Trucking Investigations and Regulations
Trucking accidents can lead to some of the most catastrophic collisions on our roadways. The sheer magnitude of large commercial vehicles makes these accidents particularly devastating. Every year, nearly 5,000 people are involved in fatal truck accidents in the U.S. alone. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania has one of the highest truck accident rates in the United States.
It is a sad fact that many of these accidents could have been avoided. They are often due to negligence on the part of the truck driver, the trucking company or even its manufacturer. Truck accidents present a variety of legal complexities that must be resolved in order to secure the best possible compensation for a victim or victims, and it is important to start building your case from the very beginning. A truck accident lawyer should be present at the scene of the accident alongside on-the-scene police. It is crucial that a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in these complex types of accidents is present at the scene in order to gather crucial information about the specific causes of the accident. You can be sure that the trucking company will have a lawyer at the scene of the accident gathering information for their case, so it is imperative that you do as well.
A truck accident attorney will pay critical attention to the various causes which lead to the accident. They are experienced in investigating truck accidents and will know the key factors to look for. For instance, they will know that one of the primary components of understanding the cause of the accident will be to investigate the truck’s black box. These electronic recorders have stored information regarding before, during and after the collision. It will have the truck driver’s logged hours recorded, so we will know if a fatigued driver did not take the mandatory stops and breaks in order to stay alert on the road. Neglect to stop and rest is a critical mistake that often leads to impaired driving and consequently trucking accidents. Black boxes have proven extremely helpful in understanding the causes for a trucking collision. However, without a truck accident attorney present at the scene, it will be very difficult to gain access to this critical piece of your case.
With McEldrew Law, you can count on our investigative attorneys to be on the scene of the accident collecting the crucial information necessary to win your case. We will conduct critical interviews with witnesses, the truck driver and on-the-scene individuals such as the first response team and police. These testimonies may prove to be indispensible in future proceedings during which these witnesses could be called upon for sworn depositions. Without a lawyer present at the scene, this opportunity is lost.
At McEldrew Law we understand the complex legal issues that are associated with these catastrophic accidents. We have the knowledge, resources and investigative skills it takes to conduct a thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances of your case. Our presence at the scene of an accident can ensure that you get full and fair compensation for your truck accident claim.
At McEldrew Law, we take all truck accident injury claims on a contingency basis, and will only charge you attorney fees if we are able to obtain financial compensation for your losses. We urge you to call us today at 1-800-590-4116 for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident.
Due to truck safety concerns the Federal and State government have put into service administrations such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Surface Transportation Board. These regulatory bodies ensure that trucking companies meet basic regulations for vehicle maintenance, truck driving times, and other factors which can increase the risk of trucking accidents. Basic requirements also include testing truck drivers for alcohol and drug use.
Commercial trucking regulations were enacted to safe-guard our nation’s roadways by thwarting preventable accidents. Trucking companies must abide by these laws, but unfortunately many regulations are often ignored or neglected. That is why if you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident it is crucial to hire a trucking accident attorney who is versed in the trucking regulations and complexities of these often catastrophic accidents.
At McEldrew law we have expert knowledge regarding these regulations and will look at truck driver logs, company records, and other safety reports filed with regulatory agencies. During our in depth investigation, we will search for evidence of drug or alcohol abuse by the truck driver, as well as evidence that documents have been falsified or completed after the fact. Our purpose is to identify any regulatory standards that have been ignored or neglected in order to build the strongest case possible in your behalf and win you the compensation you deserve.
Please browse this site for more information regarding trucking regulations and visit the following link for an overview of Federal and State Regulations concerning Interstate Motor Operations: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration-licensing/licensing/overview.htm
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, and you have questions about whether or not the trucking regulations have been violated, we urge you to call McEldrew Law to review your case today. There is no obligation and no fee until we recover damages on your behalf. Call 1-800-590-4116 now.