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Large Truck / Tractor-Trailer Accident Investigation

Large Truck / Tractor-Trailer Accident Investigation

Charlotte NC  Large Truck / Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer

It is imperative when investigating an accident to move quickly, especially with a large truck/tractor-trailer accident due to the likelihood of higher damages and greater injury.

The Insurance Company Investigation

Investigating the accident right away will help to hold the truck driver accountable. Most trucking companies have an insurer that will attempt to gather evidence within hours of the accident to prove their was no negligence on the part of the trucker.

In some instances trucking company or their insurance company have been known to send investigators to the scene while the police are still there. The investigator needs to gather any and all evidence that might help them prove the truck driver is not responsible for the collision.

Eyewitness Accounts

One of the most important things in a case can be the testimony of a witness. An independent witness to the accident should be interviewed as soon as possible following the crash, since it is still fresh in their mind. Most of the time the police report will list any witnesses on their report.

Police Investigation

The officer(s) involved in the investigation of you collision can play a significant role in your case. No, it is not often that an officer will actually have seen the collision occur, but the evidence that is gathered at the scene can make or break your case. Often times the officer can even be brought in to testify if your case went to trial to give their statement on the collision.

Within minutes of a serious crash an officer is there, responding to the call. They do a full investigation from photographing the scene and vehicles to measuring the skid marks on the road. Vehicles, fluids found leaking, and debris are all things that would be discussed in the report. If it is a serious or fatal collision, special crash teams are brought in to do accident reconstruction.

Most officers keep notebooks in their patrol cars and take down notes identifying eyewitnesses and quoting their statements. A personal interview with an investigating officer shortly after a crash can reward you and your attorney with useful information that may not be available later.

Contact the Large Truck / Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered a serious injury in a truck accident, contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly.  Call (855) 5-BICE-LAW today or submit an online request  to get a free consultation with a  large truck / tractor trailer accident attorneyWe serve families across both North and South Carolina.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

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Fatal Tractor-Trailer Accident

Charlotte NC Large Truck/Tractor Trailer Lawyer

Car accidents are horrifying experiences, large truck and tractor-trailer accidents are frequently more damaging.  Accidents involving a large truck or tractor-trailer often cause private property/infrastructure damage, serious injuries, and the loss of life

On an early August afternoon a tractor-trailer rear ended a car with its hazard lights flashing. Both the tractor-trailer and the car were thrown into the inside wall on the highway, causing a devastating explosion. The woman of the passenger car did not survive this traumatic crash.

The significant expenses related to an accident of this extremity are staggering to calculate. The cost to the individuals family for their loss is incalculable. The  property damage to the vehicle, not to mention the damage the semi did to the roadway would need to be factored in as well.

Contact the Large Truck / Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered a serious injury in a truck accident, contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly.  Call (855) 5-BICE-LAW today or submit an online request  to get a free consultation with a  large truck / tractor trailer accident attorneyWe serve families across both North and South Carolina.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

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Large Truck/Tractor Trailer Hazmat Regulations

Charlotte NC Large Truck/Tractor Trailer Lawyer

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has reviewed states nationwide to certify trucks that carry hazardous materials are meeting or going beyond the federal and state standards for transporting such materials in a safe and effective manner.  The findings showed 12 states with the best programs that promote hazmat safety; Ohio, New York, California, Colorado, Illinois, South Carolina, Kentucky, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Texas, and West Virginia.

 These states were put at the top of the list due to the offered programs and practices in several areas. The state of South Carolina offers prevention and safety efforts, such as offering training and safety courses for drivers, manufacturers, and shipping companies that make, transport, or use hazardous materials. Also included were efforts to enforce hazmat regulations, such as permits and inspections, and efforts to reduce the risk of injury to drivers, rescue workers, and the community if a truck accident did release of hazardous materials. Finally, the top states were rated based on the overall ability to decrease the number of hazardous-materials-related trucking accidents in the past five years.

 Contact the Large Truck / Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered a serious injury in a truck accident, contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly.  Call (855) 5-BICE-LAW today or submit an online request  to get a free consultation with a  large truck / tractor trailer accident attorneyWe serve families across both North and South Carolina.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

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Truck Accident Laws

Charlotte NC Large Truck/Tractor Trailer Lawyer

New Truck Accident Laws: Electronic On-Board Records

Truck driver fatigue is a frequent cause of accidents, due to many hours on the road. How frequent is a matter of opinion.

There are facts that are generating informed opinions thanks to the Federal Motor Safety Administration’s new Compliance Safety Accountability Program. Safety reporting is the defining feature of this program. One of my favorite aspects is the use of electronic on-board recovery. The new rule requires trucking companies who have violation rates of 10% or higher, with reference to discrepancies in time spent on the road and time recorded in their logs, to install recorders in all of their vehicles.

To really make this effective in society we would need to require electronic trucking logs in every vehicle. The problem of falsifying trucking logs has been well-known by truck accident lawyers for years. Unfortunately proof is hard to come by.

Trucking companies are now going to bring new pressure to bear on their drivers to keep accurate logs. Does this mean logs cannot be falsified? No. So this is not going to provide the truck accident lawyer any harder evidence to prove the driver fatigue case. In fact, it might just make our jobs more complicated because we all need to better understand the new electronic reports (and how they too can be altered). But while maybe not providing a boon to truck accident lawyers, this new rule might do an even better thing: prevent cases from getting to us in the first place.

Contact the Large Truck Accident Law Firm of Bice Law

If you have suffered a serious injury in a truck accident, contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly.  Call (855) 5-BICE-LAW today or submit an online request  to get a free consultation with a  large truck / tractor trailer accident attorneyWe serve families across both North and South Carolina.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

Posted on behalf of Bice Law June 13, 2012

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