Truck Accident Investigations

Truck Accident Investigations

Truck accidents are often far more complex than typical car-on-car collisions for many reasons. Investigating a truck crash usually requires the help of experts, a thorough understanding of federal trucking laws, and more resources to comb through each piece of evidence in the crash involved in the collision. To help victims understand the extent of a truck accident investigation and what it may entail, we discuss examples of evidence that attorneys look at when reviewing a case.

Truck accident investigations may involve the following:

  • Driving logs and records: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established mandatory limits on the amount of hours a truck driver can be on the road without breaks. This rule is supposed to cut down on the number of drivers who drive while fatigued or drowsy, which can cause deadly accidents.

  • Truck maintenance logs: By law, trucking companies are required to conduct regular maintenance on their vehicles. These inspections should check for potential defects, repairs, or any issues that could deem the vehicle unsafe to drive. If a company did not keep adequate maintenance records, they can be held liable for accidents.

  • Black box & GPS technology: A black box records information about a vehicle, including the speed, braking, and location. Analyzing this type of data can help attorneys evaluate a driver’s behavior and if it contributed to the accident.

  • Weather reports: Information about the weather at that time can play an important role in determining whether a driver was driving too fast given the weather conditions. If a driver was speeding during the rain or when it was foggy, this can point to evidence of negligence.

  • Driver employment records: Drivers must have the proper training and pass performance tests before beginning their jobs. If a company allowed a driver without adequate training on the roads, they can be held liable for injuries they cause.

  • Cargo data: Federal regulations place maximum cargo limits for a reason - overloaded or improperly loaded cargo can affect the maneuverability of a truck and make it unsafe to operate.

Pierce, Herns, Sloan & Wilson, LLC has a team of truck accident attorneys in Charleston with extensive experience investigating and litigating personal injury claims involving commercial vehicles. We meticulously review all the evidence in a case and work with trusted accident specialists who can help us determine exactly what happened and who is liable. Our team is skilled a handling complex claims that include multiple liable parties and insurance companies across state lines.

If you would like to discuss your truck collision claim, call our office for a free consultation.

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