Many things about investigating truck accidents are the same as they are in regular car accidents. We get your account of what happened, eyewitness statements, the police report, any available video footage, and details about the road and weather conditions.
After that, things are a bit different. Unlike regular drivers, truck drivers are on the job and held to stricter driving standards because of the dangerous nature of their vehicle. Part of investigating a semi-truck crash is investigating an employee and the company they work for.
Not all of this documentation is easy to get, but included in what we’ll try to see are:
- Driver activity and break logs
- Dash cam footage
- Employer records
- Recording software in the truck itself
- Cell phone records
Because some trucking companies—certainly not all, but many—try to hide evidence and past negligence, we come from various angles to ensure we have all we need to get the truth.
For example, a commercial trucking company might claim to provide top-notch training and hire only drivers with spotless driving records. However, upon further investigation, we may discover that the training programs are out of date and the driver in question has a history of speeding. To secure these details, a truck accident lawyer may need to dig deeply through interviews and research.
Trucking companies often maintain large insurance policies and work with robust legal teams to defend themselves. Personal injury lawyers counter that by working with medical experts, accident reconstructionists, and trucking experts to uncover the truth.
We Work Quickly to Protect Your Rights
Many of the critical records need to prove fault in commercial truck accidents, such as electronic logging devices, can be legally destroyed by trucking company after a set period of time. Far too often, we see companies attempt to hide and eliminate incriminating evidence at their earliest opportunity, rather than doing what’s right.
And that’s not the only evidence that can disappear with time. The longer you wait, it may become difficult or impossible to collect evidence at the scene, get third-party dashcam or security camera footage, or follow-up with eyewitnesses while their memories are fresh.
As soon as possible after your hire our firm, we’ll identify any potential sources of evidence and work quickly to protect and access them.
When Are Investigations Over?
Investigations continue until we have what we need to show you deserve full and fair financial compensation. While certain forms of evidence are time sensitive and won’t be accessible forever, our legal team will keep uncovering relevant information when we think there’s more to know.
Sometimes, investigations and negotiations aren’t enough. After difficulties with insurance companies and commercial truckers, we may be forced to file a lawsuit or even take the case to trial. We do all we can to settle before that point, but are always ready to represent you aggressively if need be.
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