Why is it so important to investigate after trucking accidents?

Every motor vehicle accident has the potential to cause serious damage to victims and property. However, collisions involving a commercial truck often result in the most catastrophic damage. These vehicles are enormous and weight tens of thousands of pounds, and when they crash, it is often the people in the smaller vehicle who suffer the brunt of the damage, which is often extensive. Holding someone accountable for these damages can be critical.

This is why it is so important that commercial vehicle accidents are thoroughly investigated. An investigation can uncover evidence of recklessness or negligence on the part of a trucker or trucking company that can be the basis of a personal injury claim, and regular motorists don't necessarily know what to look for. 

For instance, it may be possible to determine that:

  • A trucker was drunk or under the influence of drugs
  • A trucker was on a cellphone or otherwise distracted
  • A trucker was drowsy and in violation of the Hours of Service regulations
  • A trucker suffered from a condition that should have kept him or her from driving
  • The trucking company did not enforce proper logbook practices
  • The trucking company failed to hire certified, safe drivers
  • The truck was improperly maintained
  • The truck was carrying prohibited materials or was improperly loaded

These are all serious issues and trucking violations that you may not be aware of as a traditional motorist, as you don't have to worry about things like cargo restrictions and commercial driver's license credentials.

However, a personal injury attorney experience in pursuing trucking accident claims knows that these are common elements in serious crashes and knows what to look for when it comes to an investigation. If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in an accident with a commercial vehicle, then you can work with an attorney to pursue a claim and the compensation you may deserve.

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