We Investigate Trucking Companies
Get a truck accident attorney you can trust on your side
After a truck accident, the trucking company will often move quickly to take action. They often have a rapid response team on the scene within hours to collect evidence and start building their legal case. They’ll be on the phone with their insurance company and their attorneys, and they’ll put all of their resources towards achieving one, simple goal – to pay you as little as possible after your accident.
If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident, you need your own advocate to start investigating your crash. You need Marcus & Mack. We know how to hold trucking companies accountable for their actions and we know what we need to do to protect your rights.
When trucking companies are negligent, we hold them accountable
Commercial truck drivers are held to higher legal standards than other motorists. In theory, this should make it easy to hold the trucking company responsible for an accident. But things are rarely that simple. Trucking companies work hard to protect their assets, and unfortunately, they have several advantages in terms of getting the evidence they need. That’s why when you contact us and retain our firm to handle your case, we’ll take immediate action. As your attorney, can investigate:
- Hours of Service (HOS) Log: Truck drivers are required to log all of their driving time in this log, which includes mandatory breaks. The information in the log may show us that the trucker would have been fatigued at the time of the accident, or that the driver worked through those mandatory breaks. However, the trucking company is only required by law to keep that log for six months after the accident – unless an attorney intervenes. One of the first things we’ll do is contact the trucking company and make sure they don’t destroy the log.
- “Black Box” Data: Just like commercial aircraft, commercial trucks have a “black box” that stores several critical pieces of information such as the truck’s speed at the time of the crash. Because the black box data is legally the trucking company’s property in some states, we have to act fast to get access to it.
- Maintenance Records: Truck drivers are required to conduct maintenance checks every time they get on the road. However, if the trucker rushes through this check or even skips it entirely in order to meet an unrealistic delivery schedule, the truck may not be safe to drive. We may interview mechanics and others who worked on the truck to see whether the trucking company knew of a maintenance issue and failed to fix it.
- Hiring and Supervision Records: Our investigation may show that the trucking company failed to conduct a background check, knowingly hired a driver with a history of drunk or reckless driving, or retained a driver when they found out that he or she had that dangerous history. Depending on the circumstances, this may lead to a claim against the trucking company for negligent hiring, negligent supervision or negligent retention.
- Eyewitness Reports: If someone saw your accident, we will make every effort to track them down and get a statement from that witness. We’ll also look at the truck driver’s own statements to see if the driver’s comments match up with a witness’s report. For example, if the truck driver fell asleep at the wheel, the driver’s statements might not match up at all with what witnesses said they saw. Our investigators will also interview other witnesses, including people who saw the accident itself as well as others who may have seen the driver beforehand and can testify that the trucker was tired or intoxicated.
The sooner we can take action on your behalf, the better. Over time, evidence can quickly disappear – often because of actions taken by the trucking company. Witnesses’ memories might also fade. Documents can also be lost or destroyed. An experienced truck accident lawyer from our firm will move quickly to protect your legal rights and help you get the compensation you need. If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident, don’t delay – the trucking company certainly won’t. Call (866) 881-9883 today for your free consultation.