The Importance Of Early Investigation Of A Truck Accident


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The Importance Of Early Investigation Of A Truck Accident

 

It is a well-known fact that most truck accidents involve either serious injury or wrongful death. This is mainly due to the huge disparity in size and weight between a tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle. When 80,000 pounds meets a 5000-pound car, the car loses.

 

Many large trucking companies have in-house quick response teams to investigate serious injury and wrongful death truck accidents immediately after the call comes in. They have attorneys and experts on retainer and available to immediately dispatch to the accident scene to gather information to defend a case.

 

Additionally, the commercial insurance companies who insure truck drivers and trucking companies also maintain attorneys and consultants who are on retainer and readily available to investigate the claim immediately. Many times the insurance companies representatives are at the scene of a serious truck accident before the vehicles are even moved.

 

One recent tactic we have seen by insurance carriers and their attorneys is to seek to put the truck back in service as quickly as possible and from their perspective, hopefully before the victims representatives can inspect the truck. Many if not most 18-wheelers today have some form of onboard computer that records speed, braking and other important information and it is very important such information be preserved.

 

The scene itself can provide a wealth of information for attorneys seeking to hold the truck driver or the trucking company accountable or for the attorney paid by the insurance company. Skid marks, debris and couches in the roadway can all be critical in determining such things as the point of impact, speed of the vehicles and issues regarding the application of the brakes.

 

When you have lost a family member the last thing anyone wants to do is to worry about a lawsuit or hiring a truck accident attorney. It is a time where a family comes together and where it is almost impossible for some people to function let alone worry about a potential case. Yet, it is this very time that is critical to a family’s financial future and one where the family should take steps to secure the best Austin truck accident lawyer they can find.

 

If you or your loved one has been in a serious truck accident and would like to speak with an Austin truck accident attorney please contact Greg Baumgartner for a no obligation consultation.

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