Being involved in a trucking company accident can be a horrific experience. When a large truck collides with a car, it may seem like the truck driver is at fault. However, it is unlikely the truck company will admit fault and more likely they will claim the driver of the car was negligent. Yet, with the experience of a Truck Accident Attorney, a deeper look at the crash details and the gathering of evidence will provide critical evidence necessary to successfully pursue your claim against the truck company and truck driver. Due to the many factors and potential companies involved, it is critical to thoroughly investigate the liability in a truck accident claim to protect your rights.
Gathering the evidence to determine responsible parties adds proof of liability in a Trucking Accident. Passenger vehicles are at greater risk of truck collisions on heavily traveled roadways with trucks. Therefore, in the event of a truck accident, it is important to identify any evidence that will recover your damages successfully. Allowable evidence and its importance include:
The Police Report often is the first piece of evidence that may determine liability. The attending officer usually will ask for witness statements or any other obvious signs of violation such as speeding, ignoring traffic signs, or driving too fast for conditions.
Trucking records indicate everything that goes on in the vehicle, such as cargo weights, how far the driver has driven and when the driver last stopped. This evidence is essential in determining the liability of the driver and the vehicle.
Maintenance serves as necessary evidence for the safety of the truck operation. Indeed this impacts the liability of an accident.
Company policies and procedures can significantly highlight liability in a truck accident. Trucking companies are responsible for maintaining accurate and up-to-date insurance policies, state safety licensing, and maintenance and repair records. Not following strict federal regulations is evidence of a violation.
The Truck’s Black Box or ECM (Engine Control Module) controls data about speed and braking, providing valuable information about how and why a crash occurred. ECM is a critical piece of evidence in proving liability in a truck accident and steps must be taken immediately after an accident to get access to this information for use later at a trial, if necessary.
The amount of information and steps required in pursuing a settlement after a truck accident can be overwhelming to victims. Hiring a Truck Accident Attorney who specializes in proving liability and damages for your claim is the best step you can take. Call Attorney Teresa Williams today at (727) 796-2706 for a free consultation or contact us on our website here.