A victim of a truck accident could be mired in a mess of confusion. Fortunately, federal and state regulations require that any accident involving a truck or trailer be inspected by a certified truck inspector before the vehicles are removed from the scene of the crash. This report, which is independent of the local police report, may be obtained from the concerned government agency by a truck accident victim. The report attests to the condition of the truck and trailer, and its critical mechanical parts.
Preservation of Data
The truck industry uses devices similar to the “black box” of an aircraft. It records a substantial amount of data which is helpful in an investigation. The data would include the speed of the truck, the pattern of speed when the brakes were applied and even how long the driver had been driving on the day in question, and the periods of rest. If you are involved in a trucking accident you should try and ensure that this data is preserved because it could well be erased as a regular routine procedure of the company.
Who is responsible?
Most truck accidents are caused by driver error. Other causes are mechanical failure, road design, traffic signal failures, weather conditions, and mechanical failures. A truck accident is always a nightmare for a victim because it is difficult to pinpoint responsibility since more than one party is involved. Apart from the driver, you have the owner, the company that leases the vehicle, the loaders, and the vehicle manufacturer. While all these disparate parties could have contributed to the accident, the inspection report and “black box” can do much to narrow down the responsibility.
This is Routine to Them
A truck accident lawyer would be best placed to obtain a grasp of the situation and raise a credible claim for compensation.