Should I Hire an Attorney After a Truck Accident?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 9-Jun-2017

Semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when they are fully loaded. Even minor collisions at low speeds can destroy lives. Accident survivors or their grieving family members can suffer devastating physical injuries and financial losses. For this reason, it is important for victims of truck accidents to call an attorney. A truck accident lawsuit can help cover costs caused by medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost income.

How Can an Attorney Show Fault During a Truck Accident Lawsuit?

To receive damages against a trucking company or truck parts manufacturer, your attorney will need to show their negligence caused your injuries or loss. A truck accident attorney can show trucking companies caused an accident by:

  • Securing the black box: Much like commercial aircraft, 18-wheelers also have black boxes that can show what happened before and during a crash. Depending on the truck, the electronic control module (ECM or black box) records speed, time driven and brake usage. Information secured from the black box can become useful evidence for a lawsuit.
  • Accident reconstruction: Our law firm works with accident reconstruction specialists, experts who can help determine the factors that led to a crash. Testimony from these experts can help show a trucking company or driver was negligent.
  • Recovering documents: After the lawsuit is filed, our firm could secure documents from the driver’s trucking company. Documents such as the driver qualification file and vehicle inspection records may help determine fault. If the truck accident was caused by drowsy driving, we can also recover logbooks that show whether the driver was in compliance with hours of service regulations.
  • Witness statements: If your truck accident occurred in a populated area, there were most likely witnesses. In many cases, witnesses may stay behind at the scene of a crash to provide police with statements on what they saw occur. Some may have also recorded what happened on mobile devices. Witness statements and video footage can be helpful when used in conjunction with other evidence.

Our attorneys can use several methods to determine whether a trucking company, driver or parts manufacturer is responsible for causing your injuries or loss. The Washington DC truck accident attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can help you determine if you have a case.

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