What to know about trucking accidents in Connecticut
When a serious truck accident occurs, operating companies could be held
liable for thousands or even millions of dollars in damages if they are
found to be at fault. In an effort to protect themselves, major carriers
and operators will send a team of investigators and legal professionals
to the scene to conduct a comprehensive search of the wreckage and start
gathering facts and evidence. While it’s a good thing that the process
for resolving the accident begins so quickly, this could be a double-edged
sword for those who have been hurt in the accident. This quick-response
team works for the trucking company, and gather evidence with the intent
of defending their employer if they are sued. This means you also should
take action quickly in order to protect your right to a fair trial.
Trucking Company Tactics
The reason that trucking companies are so swift when it comes to major
accidents is they want to control the evidence in your case. Trucking
companies can swiftly investigate their wreckage and remove any evidence
before you and your own team can get involved. By removing the wreckage
from the scene and conducting repairs, trucking companies can potentially
hide things such as negligent maintenance, defective parts, or even driver
error. People who are injured in truck accidents could sometimes find
that black box data from the accident has conveniently been “corrupted”
or rendered inaccessible from the accident. While destroying evidence
from a serious accident is illegal, it’s extremely hard to prove
that the evidence was tampered with in the first place.
Similarly, by obtaining witness statements not long after the accident,
insurance companies obtain the most reliable information, as memories
can fade with time.
All of this seems to be building a substantial case against you, so what
can you do in return to defend your rights to compensation? The easiest
way is to respond quickly and take actions of your own. Call a Hamden
truck accident attorney as soon as possible, discuss your case with them,
and have them immediately seek a temporary restraining order against the
trucking company to prevent them from destroying the wreckage or any other
evidence that may be beneficial. It’s not uncommon for trucking
companies to do this and declare this piece of vital information “lost”
Your attorney can then conduct an investigation of their own, possibly
with the assistance of a truck accident expert who will comb through the
wreckage for evidence to help your case. Your attorney will also seek
to obtain witness statements as soon as possible in order to preserve
the information for the rest of your case.
Finally, your attorney will formally request numerous pieces of evidence
that should be in the trucking company’s possession, including the
black box from the vehicle, GPS records, maintenance and driver logs,
safety inspection results, accident reports, state and federal certifications,
and more. Once your attorney has received these documents, they can analyze
it in order to determine whether the trucking company was indeed at fault
for the accident.
By conducting an investigation of your own, you can build a solid case
for your claim and effectively combat the defense set up by the trucking
company’s evidence gathering team. An experienced and skilled attorney
can use the results of this investigation to argue on your behalf and
demonstrate the negligence of the trucking company or driver, which could
make you eligible to receive compensation.
If you have been hurt in a truck accident,
Sette & Parnoff, PC can quickly and confidently handle your case. We bring more than 65 years
of combined experience to the table, including the knowledge and trial-tested
strategy that has recovered millions on behalf of our clients. Since opening
our doors more than 40 years ago, we have placed the utmost importance
on a client-centered approach that puts your best interests and desires
at the forefront of each of our decisions. We are not afraid of insurance
companies or their tactics, and we’ll take every necessary step
to obtain the solution you are seeking for your case.
Call Sette & Parnoff, PC today by dialing
(203) 285-3075 and ask to receive a free consultation!