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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 a Truck Accident is Different From a Car Accident

How a Truck Accident is Different From a Car Accident

Truck accidents and car accidents both involve collisions that occur on the road, but the similarities may end there. It’s important that you understand how a truck accident is different from a car accident so you understand the need to hire a personal injury attorney if you are ever involved in a collision with a truck. Here are several of the key differences between these two types of tragic accidents:

Federal Regulations

The trucking industry is heavily regulated by the federal government. Regulations cover everything from how a truck is maintained to how many hours drivers spend on the road before taking a break. If an accident occurs because one of these regulations was violated, the trucking company can be held liable. These regulations are unique to the trucking industry and will not affect your case if you were involved in a collision with another car.

More Severe Injuries

Semi-trucks weigh around 80,000 pounds, which is significantly higher than the average weight of a car. These trucks can do a great deal of damage when they collide into a vehicle. As a result, truck accident victims often sustain far more serious injuries than car accident victims. Some of the most common injuries include fractured bones, spinal cord damage, and traumatic brain injuries.

Larger Insurance Policies

Car and truck accident victims typically recover compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. But, the amount of compensation that you can recover from an insurance company is limited based on how much coverage the insurance policy provides. For example, if the at-fault driver in a car accident has a $25,000 insurance policy, this is the most you will be able to recover from the company. But, the insurance policies are much larger on trucks, so you may be able to recover much more than you would with a car accident claim.

Liability Challenges

Usually one of the drivers involved in the car accident is found liable for the collision. But, liability is a bit more complicated in a truck accident. There are a number of parties that may be held liable for a truck accident, including the truck driver, trucking company, parts manufacturer, and the company that loaded the cargo. Identifying who is liable is challenging, which is one of the many reasons why you will need an attorney if you are involved in a truck accident.

If you have been injured in a truck accident or car accident, seek legal representation at once. The attorneys at Reisch Law Firm will fight tirelessly to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to for your injuries. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.