Truck Accident Investigations

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Gas or oil truck on highwayTruck accident investigations are more complex than passenger vehicles. This is generally because more than one party can be responsible for a truck accident, and evidence can disappear quickly. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries, or you lost a loved one in a truck accident, you want to start an investigation as soon as possible.

We recommend that you speak to an experienced attorney about your situation. An attorney can help you collect and preserve crucial evidence and navigate the complexities of a truck accident case. Below, Houston truck accident lawyer Daniel D. Horowitz, III explains what you should know about truck accident investigations.

Why Is a Truck Accident Investigation Important?

Truck accidents may result in catastrophic injury or death. This is due to a truck’s weight and size. After a truck accident, you may have piling medical bills, lost wages or even loss of life to deal with. A truck accident claim is the only way you can recover compensation to help you move forward.

In order to recover full and fair compensation, you must prove the truck driver, trucking company or another entity caused the accident. Without proof, the insurance company may try to minimize or deny your claim. A truck accident investigation can help you determine the cause of the crash, and preserve important evidence to support your accident claim.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer for a Truck Accident Investigation?

If you or a loved one were seriously injured from the accident, or you lost a loved one in the accident, you have enough to worry about. Unfortunately, you also need to prioritize collecting evidence from the accident, as it is critical to protect your claim.

You can expect that the trucking company and insurance company will start an investigation immediately after the accident. They will gain early control of critical evidence such as the truck itself.

A truck accident attorney can conduct an independent investigation, gather critical evidence and handle the legal parts of your accident, so you can focus on recovery. Your lawyer may also hire accident reconstruction experts to determine the cause of the crash. Accident reconstruction experts can build a simulation of the crash to help determine how and why the crash occurred. This is important, because multiple parties may be responsible for the accident.

What Is Important Evidence in a Truck Accident Investigation?

There are many pieces of evidence that are important to a truck accident case. A few important pieces include:

Black Box Data

Many trucks have a black box, which is an electronic logging device. A black box may hold important information about the accident. It may show:

  • Hours of service since the last rest period
  • Speed of the truck at the time of the accident
  • When the driver used the brakes
  • Distance between destinations

Police Report

Most police reports have important information relevant to your case including, but not limited to:

  • Driver information for all involved parties
  • Witness statements and witness contact information
  • Any citations issued after the truck accident
  • Responding officers’ opinion about the cause and fault of the accident

Documentation of the Truck Accident Scene

You should take pictures and videos of the following:

  • Your injuries and your passengers’ injuries
  • Damage to your vehicle and any other vehicles involved
  • Positions of the vehicles at the time of the accident
  • Weather conditions
  • Light conditions
  • Road conditions

You should also talk to any witnesses at the scene and exchange contact information with them.

Other Important Information

Other important evidence may include:

  • Hours of service documentation
  • Truck driver phone records
  • Truck inspection reports
  • Truck maintenance reports
  • Truck driver history (i.e. employment, training, complaints)
  • Other electronic logs for the truck

Why Is It Important to Investigate a Truck Accident Right Away?

As soon as you leave the accident scene, truck accident evidence starts disappearing. Without images or videos of the accident scene, you will have to rely on memory, which fades over time.

Additionally, the trucking company could repair the truck and put it back into service. The truck’s black box may only store data for as little as 30 days before cycling it out. Your lawyer can send preservation letters to every potential defendant about your claim, directing them to preserve any relevant evidence.

Speak to Our Houston Truck Accident Lawyer About Your Situation

You want an experienced truck accident lawyer on your side after a truck crash. Daniel D. Horowitz, III has unique experience. He started his law career defending trucking companies and he was actually a truck driver in college. Now, he works to obtain justice for the victims of these accidents. Call him today at (832) 734-9967 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.