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How to Investigate A Truck Accident

How to Investigate A Truck Accident

Truck accident cases can be complex partly because of the number of parties that may be liable for the victim’s injuries. Identifying the liable parties is one of the first steps that a personal injury attorney will take in a truck accident case, but it’s not easy. In order to determine liability, the attorney will need to conduct an investigation to gather more information on the cause of the accident. Here’s how an attorney will investigate a truck accident:

Obtain the DQF.

Federal regulations require trucking companies to keep driver qualification files, or DQFs, for every one of their drivers. After an accident, an attorney can obtain a copy of the driver’s file to see if he had a history of reckless driving. An attorney will also ensure the driver was qualified to operate a truck. If the driver had a history of reckless driving or was not qualified, the trucking company may be liable.

Demand the black box recordings.

Every truck has an electronic on-board recorder that is referred to as the “black box.” This device records information that may be vital to your case, including the speed the vehicle was traveling, whether the brakes were used, and steering changes. An attorney can use this information to determine exactly what happened in the moments leading up to the accident.

Inspect the truck.

Attorneys will also inspect the truck that was involved in the accident with the help of accident reconstruction experts, professional inspectors, and mechanical engineers. The inspection will help piece together the events of the accident and reveal if the truck was maintained properly. If the truck was poorly maintained, the trucking company may be liable.

Consider the cargo.

Overloading or improperly loading cargo onto a truck is dangerous and can lead to accidents. That’s why an attorney will need to determine how much cargo the truck was carrying at the time of the accident and how it was loaded.

Contact witnesses.

Attorneys will reach out to people who were involved in the accident and those who witnessed it to hear what they believe happened. Bystanders can often provide valuable information on the conditions of the road, traffic signs or signals that the truck driver failed to obey, and the speed at which the vehicles were traveling. Witnesses may have also noticed that the truck driver seemed intoxicated or extremely drowsy after the accident, which is information that your attorney will need to know. Their statements play an important role because they are not involved in the accident and therefore do not have anything to gain by blaming the truck driver.

In some cases, an attorney will also reach out to the police officer who responded to the scene of the accident.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact Reisch Law Firm as soon as possible. Our attorneys will immediately begin to investigate to determine the cause of the accident and identify the liable parties. Schedule a free consultation by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

How to Prove Fault in a Car Accident

How to Prove Fault in a Car Accident

Immediately following a car accident, one of the first questions that you will have to answer is who was at fault for the crash. Identifying the at-fault party is imperative if you plan on recovering compensation for injuries or property damage, but how can you figure out who is to blame? Here’s how to prove fault in a car accident:

Obtain a police report.

You should never leave the scene of the accident without calling the authorities. A police officer will come to the scene, speak to the drivers involved in the accident, and compile evidence needed to create a police report. This report will include information on who is at fault for the crash, so it plays a very important role in your case. Be sure to contact the police department after the accident to find out how you can obtain a copy of this report.

Document the evidence.

Before leaving the scene of the accident, it’s important to document the evidence by taking pictures. Photograph everything that you can, including your visible injuries, property damage, and any traffic signs or lights nearby. If there is any debris in the road related to the accident, take pictures of this as well.

If there were witnesses, ask them for their contact information so you can have your attorney get in touch with them later regarding what they saw. All of this evidence will help you prove that the other driver was at fault. For example, if the photographs show that your car only has damage on the rear end and the other car has damage on the front end, it’s fairly clear that the other driver rear-ended you.

Seek legal representation from an attorney.

Speak to a personal injury attorney immediately after the accident to discuss your case. An experienced attorney will begin reviewing the evidence right away to determine who is at fault in the accident. The attorney may interview witnesses, visit the scene of the accident, or even work with an accident reconstruction expert. Proving liability can be difficult in some cases, but it’s not impossible with the help of a skilled personal injury attorney.

If you have been injured in a car accident, focus solely on your recovery and let us handle the rest. Our attorneys will carefully review the evidence of the case and consult with experts to prove the other driver was at fault. Schedule a consultation with Reisch Law Firm today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

How to Prepare For a Consultation With a Personal Injury Attorney

How to Prepare For a Consultation With a Personal Injury Attorney

Before you hire a personal injury attorney, it’s important to attend a consultation where you discuss your case and learn more about the law firm. But to make the most out of this consultation, you will have to spend a bit of time preparing for it. Here’s how:

Bring all of your documentation.

