Truck Accident Investigation
Being involved in an accident with a truck means that you are much more likely to suffer injuries and damage to your car. After the accident, you may find yourself saddled with extensive medical bills, dealing with a great deal of pain, and facing a long recovery period. Trying to deal with all these issues while deciding how to proceed against the truck driver or the trucking company may be too much for you to handle at this time.
The Eslinger Law Firm offers you the legal representation you require after such an accident. Our team of lawyers has years of experience and the experts needed to deconstruct your accident and the events that lead to it. We know that having enough evidence to back up your claim will make it harder for the court to dismiss it in favor of the driver or the trucking company.
Truck Accident Investigation Basics
If you are going to file a successful claim against the truck driver that caused your injuries or the trucking company, you must prove that the defendant was negligent and it was their negligence that resulted in your injuries.
That is why it is crucial for truck accident investigators to start working right after the accident to gather and preserve key evidence. Investigators will look to establish the cause, who might be at fault, whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident and more. The trucking company must also participate in and cooperate throughout the investigation.
A thorough accident investigation to help determine liability generally includes these steps:
- Gathering of evidence – This may include videos and pictures of the vehicles, the crash site, and any debris. Also, pictures of the damage to any nearby vehicles or structures.
- Examination of the truck driver’s and company’s records – The purpose of this examination is to find potential safety violations.
- Witness identification and interviews – Other drivers, pedestrians, first responders, and whoever might have been a witness to the accident are identified and interviewed.
- Listening to the truck’s black box
- Consulting with other experts such as doctors, reconstruction specialists, black box consultants, or forensic toxicologists to help in strengthening the case.
- Examination of the truck to discover if there is any equipment defect and to evaluate its mechanical condition.
- Investigation of the driver – This could determine whether the driver received any training and if there was negligent supervision, negligence in their hiring process, or the trucking company placed unreasonable or unsafe delivery requirements on their drivers. Determining if the driver was drowsy, fatigued, or tired while behind the wheel can also be important to your case.
Recoverable Damages in Truck Accidents
Both the immediate and long-term consequences of being in a truck accident can have you or your loved one dealing with an inordinate quantity of issues and expenses. That is why the team of accident lawyers at the Eslinger Law Firm will work tirelessly on your behalf when seeking damages, including:
- Medical bills and other health-related expenses
- Loss of wages now and in the future if you are unable to return to work
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The Eslinger Law Firm Will Help You Seek the Compensation You Deserve
Using every possible resource to build a strong case, our experienced truck accident lawyers will follow every step of the investigation process. We understand that every accident is different and we will focus on building a successful case to recover the most damages. Call us today to review your case. We work on a contingency basis and there is no out-of-pocket cost to you.