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.