Experienced Louisville Attorney Who Investigates Trucking Companies
Our law firm will find the evidence you need to get fair compensation
If you've been involved in a truck accident, you're facing an uphill legal battle from the beginning. That's because your opponent isn't just another motorist - you're up against the trucking company. Trucking companies and their insurance carriers have huge amounts of resources to use to reduce their liability - which means reducing or denying your claim - and they often have teams of attorneys and adjusters on their side to do just that.
This problem is compounded because much of the critical evidence in a truck accident case is actually the trucking company's property. That means they have an unfair advantage right from the start - unless you have a truck accident lawyer on your side who can take action to secure that evidence.
That's why you need the Whaley Law Firm.
Here's what we look for when we investigate a trucking company
From reviewing the trucking company's records to collecting evidence from the accident scene, thoroughly investigating a truck accident can be a lengthy process. Here are some of the things we look for after an accident:
- Hours of Service (HOS) Log: In order to make sure they are awake and alert at all times, truck drivers are required to take mandatory rest breaks and only work a certain number of hours per week. They are required to document their hours in a log in order to ensure compliance. However, this log belongs to the trucking company, and they are only required to keep it for six months unless an attorney intervenes. When you contact attorney Aaron Whaley and retain him to handle your case, he'll immediately contact the trucking company and make sure they don't destroy that log.
- Black Box Data: You may have heard of the black box in the context of airplane crashes, but commercial trucks have one, too, and it contains valuable information such as the truck's speed and direction of travel at the time of the crash. Again, the black box belongs to the trucking company, and you need an attorney to intervene to secure that important information.
- Maintenance Information: It's the trucking company's responsibility to keep their trucks in good, safe working condition. We'll review all documentation of maintenance done on the truck to see whether there was an unaddressed safety issue that may have contributed to your accident. Our investigation may include interviewing mechanics and others who did work on the truck in addition to the trucker's and trucking company's own records.
- Hiring and Supervision Records: Another responsibility of the trucking company is to make sure their drivers are safe and responsible operators. We may find records showing that the trucking company failed to conduct a background check or knowingly hired a dangerous or unqualified driver. Our investigation may also show that the trucking company failed to adequately train or supervise the driver, leading to a crash.
- Witness Accounts: In many cases, a witness has critical information that could hold the trucker or trucking company accountable for the accident. We'll interview people who witnessed the crash itself as well as others who may have previously witnessed the events leading to the accident. For instance, a witness may testify that the trucker appeared tired or intoxicated prior to getting behind the wheel.
Truck accident cases are decided based on the facts of the case, and a thorough and deep investigation is the key to uncovering those facts. That's why you need an experienced Louisville accident lawyer on your side. Contact us today for your free consultation. Call (866) 703-7575.