Importance of Truck Accident Reconstruction in Jacksonville
Accidents involving large commercial trucks are far more complex than those involving regular passenger vehicles. With a fully loaded trailer, a large truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. A crash with one of these massive vehicles can be devastating and result in catastrophic or fatal injuries to those involved.
Finding evidence after a truck crash
Proving that a trucking company, or its driver, was at fault in a crash requires a thorough and extensive investigation. It is vital for our experts to get involved early in the process before critical evidence is lost. Fortunately, proof of negligence can be uncovered by a crash reconstructionist, who can determine how a crash occurred by examining the following:
- Tire marks in the road: The measured distance of tire marks may indicate the speed a truck driver was traveling at the time of a crash, and whether he or she applied the brakes.
- Brake balance: Unlike passenger vehicles, large trucks take more time to stop, even when the brakes are properly maintained. Trucking companies are required to ensure that all brakes work properly. A reconstructionist will examine whether or not the braking system had an equal level of air pressure. When brakes are not balanced properly, some may not lock.
- Brake lag: When examining mechanical lag and air-pressure lag, a reconstructionist will determine the amount of time between brake application and wheel lockup.
When the brakes on a large commercial truck don't work to their fullest capacity, they may not be able to stop in time to prevent a crash. This can result in rear-end accidents, head-on collisions, T-bone accidents, and rollovers.
Your attorney will handle the rest
Large commercial trucks spend countless hours and miles on the road. For this reason, trucking companies are required to closely monitor their vehicles for wear and tear and ensure that they're safe to drive. When trucking companies operate with poorly maintained trucks, they are in violation of federal law. Our attorneys will look for maintenance records and other evidence that can be used to support your claim.
We have a deep understanding of the role reconstruction plays in serious truck accident cases, including one memorable case in which we recovered $7 million for a client who was catastrophically injured by a negligent trucker. In that accident, the police report initially absolved the trucker of responsibility, but our meticulous reconstruction efforts, including a 16-foot-long scale model of the roadway and computer animation, clearly demonstrated that the trucker could have avoided a collision simply by taking his foot off the gas.