Trucking Company Records Review
Much of the information that exposes trucking companies to negligence claims is available from the trucking company's records. For instance, the company may be negligent in hiring or improperly training drivers or in retaining unqualified drivers. This information can be obtained by examining the truck driver's company file, which would reveal whether the company made a sufficient investigation into the driver's criminal background and driving record, performed mandatory drug and alcohol testing and ensured the driver had taken required driving skills tests.
In handling a truck accident claim, our lawyers will inspect a complete driving record for the driver from every state where the driver has held a commercial driver's license. We will obtain and inspect the accident report from law enforcement agencies and motor carrier inspection reports from public safety agencies. We investigate all of the records from the trucking company in order to determine whether they acted negligently and should be held accountable for our client's injuries. In handling your case, your truck accident lawyer at our firm will be sure to review every single relevant piece of information and evidence in order to build the most compelling case against the trucking company or other responsible party.
Driving Records, Accident Reports & Inspection Reports
The information that trucking company records may reveal can dramatically influence the outcome of your claim. For example, trucking companies and drivers have a duty to inspect, repair and maintain vehicles. A company or driver's failure to fulfill this obligation to keep the large commercial vehicle in proper working order and safe condition can be determined by analyzing the company's maintenance records and records of the driver's required safety and equipment checks performed before, during, and after each trip.
If a driver's drowsiness is an issue, crucial evidence could be obtained from a company's delivery schedules, which may have encouraged unsafe driving, as well as the trucker's logbook, which would show how many hours the driver had been on the road and the length and frequency of breaks. In recent years, information from a truck's "black box," or on-board computer, has become helpful in determining the cause of big rig and tractor-trailer accidents. It can provide information about the truck's speed, and brake use at the time of impact. However, because this data is recorded in loops and is frequently erased, it is important to move quickly to preserve this valuable evidence. That's why you should contact an experience truck accident attorney immediately to protect your right to recover compensation from the trucking company or trucker
who is responsible for your injury or the death of a loved one.