It’s recommended that you document evidence related to the accident and the injures you have sustained. This may include photographic evidence, witness statements, police reports, and your medical records. Bring all of this documentation with you to the consultation so the attorney thoroughly understands the details of your case. If possible, make copies of all of these documents so you can leave them with the attorney after the consultation is over.

Research the law firm.

Personal injury attorneys will use the consultation to learn more about your case, but you should use this time to learn more about the attorney. Before you arrive at the appointment, research the law firm so you know what questions you should ask. For example, let’s say you were involved in a slip and fall accident, but the attorney’s website mainly contains information for car accident victims. You will want to ask the attorney whether he has experience handling slip and fall cases, and if so, how successful he has been representing these clients in the past.

Create an outline.

Many people leave consultations with attorneys and realize they left out very important details regarding their cases. A personal injury attorney will need to know the ins and outs of your case before deciding whether he should take it on, so take the time to create a brief outline prior to the consultation. The outline should include important dates such as the accident date, dates of medical treatment, and date you were contacted by the at-fault party’s insurance company. Include as much detail as possible in this outline so the personal injury attorney has a very clear picture of the events that took place.

Bring a pen and paper.

If you are meeting with multiple attorneys before deciding which one to hire, bring a pen and paper with you to each meeting so you can take notes. This will help you remember the details of each consultation so you can review your notes later and decide which attorney you would like to hire.

Now that you know how to prepare for a consultation with a personal injury attorney, it’s time to schedule one. Contact Reisch Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation regarding your personal injury case. Get in touch with our law office by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

The Benefits of Working With a Personal Injury Attorney After a Car Accident

The Benefits of Working With a Personal Injury Attorney After a Car Accident

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, working with a personal injury attorney is your best chance at recovering the compensation you deserve. Although it is not legally required that you hire an attorney in order to recover compensation, it’s strongly recommended that you do so. Why? Here are some of the many benefits of working with a personal injury attorney after a car accident:

Attorneys Can Assess the Value of Your Claim

If you attempt to recover compensation without an attorney, how much will you ask for? It’s much more difficult to determine how much your claim is worth than it may seem. Why? Let’s say you have suffered a back injury in a car accident. The at-fault driver’s insurance company may compensate you for current and future medical expenses. But, to ensure you receive enough to cover all of your bills, you will need to calculate how much you think your expenses will be. If you don’t realize that you may need additional treatment in the future, you may underestimate the value of your claim and receive an unfair settlement that doesn’t cover your expenses. An attorney knows how to calculate both current and future damages so you won’t run into this problem.

Communicating With the Insurance Company

Personal injury attorneys are skilled negotiators, so they will have no trouble communicating directly with the insurance company to negotiate the terms of a fair settlement. If you attempt to communicate with the insurance company on your own, you may end up falling for one of their tricks that affects your settlement. For example, an insurance adjuster may take some of your statements out of context and use them against you to prove that you were partially or completely at fault for the accident. This won’t happen when you work with an experienced attorney who knows how to handle an insurance company.

Access to Resources

Some personal injury cases are more complicated than others. In complex cases, you may need to call upon expert witnesses to prove your version of events. For example, you may need to hire an expert to reconstruct the car accident and prove the other driver was at fault. But, it can be difficult for you to find and hire these expert witnesses if you don’t have an attorney representing you. As a result, you may be unable to provide evidence that the other party was negligent.

Trial

Most personal injury cases are settled outside of the courtroom. However, there is a chance that your case will go to trial. If so, you will need an attorney who can represent you well in court and present a strong case that proves you are entitled to compensation.

Are you ready to work with a personal injury attorney now that you understand how beneficial it is to do so? Contact Reisch Law Firm today to talk to our team of personal injury attorneys who have experience representing clients in cases involving traffic accidents, dog bites, medical malpractice, slip and falls, and more. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.