The Role Of Federal Regulations In Truck Accident Litigation
Written by Greg on June 5, 2012
The importance of a thorough investigation after a serious truck accident cannot be overstated. Often, key evidence exists on an onboard computer on the big rig and also in the paperwork required to be maintained by truck drivers and trucking companies.
Investigations sometimes reveals that a trucking company or a specific truck driver did not follow the federal regulations and even took steps to circumvent the rules with bogus entries on log books and inspection reports. Sometimes the paperwork can reveal warning signs to a company about the condition of the tractor-trailer before an accident. In some cases the condition of the truck at the time of the wreck is determined to be the cause of the crash.
Trucking companies are required to keep specific records on their drivers and trucks but are only required to keep them for a limited period of time. It is important that the attorney for the crash victim contact the trucking company as soon as possible after an accident and demand that the evidence be preserved. Sometimes temporary restraining orders signed by a judge are necessary to ensure the availability of key evidence that might otherwise be destroyed.
One tactic that has been used recently has been an attempt by the trucking company to quickly repair the semi truck and or trailer in an effort to deprive the objective inspection of the tractor-trailer. Sometimes by the time the semi truck accident attorney has been hired the big rig has been placed back in service and critical evidence lost.
If you or loved one have been injured in a semi truck accident case consider calling an experienced semi truck accident attorney as soon as possible after the crash.
The Baumgartner Law Firm helps accident victims seek civil justice in truck accident and other cases.