The investigative process for a truck accident is much more involved than that of an accident between two passenger vehicles—not only because trucks weigh 20-30 percent more than small vehicles, but also because many more people and businesses are often partially responsible for the accident. If you’ve been involved in an accident with a large truck, it’s important you know what to expect in the days and weeks following your case.
Documenting the Scene of the Accident
In addition to law enforcement, it’s common for a lawyer or an insurance adjuster to show up at the scene of the accident shortly after it occurs to document evidence, including:
- Taking photos and videos. The position of the vehicles, the damages, and contents of each vehicle will be documented.
- Speaking with witnesses. Anyone who saw the accident occur will be interviewed, including passersby, passengers, and any police officers or emergency medical technicians (EMTs).
- Inspecting the truck. The contents of the truck will be inspected, its basic functions, and the information on the event data recorder (EDR)—which is much like a black box on a plane.
Investigating the Driver and Trucking Company
Sometimes, the cause of a truck accident may be attributed to negligence on the part of the trucking company. During the investigation, an attorney can confirm compliance with regulations such as:
- The driver’s history, including his driving record and clean drug-testing
- Thorough hiring practices
- Proper record-keeping of truck inspections
- Adherence to hours of service regulations
Determining Third-Party Liability
In addition to the driver and the trucking company, other parties may have some responsibility for the accident. It’s possible that many different business entities, including the following, could have caused issues:
- Cargo loading companies. They might be liable due to improperly loaded cargo, which may throw off safe weight distribution.
- Truck mechanics. They might be liable due to incomplete or incorrect truck maintenance.
- Truck parts manufacturers. They might be liable due to defective or poorly made parts.
We Can Help
If you’ve been involved in a truck accident and feel confused about how to proceed, it’s important to contact a lawyer. The team at Duffy & Feemster has been achieving positive case results for decades, and we’d like to hear your story. Call us today at (888) 707-1197.