Early Investigation of a Tractor-Trailer Accident
Several important benefits are derived by initiating an early investigation of a tractor-trailer and automobile collision. All are vital for a truck accident lawyer handling your personal injury case.
Access to the Record of Duty Log
One of the key pieces of evidence that can be accessed via an early accident investigation is access to what is known as the “record of duty.” A truck driver and a trucking company are only required to maintain a record of duty for up to six months, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Route and Other Information
The record of duty contains information that can be crucial to making a negligence claim against a tractor-trailer driver. For example, the duty record includes a driver’s route log. It includes a list of all stops made during the course of a trip.
With this information, a person injured in a commercial truck accident can determine if the big rig operator was speeding or cheating on the logbooks.
The log will also indicate how long a driver has been operating a tractor-trailer. A commercial truck driver can operate a tractor-trailer for 11 hours, with ten consecutive hours off duty between trips. The record of duty will demonstrate whether a big rig driver complies with this regulation.
Quick Investigation Helpful for Truck Accident Lawsuits
A prompt investigation of an accident can reveal evidence to support a tractor-trailer driver speeding or fatiguing while operating a big rig. Speeding and fatigue are two of the most common underlying causes of tractor-trailer accidents in Texas and the United States. An experienced 18-wheeler accident lawyer near Houston should be consulted promptly.
Important Computer Data (Black Box)
Many tractor-trailers are outfitted with what technically is known as electronic control modules, better known as a black box. It is crucial to obtain the data from the black box immediately after an accident.
The failure to do so can result in the black box data being unavailable.
In addition, if the truck is put back into service, the data on the black box can be overwritten. Losing the data on a black box can result in a person involved in a tractor-trailer accident lacking vital evidence in a claim.
Defense attorneys will push to put a truck back in service asap. This tactic works only with inexperienced personal injury lawyers.
Properly Documenting the Accident Scene
A quick response team’s early investigation of a tractor-trailer accident ensures that the collision scene is documented properly. Our law firm investigates accidents on interstate 10 and I-45 and the Katy Freeway, and other highways.
This includes video and photographing the scene. Properly documenting the accident scene also involves identifying witnesses and obtaining statements from them.
The evidence derived from early and proper documentation of an accident scene can make the difference between a successful or a failed claim for compensation following an accident with a commercial truck.
The Defense Will Have Their Team On-Site
Most major trucking companies and many of the insurance carriers for motor carriers maintain teams to respond quickly after an accident has been reported. Generally, the teams include an expert witness, an attorney, and representatives from the insurance company.
Our experience is that the defense team is on-site within 24 hours in the most serious of tractor-trailer accidents. In many wrongful death cases, the defense team secures important evidence hours after learning of the crash.
Select an Award-Winning Specialist Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorney
It is important to choose the right attorney for your case. Spending a little time researching the attorney’s track record in tractor-trailer crash cases and the makeup of their practice can greatly enhance your chances of a successful experience through the lawsuit.
Search for attorneys whose practice centers around truck accident litigation and avoid others who handle various business disputes and general litigation.
Call us for a no-obligation consultation at 1-866-758-4529.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – https://www.federalregister.gov/agencies/federal-motor-carrier-safety-administration