Investigating Trucking Companies
Our Portland truck accident lawyers help you recover financial compensation
When you’ve been hurt in a truck accident, it can be difficult to determine the cause of your crash. This makes recovering financial compensation for your injuries even more complicated. Trucking companies aren’t likely to cooperate. The experienced truck accident attorneys at Jabar LaLiberty & Dubord, LLC know how to investigates trucking companies to get the facts.
When a truck accident happens on the road, trucking companies often quickly send their own investigators to the scene. These investigators are searching for evidence that belongs to the trucking company. This evidence can provide valuable information that can help determine the cause of the crash. They’re not interested in sharing that evidence with you.
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That’s why our legal team conducts our own investigation. Our attorneys know that trucking companies are in possession of crucial evidence. That’s why we take legal action to gain access to it. This evidence can include:
- Hours of Service (HOS) Logs: Because drivers can become fatigued, there are federal regulations that limit the number of hours a truck driver can spend on the road. These regulations also state that drivers must take regular breaks. Records of hours of service must be kept, usually electronically.
- “Black Box” Data: Truck are equipped with an event data recorder, or electronic control module. This is sometimes referred to as the truck’s “black box.” It records data about the operation of the truck prior to the crash. This data can include speed, steering patterns, braking and acceleration.
- Employment Records: It is the responsibility of trucking companies to ensure that the drivers they hire are qualified and have a good driving record. Employment records could contain information about previous accidents, moving violations or even drug use.
- Maintenance Records: Trucks need to be regularly maintained and any needed repairs need to be made promptly. Failing to meet this responsibility is negligence and increases the risk of an accident on the road.
In any case that involves a truck subject to federal regulations, our analysis of the evidence determines whether there was a violation of a regulation and, if so, how that violation contributed to the accident. When we discover evidence of negligence, we fight to hold negligent trucking companies accountable.
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Our lawyers also determine the damages you have suffered in the truck accident and demand compensation. This includes compensation for all medical expenses related to your injuries – both now and in the future. It includes compensation for lost wages if you couldn’t work. It may include compensation for other damages, such as pain and suffering.
Jabar LaLiberty & Dubord, LLC has decades of experience handling serious injury cases in Maine. We understand trucking accidents and the people involved in defending against your claims. Whether through settlement or a trial, we have successfully recovered tens of millions of dollars for our injured clients.