Automobile crashes are the leading cause of death in this country. Frequently, these crashes involve large trucks. Investigating truck crashes takes expertise to sort through all possible causes of the crash, such as: Was the driver fit to be behind the wheel when hired? Was the driver properly trained? Was the truck overloaded? Was the driver fatigued (or worse yet impaired), and do the logbook entries of miles traveled and driving time match the GPS data recorded electronically by the employer? And who is the driver’s ACTUAL employer?
The key to digging into all these issues is in knowing where to look. The trucking industry is heavily regulated by an intricate web of federal and state laws and regulations. Knowledge of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations is necessary to find and follow the paper trail of driver, truck, load, and company.
We have investigated and litigated all these issues for our clients injured in heavy truck collisions. Frequently a lawsuit is necessary to chase the paper trail of the driver, the truck, the load, and the employer to determine the cause of a crash, and whether the driver and company were negligent.