Truck accidents are some of the most severe accidents that harm drivers on the road today. Of all motor vehicle accidents, tractor trailer crashes have the highest fatality rate.
If the truck company, truck driver or manufacturer are found to be responsible for the crash, there is potential for victims to be compensated for the severe, and sometimes catastrophic, injuries they’ve incurred. These types of cases can be very complex. If you are not familiar with the law surrounding truck accidents you could be at risk of accepting a much lower settlement than you are entitled to.
Truck insurance companies are notorious for offering a quick, and insufficient, settlement. Don’t let them bully you into thinking their offer is all that you will get. With the proper evidence and an experienced tractor trailer accident attorney, compensation for medical bills, lost wages, loss of quality of life and punitive damages can be awarded to victims. The Pisanchyn Law Firm’s truck crash lawyers have handled numerous truck accident cases and will launch an investigation into your accident as soon as they accept your case in an effort to preserve valuable evidence. Call 1-800-444-5309 now for a free consultation.
Truck Accident Investigation
Trucking companies often have a head start in setting up for a personal injury claim which could cause important evidence to disappear. Sometimes evidence will even simply not be recorded due to negligence on a trucking companies part.
What’s more, most documents that would be relevant to an investigation of a truck accident don’t have to be kept on file for as long as one would hope. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) require trucking companies to maintain a record of duty status for drivers for six months, annual inspection records for commercial vehicles for fourteen months from the date of the report, and roadside inspection reports for only twelve months. For these reasons, it is imperative you contact a truck accident attorney as soon as possible after a tractor trailer accident caused you or a loved one harm.
What types of evidence will help my tractor trailer accident case?
- The accident and driver Reports
- Driver logs
- Witness statements
- Tire or gouge marks in the road
- Accident scene photos
- The trucker’s qualifications
- The trucker’s driving record
- The trucker’s medical history
- Truck inspection reports
- Data from electronic onboard recording devices
- Cell phone records
- Truck company compliance history
- The truck itself can also be very important evidence provided the trucking company doesn’t have it repaired up to regulation standards prior to an investigation.
How a Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
Obtaining this information on your own has its challenges, that is why having an aggressive, experienced truck accident law firm on your side is imperative.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck then do not hesitate to contact the Pisanchyn Law Firm for a free consultation about your possible personal injury claim. Call 1-800-444-5309 now. We have offices in Scranton, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg and will travel to you.