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Do I Need a Lawyer for a Truck Accident Claim?

Oldham & Smith March 27, 2019

Accidents involving large vehicles like 18-wheelers and tractor-trailers can be devastating. Although all motor vehicle accidents have the potential to cause serious harm to those involved, truck accidents commonly cause catastrophic injuries due to the vehicle’s heavy weight, size, and force of impact. If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident, it is important to recover all of the compensation you are entitled to so that you can cover all of your medical expenses and focus on recovering from your injury. In this blog, we explain why you need a lawyer to help with your truck accident claim.

Determining the Liable Parties

Trucking companies will immediately begin investigating the accident to collect evidence and build their defense against your claim for damages. This is why it is crucial to hire a lawyer to handle your case. An experienced lawyer can gather police reports, analyze federal data, and review numbers from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to determine if a third party broker or parts manufacturer is liable for your accident.

Preserving Evidence

A lawyer will use their extensive resources to preserve the evidence you need to win your case. If the evidence isn’t properly preserved, it can’t be used in your case. A lawyer might collect the following evidence to build your case:

  • Driver Log

  • Black Box Data

  • Maintenance Records

  • GPS Data

  • Post-Crash Drug / Alcohol Test Results

  • Driver Personnel Files

  • Shipping Records

  • Video Footage

If crucial evidence has been destroyed, your lawyer can seek sanctions against the party that destroyed the evidence.

Expert Assistance

A seasoned lawyer will consult with an accident reconstruction expert to document the scene of the crash and re-create the accident to back up the details of your testimony. A good lawyer will work with a trucking expert to assist with the following things:

  • Analyze Driver Logs

  • Physically Inspect the Truck

  • Download & Examine Black Box / ECM Data

  • Identify FMCSA Violations

  • Provide Testimony to Support the Findings

Speak to A Truck Accident Attorney Today

Do you need help pursuing maximum compensation for your truck accident injuries? If so, you should get in touch with our accident lawyers in Lake County to discuss the details of your case. We can build a strong legal strategy and explain all of your right under the law. Our team will stand by your side throughout your entire case.

Call us to set up your free case consultation with our skilled legal team.