Every year, thousands of people are killed, and many more suffer severe injuries in truck accidents. Unfortunately, you are more likely to suffer significant injuries in a truck accident than in a regular commercial vehicle collision. Typically, people outside of the truck as pedestrians or occupants of other vehicles sustain the worst injuries in these accidents.
Truck accident attorneys at Tillmann Law understand how challenging the physical and emotional recovery process can be after a commercial truck accident. They also know that trucking companies and their insurers can make the financial recovery process difficult. However, an experienced attorney can help protect your rights and advocate for the compensation that you deserve. Contact our office online or by calling (503) 683-8113 for a free consultation with a truck accident attorney.
Knowing commercial truck rules and regulations is critical when investigating an accident. Your attorney must know how and where to search for evidence that shows whether or not the defendants were in compliance with those laws. Evidence of noncompliance may be used to prove fault and liability. Investigations often begin with securing the driver’s smartphone records and driving history.
Truck accident investigations often involve examining the truck’s black box, hours of service records, and the company’s history of safety violations. It is also necessary to explore the inside and outside of the truck as well as the maintenance records to determine if improper maintenance or truck defects caused the accident.
As mentioned above, other important evidence to be reviewed includes the driver’s smartphone records at the time of the accident and driving history. Truck company safety and training policies must be scrutinized to determine if the driver was properly trained and if a thorough background check was conducted before the driver was hired. Truck accident investigations are complicated, which is why only experienced attorneys should handle these claims.
Who or what entities are responsible for your truck accident depends on important case-specific facts. If the truck driver caused your accident, the driver and his or her employer might be liable for your injuries and damages. Depending on how the transfer of goods was structured and the relationship between parties, a truck owner, lessor, or broker might also be liable. If a truck defect caused or contributed to the accident, the manufacturer and party responsible for maintenance could be defendants in your claim.
Attorneys at Tillmann Law have many years of experience representing clients in personal injury claims. Contact our office for a free consultation with a truck accident attorney. We will go over your legal rights and potential to pursue compensation for your injuries and damages.