In almost all types of car accidents, insurance companies or law enforcement (if allowed) will attempt to gather facts and information pertaining to the accident to determine fault and other things. An investigation can be fairly simple by going off of statements given or it can be more complicated by examining other factors. In semi truck accidents, an investigation can be very thorough. Learn how your attorney, insurance company, and/or law enforcement investigate semi truck accidents in the article from our sister site, Ernst Law Group, below.
HOW ARE TRUCK ACCIDENTS INVESTIGATED?
When you or a loved one is involved in a collision with a semi truck or commercial vehicle in San Luis Obispo, the aftermath can be devastating. The sheer size and weight of these vehicles can mean serious injury and property damage in the event of an accident. When helping you determine whether you and your family are eligible for compensation following this type of accident, your attorney will conduct a thorough investigation into the crash. Here is how this investigation may be handled.
Every transportation company is required to maintain a DQF, driver qualification file, on every driver they have on their roster. The files contain training information, driving records, employment history and certain personal records of the driver. The file also contains results of any drug or alcohol testing the driver has undergone. By obtaining these records, your attorney will be able to determine, in part, if the driver contributed to the accident or was likely to have contributed to the wreck.
Maintenance Records for the Vehicle
Your attorney will also scour maintenance records for the vehicle. This information will also be contained in the DQF. The information provided may indicate that equipment failure has occurred with the rig on a previous occasion, that the company failed to maintain the vehicle properly, or that the load was improperly place in the trailer. While this information may not prove your case, the evidence discovered will certainly support your claim.
GPS and Black Boxes
In today’s world, GPS records are used as a way to keep tabs on drivers and their trucks. Your attorney may obtain these records to demonstrate that a driver was on the road too long. In other cases, your attorney may seek to gain information stored by the truck’s black box. This could indicate that the driver was speeding, that they failed to brake or even how they had shifted gears prior to the accident.
A trucking company may be hesitant to share any or all of this information. Your attorney will have the experience necessary to put the right legal pressure on the owner of a trucking company in order to get the evidence necessary to support your claim. No person who has been involved in an accident with a semi truck should be forced to deal with the financial damages that often occur following such a serious incident.
If you have been involved in an accident with a semi truck in San Luis Obispo, reach out to our team of experienced accident attorneys. We will review the details of your incident and advise you of your legal rights. You have nothing to lose by calling our office. We will help you schedule your case evaluation and we will advise you of the best steps for moving forward. Call our office now or browse our website for more information about our firm and the types of cases we handle.