The sooner a truck accident attorney can get started on the investigation, the better the chances are of building a strong legal case.
When a truck accident occurs, it’s important to speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. The sooner an attorney can get started on the investigation, the better the chances are of building a strong case. However, what process do attorneys follow when they’re investigating a truck accident? The truth is, the process is complex and can vary depending on the circumstances of your accident. However, in general, attorneys will follow a specific set of steps to determine what happened and the at-fault party. Here is a brief overview of the process.
Gathering All Relevant Evidence From the Scene of the Accident
To get you the compensation you deserve, your attorney must gather strong evidence that proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the other party was at fault. This can be a daunting task- after all, how do you go about proving something like that? Well, it all starts at the scene of the accident.
They’ll typically look for things like skid marks and property damage. They’ll also be looking for evidence that may not be so obvious. For example, they may take pictures of the weather conditions at the time of the accident, or they may look for surveillance footage from nearby businesses. Your attorney will also want to see the police report, witness statements, photos of the scene, and anything else that could be useful in building your case.
Next, your attorney may interview witnesses to the accident. By talking to people who saw the accident, attorneys can better understand what happened. They can also find out if there were any factors that may have contributed to the accident, such as distracted driving or speeding. In addition, witnesses can help identify the responsible party. The attorney will also use the interviews to identify any potential eyewitnesses who can testify about what they saw.
Examining the Trucking Company and the Driver
Your attorney will then examine the trucking company and the driver. This is important because the company is responsible for ensuring that its drivers are safe and following the rules of the road. The attorney will be looking for any red flags that may indicate the company is not doing its due diligence in this regard. For example, if the company has a history of accidents or complaints against it, this could be an indication that there are problems with its safety practices. Furthermore, if the driver of the truck involved in the accident has a history of violations, this could also be indicative of a potential problem.
Examining the Truck
Another important step in the investigation process is taking a close look at the truck itself.
The attorney may have the truck examined for any mechanical defects that could have caused or contributed to the accident. They will also be looking at the condition of the brakes, tires, and other safety equipment. In addition, they will be looking at the weight of the load and how it was distributed. All this information is important in determining whether or not the truck was being operated safely.
Reviewing Medical Records
Your attorney will also need to review your medical records to determine the extent of your injuries. This information will be important in calculating your damages and ensuring you receive the full compensation you deserve.
Analyzing the Evidence
Once all of the evidence has been gathered, your attorney will begin the process of analyzing it. This step is important in determining who was at fault for the accident and what damages you may be owed. In some cases, your attorney may also hire experts to help with this analysis.
The steps listed above are just a general overview of how attorneys investigate truck accidents. As we mentioned earlier, the specific steps taken may vary depending on the circumstances of your particular case. If you have any questions about your case, contact the experienced truck accident attorneys at Apicella & Schlesinger. We are ready to answer any questions you may have and help you get the compensation you deserve.
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