Commercial Accidents Are More Common Than You Think
IF you have been injured in a commercial truck or auto accident you need an experienced personal injury attorney to help with medical costs and lost wages.
Auto crashes that involve commercial vehicles and semi-trucks often end in catastrophe, including severe injury and death. This is due to the difference in size and weight of the vehicles involved. In most cases, the accident involves drivers that are distracted, or who are suffering from fatigue due to long hours on the road. When a driver falls asleep at the wheel, we can hire sleep deprivation experts to discuss the consequences of driving under the influence of fatigue to assist us in making the case.
The attorneys at R.E. Lopez & Associates know what steps to take when it comes to cases like this, such as sending preservation letters to ensure the integrity of the case and preserve evidence from the get-go. We can also obtain a copy of the trucks data records.
If you’ve been injured due to a crash with a semi-truck or another commercial vehicle, please contact our firm of personal injury attorneys today for a free, no obligation consultation.
Cases involving semi-trucks and commercial vehicles can be very complicated, so gathering as much evidence as possible early in the process is critical. If you or a loved one has been the victim of an accident involving a semi-truck or commercial vehicle, the first step is to contact our office as soon as possible. Our experienced team of personal injury attorneys is ready to fight for you. All too often, important evidence gets deleted, disappears, or becomes unavailable only days after the accident. Some of the evidence in these cases are vehicle inspections, the drivers contact information, skid marks, and crash debris. Contacting our firm as quickly as possible after the accident will allow our team to preserve evidence, which will help to build your case, and maximize the chances of getting you the settlement you deserve.
Our experts will perform inspections on the truck or commercial vehicle involved to detect any service violations that may be present, such as brake malfunction or misalignment. Due to technological advances, many semi-trucks and commercial vehicles are equipped with GPS devices that monitor the routes and movement of the vehicle, making comparison to the records of log books more efficient. These GPS records may also enable our experts to determine the speed of the vehicle. This information could also be available through the vehicles airbag control module, or ACM. The ACM holds valuable information regarding the cruise control, whether the steering wheel was turned at the time of the crash, brake engagement, and much more.
R.E. Lopes & Associates also retains cell phone experts who can request and download the history of the driver’s cell phone usage. This will give us access to information like, internet usage, texts, and call history. This information can help build your case and prove whether the driver was distracted when the accident occurred.
The operation of commercial vehicles is governed by federal rules and regulations enforced by the Department of Transportation, and sometimes other federal agencies. The Department of Transportation enforces strict pre-employment screening and ongoing drug testing for all commercial vehicle drivers. The DOT also requires thorough inspections of the vehicle by the driver after every shift, and documentation regarding any maintenance or repair issues that require attention. They enforce the maximum amount of time for service to make sure that the possibility of a fatigued driver getting behind the wheel is dramatically reduced. The Department of Transportation and other federal regulations prohibit the drivers of commercial vehicles from texting and driving. This action is defined as “manually entering alphanumeric text into, or reading text from, an electronic device.” Unfortunately, there are companies in the industry that are either unaware, or blatantly ignore some of the rules and regulations that apply to them, which can result in catastrophic accidents.
In many cases, drivers have fabricated portions of their log books to work outside of the regulations imposed by the DOT regarding the amount of time they can legally operate the vehicle. Some companies encourage their drivers to break the law with incentives if they drive faster and for longer periods of time.
No matter how the accident happens, when truck and commercial vehicle accidents occur due to driver negligence, the law affords you the foundation to seek compensation of any losses incurred. This may include lost wages, property damages, medical expenses, and any negative impact on future earnings.
R.E. Lopez & Associates has successfully prosecuted many of these cases, and we encourage you to call our office today to schedule a free, no obligation consolation, and get the compensation you deserve.