What is a Truck Accident Investigation?

 

Truck accident investigations Truck accidents frequently occur, resulting in much more damage than accidents between passenger vehicles. When an 18-wheeler collides with another vehicle, some devastating injuries will likely occur. A large semi-truck can weigh over 80,000 pounds, which makes it a destructive force in a crash.

When you suffer an injury from a truck accident, you must show that the driver or trucking company was negligent. The negligent party may owe you compensation for your injuries.

How a Truck Accident Attorney Investigates an Accident

Some of the basic investigations done by experienced truck accident lawyers in Houston are:

Police Report

A police report is the initial documentation of an accident. Texas law requires a crash report following an accident that involves injuries. Contacting the police to come to the accident scene is always best.

The police will secure the scene, call medical personnel, and review the circumstances of the crash. The police will gather information from the drivers and will include that in the report.

The police will take statements from drivers and witnesses regarding the accident. The police report establishes the exact time and place of the crash.

While the opinions of the police officers regarding fault are not binding on any party, the opinions do give a general overview of the case and what may have happened.

Interview Witnesses

Witness statements help determine the cause of a crash. The police will note witnesses and include their information in the report when possible.

Your Houston truck accident attorney will review the witness statements and may depose the witnesses to obtain further information. Besides witnesses, there could be video surveillance that captured the accident.

Finding Video Evidence

Video evidence can win lawsuits. Finding dash cam video or video from nearby businesses can make a contested lawsuit uncontested.

It is amazing how a video can prevent blame-shifting, a common tactic of defense attorneys in truck accident lawsuits.

Videos will help discover and prove how the accident occurred.

Accident Reconstruction Experts

Truck accidents can be violent, and the drivers and others involved may not know what caused the crash. An accident reconstruction professional team uses various scientific data and devices to recreate what occurred immediately before, during, and following the crash.

The team may review the accident location, vehicle damage, police reports, driver and witness statements, and more to piece together the movements of each vehicle. Accident reconstruction tries to determine the events and actions of each driver that led to the crash.

Modern crash reconstruction is done with computer models which aid in the reenactment and presentation to the jury.

Truck Driver Reports

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires drivers to log their time electronically. The law limits the time truck drivers can drive without taking breaks and having rest periods.

A review of the logs and comparison with other evidence like black box data and cell phone records can lead to powerful evidence of rule violations.

Black Box of Computer Data

Trucks use electronic logging systems (ELDs) to collect and store driver data. It is essential to obtain this information quickly following an accident. An experienced attorney may need to legally request the data. The data can prove many things, such as:

  • Hours the truck was operated
  • Speed
  • Braking
  • Evasive actions and much more.

Our truck accident attorneys have been extremely successful in finding violations of safety regulations through a thorough investigation.

Mechanical Reports and Truck Inspections

Mechanical failures and problems can cause or contribute to accidents. It is helpful to obtain reports from the trucking company that show maintenance and repairs performed on the vehicle.

The truck must also undergo regular inspections to ensure it is safe on the road. It may be necessary to get a court request to obtain such records.

An inspection of the 18-wheeler is often necessary after a serious accident. The inspection will include downloading the black box data and discovering if the truck had issues that were a cause of the crash.

An experienced semi-truck accident attorney will seek the information needed in your case.

Call a Credible Truck Accident Attorney

Critical information is needed to investigate a serious truck accident. Call an attorney specializing in truck accident cases to review your case and pursue the information necessary to prove your claim. Early investigation of truck accidents is vital to winning many of our cases.

Our truck accident attorney Greg Baumgartner has over 35 years of experience in truck accident litigation and has never lost a truck accident case!

Call us for a free consultation about your accident.

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