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How Can a Lawyer Investigate My Truck Accident?

Posted on in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Knox County truck accident lawyerA serious collision between any two vehicles on the road can result in serious harm to the people inside them. When the accident involves a commercial truck, multiple vehicles are often involved, and extreme or fatal injuries are common. If you have been involved in a serious truck accident and need to pursue compensation, it is important that you are able to demonstrate what negligent action on the truck driver or their employer’s part led to the accident.

The scene left behind after a truck accident can be chaotic. It may be difficult to piece together exactly what happened, especially if the truck driver lost control and struck multiple vehicles. An attorney who is experienced in handling truck accident claims may be able to undertake a skilled investigation that could reveal the cause of the accident. 

Types of Evidence an Attorney Can Help Find

While there is likely to be some important evidence left behind at the accident scene, there are many other types of proof that may or may not be available in your case. An attorney may look for evidence like: 

  • Maintenance records - Trucking agencies must maintain their fleet of trucks so that they are safe to drive. This includes measures like checking and replacing brakes, replacing worn tires, and promptly making any other repairs needed to keep each truck in a safe condition. Especially if there is suspicion that a vehicle component failure caused or contributed to the accident, your attorney may want to review maintenance logs for the truck that was involved in your accident. 
  • Drug and alcohol tests - In most cases, a truck driver that has just been involved in an accident will be drug tested by their employer shortly after the accident. If your attorney finds that the truck driver was positive for alcohol or another substance, they may be able to argue that the driver’s intoxication was the cause of the accident. 
  • Hours of service logs - One of the more common reasons that truck drivers make dangerous and careless mistakes that lead to accidents is that they are fatigued and may not have taken a mandatory rest break. Drivers are required to keep records showing their compliance with federal hours of service regulations. Often, commercial trucks are also equipped with gear that records times that the truck is stopped and in operation. 

Your attorney will likely also carefully investigate any evidence found at the scene of the crash, in addition to reviewing documented damage to each vehicle involved. 

Contact a Knox County Truck Accident Lawyer 

The Law Office of William F. Evans has the skills needed to conduct thorough investigations into the cause of a commercial truck accident. Our experienced Knoxville truck accident attorneys may be able to recover compensation on your behalf. Contact us at 423-449-7980 for a free consultation. 

 

Source:

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-of-service

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