Updated September 1, 2019 | By Wilson Kehoe Winingham staff
Accidents involving large commercial trucks, such as semis and tractor-trailers, are all too common on the nation’s roadways. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were more than 150,000 truck accidents in the United States in 2017, leading to more than 4,500 fatalities and 75,000 injuries.
After these accidents happen, investigations immediately take place and are often more complicated than other automobile accident investigations. It is important for you to have an attorney on your side to navigate the process of investigation and collect evidence for you.
Other than local law enforcement services, there are several parties that investigate truck accidents.
Directly after an accident, the truck driver is responsible for contacting the trucking company. The company then immediately sends out a team of investigators to the accident scene. Depending on the severity of the accident, that team can include lawyers, experts, and interviewers.
Occasionally, state authorities also launch an investigation.
Part of your attorney’s job is to collect evidence. The types of evidence that are especially important to preserve after truck accidents include inspection reports, black box information, and high-tech devices.
Otherwise, depending on the specifics of the accident, investigations may include collecting evidence such as:
Further research on the part of your legal team may include reviewing camera footage, interviewing witnesses and medical staff, and consulting with accident reconstruction experts.
Determining who should be held responsible for a truck accident is complicated because there are so many parties at play, multiple of which could be held responsible. Those parties include:
Just like in any other accident case, a negligent party must be identified. Your legal team can help you establish who was liable for the accident.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a truck accident, contact the Indianapolis Truck Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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