There's a way to level the playing field. You need a truck accident attorney with the experience and resources needed to investigate the trucking company and recover that information. For over 45 years, the attorneys at The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic have been doing just that.
We leave no stone unturned to help our clients recover
Some of the evidence we'll seek to uncover in a truck accident case includes:
- Hours of Service (HOS) records: Strict federal regulations limit the number of hours truck drivers can spend behind the wheel. Truck drivers are required to take rest breaks and not to exceed these limits, and they're required to keep a log to show that they are in compliance with the law. One of the first steps we'll take when you contact us and retain our law firm is to contact the trucking company and make sure they do not destroy that log.
- GPS data: You may have heard of the "black box" in the context of airline accidents. Many commercial trucks have a "black box" as well, and it contains valuable GPS data including the truck's position, speed and direction of travel. Checking the black box data against the HOS log may show that the log was altered - for instance, the GPS may show that the truck was moving while the log states that the driver was resting. Again, we need to act quickly to make sure this information is not destroyed or overwritten.
- Hiring and Supervision records: Federal law mandates that trucking companies conduct background checks on all of their drivers, but some companies skip that step. In one $9.65 million recovery, our investigation revealed that the trucking company had fabricated a background check and made up a road test - before hiring a driver with a history of drugged driving. We may have a case for negligent hiring or negligent retention - that is, keeping a driver employed after the trucking company learned of a history of drunk or reckless driving.
- Maintenance records: Trucking companies are required by law to keep their trucks in good working order. If bad brakes, engine trouble or another maintenance issue caused your accident, we'll look at those maintenance records to determine what happened. That may mean the trucking company is liable for failing to have necessary repairs done - or that a mechanic or repair shop failed to adequately repair the problem.
- Witness testimony: A witness to the accident may be able to tell us that the truck driver was texting, speeding or appeared drunk. Sometimes, a critical witness isn't someone who witnessed the crash itself. Someone who saw the trucker before the accident, for example, may be able to testify that he or she was exhausted or under the influence. We'll also review the trucker's own statements to find anything that can allow us to prove fault for the accident.
A thorough investigation of the trucking company is the key to successfully resolving your truck accident claim. Our attorneys understand this, which is why we've successfully recovered so many substantial settlements and verdicts in these cases. If you've been hurt in a truck accident, we can put that experience to work for you, too.
That's why it's so important to reach out to our firm and schedule a free consultation as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more time the trucking company has to destroy evidence and build its case against you. Visit our Jacksonville office or call 904-358-8881 today.