Proper Truck Accident Investigation, Explained
In all accidents involving large trucks, it is vital that attorneys perform a proper truck accident investigation. At Bordas and Bordas we use comprehensive programs to ensure no stone is left unturned. Among the plethora of steps taken to prepare a truck accident investigation and later litigate a truck crash case we: (1) Preserve all evidence during the truck accident investigation; (2) Obtain police and other agency reports; (3) Obtain witness reports; (4) Acquire coroner reports; (5) Obtain the black box data if the truck was equipped with an ECM (Electronic Control Module); (6) Obtain the subject vehicle’s black box data if it was equipped with an EDR (Event Data Recorder) or SDM (Sensing and Diagnostic Module); (7) Acquire the truck’s GPS (Global Positioning System) data; (8) Learn about the motor carrier and its licenses, insurance, safety record, etc.; (9) Get the full background and history on the driver; (10) Secure a truck accident reconstruction expert; (11) If the truck driver committed a criminal act which caused the accident, we will communicate closely with the prosecuting attorney in charge of any criminal proceedings against the truck driver; (12) Determine the best legal venue determined by substantive law and choice of law issues and (13) Prepare and file the lawsuit.
We want the community to understand that commercial trucking companies (and their insurance carriers) face significant costs if they are held liable for personal injuries or fatalities caused by a trucking collision. As someone who defended trucking companies for over 15-years, within minutes after these catastrophic collisions they are sending investigators, lawyers and other personnel to the accident scene. It is their job to control the accident scene, shield the driver from giving damaging statements and preserve evidence in a light most favorable to their clients. From our years of experience handling complex truck collision investigation and litigation, we know how to effectively detect negligence and causes of the truck wreck, such as:
- Negligent truck safety
- Negligence in securing cargo
- Driver log falsification
- Over Hours of Service
- Truck driver fatigue
- Driver distractions
- Defective road design
- Bad weather
- Failure to enforce training procedures
- Other factors
If you or a loved one has been involved in a collision with a commercial motor vehicle please feel free to call us with any questions you may have or ask us how we can help.
Today's blog: Accidents can be very daunting for everyone involved and if you are injured by a big truck, Chris McCabe shares the importance of having an attorney perform a proper truck accident investigation.