Truck accidents can be devastating due to the enormity of most semi-trucks. Because there is a great need for interstate commerce and transporting goods from one place to another, there is no shortage of trucks on the road at any given time. In fact, truck accidents make up approximately 12% of all vehicle collisions on the road. Truck accidents involve various types of trucks including box trucks, big rigs, dump trumps, cement trucks, commercial delivery trucks, garbage trucks, gravel trucks, tanker trucks, tractor trucks, and more.
An experienced attorney skilled in handling truck accidents should be contacted if you or anyone you know has been involved in a truck accident. There are many complex issues that usually occur in a truck accident case. There are often several defendants including the driver, the trucking company, and the manufacturer of the vehicle. Further, there will be sophisticated insurance carriers involved whose main goal is to compensate you as little as possible.
An attorney will conduct a thorough investigation on your behalf. They will investigate the site of the accident, consult GPS data, investigate whether safety guidelines and regulations were complied with, and consult engine computers to ascertain the behavior of the driver. Engineers and accident experts are often needed to determine the source of the accident and where liability lies.
Unfortunately, you cannot rely on police officers to conduct a thorough enough investigation. Police will investigate the scene to determine any criminal activity and liability, but they will not necessarily get all the relevant facts to prove the nuances necessary in court. They often fail to interview all the relevant witnesses, and they do not access all the necessary equipment.
Additionally, truck drivers are often encouraged to change their testimony and say they were driving for much less time than they really were. The law has restrictions on how long a truck driver can be on the road. Insurance companies and employers will encourage the driver to misreport his time on the road to cover up any wrongdoing on their part.