Truck Accident Investigation
Tractor trailer accidents happen for many reasons. Whether the cause of an accident with a large truck seems obvious or it is difficult to figure out, an investigation is almost always necessary. At the law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, our tractor trailer accident lawyers have the know-how and staff to handle whatever investigation your tractor trailer accident case requires.
Need representation by a tractor trailer accident attorney? Contact us for a free consultation at 866-388-6408.
Why is investigation important in a personal injury or wrongful death case involving a large commercial truck?
Most trucking companies and their insurance companies have accident investigation teams that go out to the scene immediately, sometimes within minutes or hours of an accident. Their job is to locate and secure evidence that supports the truck driver’s version of how the accident happened. However, the truck driver’s story may differ in many respects from your independent recollection of the accident. To protect your rights, you need an investigator who will look for and document evidence that is favorable to your case.
Never give an oral or written statement about your accident to a trucking company representative, its insurance company or its lawyer until after you get advice from a tractor trailer accident lawyer yourself. Ordinarily, you should not discuss how your accident happened with anyone representing the interests of a trucking company or its driver. Why? Among other things, you may be asked leading questions that are designed to confuse you and elicit answers that can be twisted around unfairly to make it look like the accident was at least partially your fault.
If a trucking company representative, attorney, or insurance company representative requests your oral or written statement, call the Allen Law Firm at 866-388-6408, before you answer any questions.
Our In-House Investigation Team
Few personal injury law firms have staff investigators who work exclusively for them. The Allen Law Firm does. Because our investigators work full time for us, they are always on call to investigate large truck accidents whenever or wherever they occur. Upon arrival at the accident scene, they look for physical evidence like scuff and yaw marks, radiator fluid residue, and off road tire tracks. They measure skid marks and take photographs documenting the scene. Our investigators also interview witnesses and meet with law enforcement officials who responded to the accident scene or performed a formal crash investigation for the state or locality.
The Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen investigation team has decades of combined investigation experience and includes former Virginia State Troopers. Our lead investigator served in the Virginia State Police for over 30 years and retired as a Lieutenant and Unit Commander. Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen investigators have completed state sponsored courses in “on scene investigation”, advanced accident investigation, and accident scene photography. One of our investigators previously worked for the highway scale unit which stops and checks commercial vehicles looking for dangerous conditions and safety regulation violations like bad brakes, expired inspection stickers, improperly secured cargo, driver’s license suspensions and overweight vehicles.
We Bring In The Experts
Sometimes major commercial truck accidents require additional investigation and special expertise. Your tractor trailer accident attorney from Allen & Allen may turn to experts outside the law firm to assist in the investigation of your case and its preparation for trial. A trucking industry expert may review vehicle maintenance records or a truck driver’s personnel file to determine if the truck driver or his employer failed to comply with federal motor carrier safety regulations. A mechanical or safety engineer may examine the truck or tractor trailer involved in your accident to determine whether a mechanical failure is responsible for the accident. After considering vehicle damage, skid, scuff, gouge, and yaw marks as well as other information, an accident reconstructionist may work out how and why your accident happened.
Our tractor trailer accident attorneys are dedicated to thorough case preparation. We work with investigators and experts every day to gather the essential facts that will support a successful outcome in our clients’ cases.
Give us a call at 866-388-6408 for a free consultation. The tractor trailer accident lawyers at Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen know how to help truck accident victims and their families.