Because of the complexity of modern shipping vehicles, the cause of a truck accident is not as readily determined as an accident between passenger vehicles. As a result, the expertise of engineering and accident investigation experts is often required to establish that cause.
The Dallas truck accident lawyers at Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP have extensive experience leading and managing Dallas truck accident investigations. We do this on behalf of clients who have suffered serious injuries in collisions with semi-trucks and other heavy vehicles. Our attorneys work closely with investigators to analyze commercial truck accidents and to use the results of that analysis to recover compensation for the injuries suffered by our clients.
The Basics of Dallas Truck Accident Investigations
At a minimum, the lawyers, engineers, and accident reconstruction specialists who are investigating truck accidents will examine:
- The truck’s Event Data Recorder (EDR), which is analogous to the black box data recorders on commercial airplanes
- Statements from eyewitnesses and persons involved in the accident
- Police reports, including any toxicology tests ordered by law enforcement authorities
- Background information on the driver and the company that owned, leased, or managed the truck, including the Driver Qualification File (DQF)
- The driver’s logbook and any records that describe how and when the truck was loaded
- Records of mechanical repairs and other truck and tire maintenance reports
- Cell phone records from the truck driver and other parties involved in the accident
- Weather and traffic condition reports
The relative importance of these factors will be determined by the specific facts about the accident. For example, an investigator looking into a truck jackknife incident will pay more attention to how the truck was loaded, the truck’s speed at the time of the accident, and other elements known to elevate jackknifing risks.
Truck Accident Investigations Preserve Critical Evidence
An individual who suffers injuries in a truck accident must file a lawsuit to recover their damages within two years from the date of the accident. However, the Dallas truck accident lawyers at Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP strongly urge injured persons not to wait to begin their lawsuit. When you contact an attorney as soon as is possible, they can begin the required accident investigations that will preserve the narrative of the collision. Your attorney will then use that evidence to negotiate the largest damages award that may be available to compensate you for your losses and injuries.
Truck Accident Investigations Include Substantially More Detail Than a Police report
Reports from the local police and traffic authorities will include valuable information about how a truck accident happened, who was involved, and what insurance might cover any losses and injuries. When you file your lawsuit, you will need more information and evidence to prove your case. As a result, you should not rely on a police report. Instead, you should retain a semi-truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact Our Team of Dallas Truck Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation
Please see our website or call the Dallas truck accident lawyers at Crowe Arnold Majors, LLP directly for a no-fee consultation about our services in leading and managing truck accident investigations.
Our personal injury attorneys have deep knowledge and experience in conducting truck accident investigations. They are also skilled in translating the results of those investigations into straightforward language– to persuade insurance companies and juries to award the largest available compensation. When you contact and retain us after your truck accident, we will promptly begin the truck accident investigation that supports your claims and demands for damages.