Truck Accident Investigation
Uncovering the Causes of a Truck Accident
Trucking accidents can result in some of the most catastrophic injuries of any accident out there. The size and weight of trucks are enough in themselves to make for total disaster when an 18-wheeler or semi collides on the road. However, it is not a truck's size and weight that cause an accident. More often than not, these types of collisions are the result of negligence – negligence on behalf of the truck driver himself, negligence on behalf of the trucking company, and sometimes even negligence on behalf of truck product manufacturers. Therefore, immediately after any crash involving this type of large vehicle it is absolutely imperative that investigation of the accident is conducted by someone with a thorough understanding of truck operating procedures and trucking laws. When the specific causes of an accident are being assessed, more than just the authority of an on-the-scene police officer will be required. A personal injury lawyer who can professionally look into the accident should also be at the scene as soon after the incident as possible.
When a professional attorney is available at the time a truck accident occurs, crucial attention can be paid to the leading factors of the collision. A lawyer can investigate the scene and look for typical components of these types of accidents. Under primary investigation will be the information stored on electronic on-board recorders/ black boxes. If an electronic on-board recorder exists in conjunction with the crashed truck, then the logged driving hours of the responsible truck driver will be assessed. In many cases, fatigued truckers fail to take the necessary breaks that ensure they remain alert and cognizant on the road.
Neglect to stop and rest is a crucial misstep that too often leads to impaired driving and, hence, trucking collisions. These recorders are commonly referred to as black boxes. They have proven to be extremely helpful in the investigation of truck accidents because the devices retain information that was systematically recorded in relation to the accident – before, during, and after. However, without an investigative attorney working on your case, you will be hard pressed to obtain the information stored on these devices.
Interviews and Depositions by a Truck Accident Lawyer
It will take only a few hours before the trucking company associated with an accident has its own attorney at the scene. Therefore, is imperative that victims of these accidents also have an attorney at the scene equally as quick. At Gene Toscano you can rely on the services of our legal team. Immediately after an accident, we will be there to investigate and conduct interviews with on-the-scene individuals. The testimonies given by the truck driver, law enforcement officers, and witnesses could prove to be essential in your case. Therefore, we act quickly in retrieving this information and recording it for use during court trials. Furthermore, connecting with witnesses and officers at the time of the accident could prove to be beneficial for future court proceedings which may require that we call upon them for sworn depositions.
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