Trucking is a Business
It is important to understand that trucking is a business often involving millions of dollars in annual earnings. Trucking companies have significant financial exposure in truck accidents and a vested interest to protect their profits. Therefore, trucking cases are more contentious then your typical car accident.
One of the ways trucking companies protect their profits is by deploying a "Rapid Response" team that can be on the scene of an accident within a few hours. It is not uncommon for an accident reconstructionist, insurance investigator and an attorney for the trucking company to be on the scene of a truck accident before the police have finished their scene investigation. Legal advice is only a phone call away and the companies attorney is often on the phone with the truck driver while in route to the scene. If the trucker is arguably at fault in causing serious injury or death, the investigation may result in criminal charges so the attorney may advise the truck driver to refuse give police a statement. At a minimum the company attorney will counsel the truck driver on his/her version of the facts in order to sanitize the truckers statement to the police. This also creates an attorney-client privilege and limits subsequent discovery by plaintiff's attorney.
We recently had a case where the insurance investigator for the trucking company talked to nearby businesses and found witnesses the police were not even aware of because their investigation only included witnesses in vehicles... not nearby businesses.
Getting investigators on the scene of an accident is standard practice for trucking companies. There are many forensic engineering companies providing "Rapid Response" teams in every state of the country that are on-call 24-hours around the clock.
The Truck Lawyers maintains its own "Rapid Response" teams for truck accidents anywhere in the country. Our "Rapid Response" teams collect important evidentiary data that makes it easier for a jury to understand the cause of the crash.
Our "Rapid Response" team investigates and documents skid marks, gouges in the pavement, debris and resting places of the vehicles. They may take a 3-D computer rendering of the vehicles and scene that can be used by professional accident reconstructionists to re-create the accident. While local or State police will conduct their own investigation it is important to bring in a professional engineer as soon as possible. A police officers conclusions may not be admissible at trial because investigating officers are usually trained in accident investigation... not accident reconstruction.
Finally, it's important to download data from the truck's Electronic Control Module (e.g. black box) as soon as possible. Truck companies often make immediate repairs and get the truck back on the road thereby overwriting accident data. This effectively prevents victims from inspecting the truck's data. Therefore it is imperative that you bring in The Truck Lawyers as soon as possible after an accident.
Trucking is a business and trucking companies are in business to make money. The Truck Lawyers are in business to crush trucking companies that put profits before people.
Trucking companies have expert accident reconstructionists, insurance investigators and attorney(s) protecting their interests. Who is protecting your interests?
Put our Rapid Response team to work for you. Call us today for a free no-hassle consultation at (844) 800-8900.