How Can An Attorney Help You Prove Liability In A Truck Accident?
Proving liability in a truck accident can be challenging unless you have the help of a truck accident lawyer. Contact an attorney as soon as possible after the accident so he can immediately begin to investigate.
There are a number of ways that a lawyer can gather the evidence that is needed to determine who is liable for the crash. First, he may reach out to bystanders who witnessed the accident to determine what they saw.
A lawyer can also subpoena the trucking company for information regarding the truck driver, the driver’s “black box,” and the truck’s maintenance records. Looking at the maintenance records should help the attorney determine if the company was complying with federal regulations related to maintaining the truck.
An attorney will also need to verify that the trucking company complied with federal scheduling regulations. If the driver was fatigued as a result of overscheduling, the trucking company could be held liable.
Your attorney can also analyze the driver qualification file, which is a record that contains information on the driver’s performance, training, and drug tests. Finally, the “black box” is a device inside the truck that records information on the operation of the truck.
This device would show if a truck driver was driving recklessly at the time of the accident. It’s important to note that most black boxes only record data for a period of 30 days. Once the 30 days has passed, it begins to record over the existing data.
This is just one of the many reasons why it’s imperative you reach out to an attorney as soon as possible after being injured in a truck accident. For more information on how a truck accident attorney can help you after a truck accident, see the blog on our website.
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