Commercial trucks are often massive vehicles that are difficult to operate
safely, and as such they cause numerous accidents every year. Because
trucking insurance companies are in business to both protect themselves
and their clients from liability, they will often do everything they can
to give themselves an advantage. Therefore, knowing what these companies
might do can help you properly prepare and take the appropriate actions
when you are injured in an accident.
Accident Scene Investigators
Trucking companies will often have teams of investigators out to accident
scenes within mere hours of an accident happening. These investigators
will start combing through the wreckage to look for evidence and possibly
even start cleaning up and removing it for testing at a different facility
once its initial state has been documented.
That being said, these investigators are on the insurance company’s
payroll and therefore not on your side. It’s not uncommon for little
to no evidence that supports your side of the claim to be revealed in
these investigation findings. And in still other instances, critical information
such as black box recordings or odometers have mysteriously gone “missing”
after these investigators are done with their work.
Protecting the Evidence
With trucking companies having so many additional resources, what can you
do to protect the evidence you need to support your claim and hold them
accountable? The first step you should follow is to immediately reach
out to an Austin truck accident attorney. While you might be injured,
a lawyer can handle the complex legal battle that might ensue while you
The first thing your lawyer will likely do is file a restraining order
against the insurance company and the trucking company to preserve the
evidence and prevent them from destroying or losing any of it. Violating
the terms of this order can have serious criminal consequences so companies
have a strong incentive to listen to them.
Second, your attorney may choose to hire expert witnesses and an investigative
team of their own to comb through the wreckage and obtain evidence that
you can submit in support of your case. This can include recreation of
the accident to determine just how you sustained the injuries in question
and point to any liability that the trucking company (and thus their insurance
company) have as a result of the accident.
Reach out to The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC today by dialing (512) 271-5112 if you or a loved one has sustained a
serious injury as a result of a commercial trucking accident.