If you have been involved in an accident involving a commercial truck, you need the assistance of an experienced personal injury to make sure you recover the full extent of whatever damages you are entitled to. In addition to state laws, there are many Federal regulations that govern the trucking industry. These additional regulations can, in some instances, provide additional avenues to recover funds in a case. There can also be short deadlines to preserve this evidence. In addition, insurance companies may send their own investigators to begin gathering facts and minimize their liability.
There are important questions to answer in a trucking accident. Questions such as:
- Who bears the liability? there can be other entities, in addition to the driver, who may have liability for the accident, such as, the manufacturer of the track, the trucking company the driver was contracted with, or the company that loaded the container the driver was hauling. experienced attorney can help you explore these other avenues.
- What was the state of the driver? An investigator will carefully examine the driver’s actions and duties, credentials and training, and his or her physical and mental state. Drivers are required to undergo a drug test immediately following an accident. What were the results of that test?
- What will the driver’s logs show? Driver fatigue is a major cause of trucking accidents. Federal driving regulations require drivers to stop for various reasons such as taking breaks and meals, and even to ensure the load is has not shifted after the journey has begun. The driver’s logs will be reviewed to confirm that federal and state laws regarding driving times and rest periods were adhered to. Did the driver make the necessary stops after starting his trip?
- What was the state of the vehicle? The investigation will also include reviewing the records for maintenance, inspections, testing, and loading of the truck.
There are also some short deadlines that can make obtaining this information difficult. If you have been involved in a trucking accident, you need the assistance of experienced personal injury attorneys. To schedule a consultation with an OlsenDaines attorney, call us at 1-800-682-9568 to make an appointment.