Truck accident victims often face a long, tough road to justice. Many trucking companies have high-powered defense attorneys on their side and near-limitless resources to defend their truckers’ reckless actions. Passenger vehicle occupants, on the other hand, often do not have the experience needed to protect their rights in this situation.
Truck drivers and their operating companies use every trick in the book to avoid paying for the accidents they cause. One such tactic is lying about the specifics of an accident. Learn how to protect your rights when your statement and the truck driver’s statement about an accident do not line up.
How Are Truck Accidents Investigated?
A truck accident requires thorough investigation. This is because there are a variety of factors that often contribute to truck accidents, including the following:
- Drunk or drowsy truck driver
- Truck driver traveling too fast for conditions
- Equipment failure caused by poor truck maintenance
- Improperly loaded truck cargo
In order to recover maximum possible compensation, you need an experienced attorney on your side who can investigate the truck accident thoroughly and gather all the evidence you need to win your case. Such an investigation includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Review the truck’s cab video to determine whether the truck driver was distracted or otherwise acting negligently.
- Get access to the vehicle’s event data recorder, or “black box,” to examine changes in engine function or tire speed.
- Go over the trucker’s logs to determine if they violated the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s hours-of-service regulations.
- Review personnel records to determine whether the driver should not have been on the road due to prior infractions.
- Obtain statements from relevant parties, including the truck driver, dispatcher, cargo handlers, and more.
The final step mentioned above is key to disputing a truck driver’s false statement about the accident. A thorough investigation will reveal what really caused the truck accident, and all of the evidence compiled together can easily disprove a trucker’s statement and prove yours.
Why Hire an Attorney for My Truck Accident Claim?
Such extensive gathering of evidence can only be done by a hard-hitting truck accident attorney who knows exactly what to look for. At Jamie Casino Injury Attorneys, we have the experience, resources, and dedication needed to take on large trucking companies and their insurers. Additionally, working with our team means that you will:
- Focus on recovering from your injuries. Our team will take the matter largely out of your hands and send you frequent updates.
- Not pay a cent unless we win money for you. We operate on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t owe us any money unless we win your case. Then, our fee will be deducted from your result. Nothing comes out of your own pocket.
- Have a better chance of recovering maximum possible compensation. Studies have shown that those with legal representation recover significantly more than those who go through the claims process on their own. In fact, those with attorneys receive settlements or awards that are $60,000 higher, on average, than those who proceed on their own. Even after deducting the average fees charged by personal injury attorneys, those with legal representation typically walk away with about three times as much compensation as unrepresented readers.
Truck accidents often leave victims with catastrophic injuries. Such injuries require long-term treatment and rehabilitation. It’s not right for a trucker’s recklessness to throw you and your family into physical, emotional, and financial turmoil.
Don’t gamble with your future. Contact Jamie Casino Injury Attorneys at (912) 809-5335 to schedule a free case review.