Holding Truckers and Trucking Companies Responsible
An accident caused by a negligent truck driver or trucking company can be disastrous as well as legally complex. Most trucking companies employ their own attorneys, investigators, and specialists to protect their business interests when an accident occurs. With so much at stake, an accident victim must ensure that his or her needs are protected, just as those of the trucking company are.
At D'Amico, Griffin and Pettinicchi, LLC, we have years of experience representing people who have been injured in trucking accidents. We know the rules and regulations that apply to trucking companies, and use that information to benefit our clients.
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Trucking Company Rules and Regulations
Trucking companies have all kinds of requirements that establish their duties. At D'Amico, Griffin and Pettinicchi, LLC, we know these requirements, and use that knowledge to benefit our clients who have been injured in trucking accidents. We investigate the following in building a case for injured clients:
- Tracking systems — Most semi trucks have a "black box" which records important information that can be used for evidence in an accident case. Possible evidence could include: Speed during the accident, brake condition, use of seat belts, engine speed, etc.
- Driver log books — Drivers are required to keep a log book containing information about miles driven per day, hours off duty, and more. This information can reveal whether the driver was fatigued.
- Radio recordings — Radio recordings between a driver and dispatch center can provide solid evidence in a case. These recordings are often taped.
- Driver qualification files — All trucking companies are required to maintain driver qualification files, which include information from state agencies (what states a driver has driven in,) prior employer contracts, copies of violations of motor traffic laws, DOT physical reports, and more.
- Other information — We look at accident registers, traffic violation convictions, alcohol and drug tests, satellite tracking systems, recording devices, trip summaries, toll tickets, fuel receipts, weight tickets, and other information to give us a better idea of how and why an accident happened.
In order to seek the best results for a truck accident victim, an attorney needs to understand how trucking companies handle an accident case. As an experienced law firm, we are aware of the rules and regulations that apply to trucking companies. This is helpful in investigating and litigating truck accident cases.
For more information about trucking litigation, call our Watertown, Connecticut lawyers at 866-751-5691, or contact us online.