WHY CONTACT A TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER IMMEDIATELY?
After a commercial truck accident, the trucking company and their insurance company will immediately investigate at the scene. Their goal is to limit the recovery of those injured by a semi-truck. This may include recording statements from witnesses, photograph the accident scene, and vehicles in the crash. The police will also investigate and the Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart will work with trucking experts to protect the evidence.
This can include:
- Photographing the scene which includes skid-marks that will dissipate in time
- Interviewing witnesses
- Participating with experts to reconstruct the collision
- Recommend medical care if needed
- Analyze medical records
- Legal notice to trucking companies and their insurance companies to preserve all evidence which may be destroyed after a designated period of time
- Inspection of the semi-truck and data from the electronic control module or blackbox
- Background investigation of driver and if not represented we may obtain their statement
The above is crucial where clients have sustained serious injury when it is the fault of the semi-truck or big truck driver and in some cases the big trucking company, along with truck manufacturers, shippers, and owners.
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If you have been injured by an 18-wheeler or other commercial truck, having an experienced trucking accident attorney on your side is crucial to getting the compensation you deserve. Trucking companies want to pay out as little as possible to accident victims so they hire attorneys and experts to fight injury claims. Don’t let a trucking company deny you the benefits you deserve – let an experienced semi-truck accident lawyer help you get the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries.
Common things a semi wreck injury lawyer looks for include:
- Was the driver properly trained and licensed?
- Was the driver suffering from fatigue or rushing to make a deadline?
- Has the driver been involved in other accidents?
- Was the driver distracted by cell phone or texting?
- When did the driver last have a rest period?
- Was the driver using drugs or alcohol?
- When was the last safety inspection performed?
- Has the trucking company been cited for violations in the past?
- Was the truck and trailer functioning properly?
- Was the trailer loaded properly?
CAUSES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the top ten factors contributing to trucking accidents are as follows. With the exception of brake problems and roadway problems, most of the top ten causes relate to some type of driver error.
(Note: these percentages do not add up to 100 percent because this study allowed for more than one factor to be identified as contributing to an accident.) Brake problems:(29 percent of accidents)
- Traveling too fast for conditions: (23 percent)
- Unfamiliar with roadway: (22 percent)
- Roadway problems: (20 percent)
- Over-the-counter drug use:(17 percent)
- Inadequate surveillance: (14 percent)
- Fatigue: (13 percent)
- Driver felt under work pressure from carrier: (10 percent)
- Made illegal maneuver: (9 percent)
- Inattention: (9 percent)