driving
Unfortunately, many employers incentivize truck drivers to break these rules by offering bonuses for deliveries made before the deadline. Additionally, some truck drivers will not receive payment until the delivery is made, further encouraging them to break the rules. Trucking companies are often the ones who will be paying compensation when their drivers get into an accident. Investigating how they treat their employees could be beneficial to your case.
Federal Hours-of-Service Regulations Temporarily Suspended Due to COVID-19
On March 13, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an emergency declaration that temporarily lifts hours-of-service regulations for truck drivers transporting certain goods and personnel directly connected with coronavirus relief. Less than a week later, on March 18, the FMCSA expanded the suspension to include additional truck drivers transporting items not initially included in the original emergency declaration.
Currently (as of April 16, 2020) the temporary suspension of hours-of-service regulations affects drivers transporting:
- Medical equipment, testing kits, and other supplies needed for COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment
- Supplies related to the prevention of viral infection
- Food, paper goods, and other items needed for emergency re-stocking
- Certain raw materials, including alcohol, paper, plastic, etc.
- Personnel and items needed for quarantine and/or temporary housing
- Personnel needed to provide medical services and other necessary services related to the current health crisis
While the temporary suspension of federal hours-of-service regulations allows truck drivers to transport goods and personnel to hard-hit areas, it also places truck drivers at a heightened risk of being involved in accidents. At Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., we provide dedicated legal representation to those involved in devastating truck accidents, including truck drivers.
Helping Truckers Who Have Been Injured in Trucking Accidents
Our firm represents people who have been injured in truck accidents as well as truckers who have been injured in on-the-job truck accidents. Our firm's experience helping injured truckers with workers' compensation claims also includes third-party liability claims involving truck accidents.
In some situations, the selection of jurisdiction is an important component in maximizing compensation. For instance, if you have been injured in a state other than Iowa or Nebraska but are a resident of Iowa, we will determine which jurisdiction is most beneficial for you. Each state has a different calculation of benefits and different ways of handling medical issues. We do this as part of our client-oriented approach to ensure our clients receive fair compensation for their injuries.
Service to Injured Workers
As a member of the Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Attorneys, Laura Pattermann has devoted her practice to representing injured workers.
Dedicated to Being Available
Our team is committed to being available to our clients, including by answering phones and returning calls promptly.
We believe that each client is entitled to work directly with the legal team they hired and do not deserve to be treated like a case number.
Only Represent the Injured
Our attorneys are licensed to practice in Iowa and Nebraska and are committed to helping the injured receive compensation in both states.
Our team boasts more than 100 years of combined experience in the fields of workers' compensation and personal injury law.
Insurance Industry Insight
Our team is comprised of former insurance defense lawyers, who now leverage their unique insight on behalf of the injured.