How Do You Determine the Cause of a Texas Truck Accident?
Truck accidents typically involve serious injuries. If negligence caused the crash, a trucking company – and its insurer – could end up paying significant damages to anyone harmed by that negligence. With the stakes so high, insurance companies aggressively investigate and defend these cases.
Within hours after a crash, an insurance company may have a team of investigators, adjusters and lawyers on the case. They will be looking for ways to minimize the company’s losses. They may even make a settlement offer for an amount that is far below what a claim is actually worth.
This is why you should have a skilled and experienced truck accident lawyer on your side. The lawyer can move quickly to preserve, collect and analyze evidence that points to the cause of the accident and reveals whether another party’s negligence contributed to it. The lawyer can also determine the full extent of your losses and assess the amount of compensation that a full and fair settlement offer should provide.
At The Sloan Firm, we will get to the scene of your truck crash right away. We can take measurements and shoot photos of the vehicles, skid marks, debris and other items. We can also inspect your vehicle and the tractor-trailer involved in the wreck. As we move forward, we can gather other evidence as well such as:
- The truck driver’s logbook
- The truck driver’s cell phone records
- The vehicle’s inspection and maintenance records
- The truck driver’s toxicology test results
- The truck’s electronic data recorder (also called a “black box”)
- Trucking company hiring and training records
- Shipping documents such as bills of lading
- Statements from eyewitnesses.
Our law firm often consults with experts in accident reconstruction, engineering and other fields. They know how to examine evidence and determine the cause of truck crashes. They can also prepare reports and present their findings to the insurance company or a jury.
At The Sloan Firm, we believe that the time and resources we invest in truck accident investigations makes a major difference for our clients. When insurance companies realize that the odds are against their insured truck driver or trucking company, they are more likely to agree to a full and fair settlement. A settlement avoids the need to go to trial. If the insurer refuses to settle, then we are always ready to put on the strongest case possible.