Investigating Trucking Companies
Personal Injury Lawyers Who Help Truck Accident Victims Fight Back
If you've been injured in a truck accident, our firm conducts a thorough investigation to find out what happened. Many times, we discover negligence on the part of the truck driver. But sometimes, it was the trucking company's negligence that led to your crash. When this happens, the truck accident attorneys at Ausman Law Firm, P.C., L.L.O. hold them accountable.
After a truck accident, it's not unusual for a trucking company to have one of their investigators on the scene quickly. They are looking for evidence, too. But they're not going to share what they found with us. That's why we conduct our own investigation.
We know where to look to find evidence that matters. We take quick action to preserve evidence that proves negligence on the part of the driver of the trucking company. This includes:
- Hours of Service (HOS) Logs: Federal regulations limit the number of hours truck drivers can spend behind the wheel. Drivers must take mandatory breaks after a certain amount of time. Truck drivers are required to keep a log that records their hours of service. This log notes whether or not the driver was fatigued after exceeding the maximum hours of service-possibly because the delivery schedule was not realistic.
- Hiring and Supervision Records: Trucking companies are required to conduct background checks of the drivers they hire. This is to ensure the drivers are safe and qualified to operate a truck. A company is negligent if it fails to conduct this background check, or knowingly hires a driver with a history of traffic violations.
- Maintenance Records: Trucking companies must perform regular maintenance of the trucks in their fleet and promptly repair any problems. We'll check to see if the company kept their trucks safe and in good working order.
- Black Box Data: Most trucks are equipped with "black boxes" (also known as electronic control modules or event data recorders) that record information about the truck's operation. This information can help us determine whether the driver was speeding or operating recklessly at the time of the crash.
Trucking companies and their insurance companies will do everything they can to get out of paying you the compensation you deserve. We know the tactics they use and how to build a strong case that can't be ignored.
If you've been injured in a truck accident in Nebraska or Iowa, contact us for a free consultation. Don't delay. The sooner you talk to us, the faster we can take action to preserve evidence that helps your case.