Whether you were in a collision involving a semi-truck, or you are the driver of the semi-truck, you must take immediate action after a truck accident. The trucking company and its insurance provider may have investigators on the scene immediately, looking for evidence to use against the truck accident victim.
Here’s what you need to look for:
Black boxes → Modern trucks have event data recorders that look like black boxes. It records speed and any other important information at the time of a truck wreck. Truck companies may erase this critical information while repairing damage, so a lawyer must act quickly to recover important information.
Truck maintenance records → these records will show whether or not tires were replaced, brakes were repaired and other truck parts were properly maintained. Failure of truck maintenance at the driver’s or company’s expense is important for your case. The attorneys at the law offices of Jones Brown can help you recover this important information.
Driver logbooks → Truck drivers are required to record their hours. Some drivers may have two logbooks. One book may appear as though all laws were followed and the other may have the true number of hours, which could be less than their requirement. This is a violation of regulations, and a lawyer can investigate this side of the case to make sure all information is accurate.
There are many differences between truck accidents and regular automobile accidents. Trucking companies have significant ways of minimizing claims, and their rules differ from rules that apply to other drivers. You must have a lawyer on your side who knows these rules, and one who will walk you through this process every step of the way.
Truck accidents have a variety of different origins, including:
- Overloaded trucks
- Driver fatigue
- Careless lane changes
- Following too closely
- Tire blowout