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After a Truck Accident

After a Truck Accident

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.

Fighting Back

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” otherwise.

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!


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