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How do truck accident investigations take shape?

Any time that a person in Charleston is involved in a car accident, piecing together the evidence that shows how the accident occurred is crucial in determining who might be legally responsible for any damages. Truck accidents require the same kind of investigation, but also involve some other steps when it comes to preparing for litigation against a responsible party. So how does a truck accident investigation take shape?

Following the immediate accident investigation, preserving certain evidence can be critical to later proving any legal claims. For example, many commercial trucks have GPS and speed tracking systems, as well as a cabin recorder, that can provide important information about the driver and the truck and anything that may have caused the truck accident. Thus, injured victims should consider having an attorney get a court order to prevent the truck company from potentially destroying this important data.

In addition to securing evidence from the accident scene and from the truck, injured people who are pursuing legal claims may also want to dig into the truck company's history. Company policies and procedures can be indicative of how the truck company operates with regard to safety. Likewise, any reports about the company from the Department of Transportation should detail prior violations of federal trucking regulations, and accident statistics for the company.

Like investigating the truck company, it is important to look into the truck driver's past. The driver's training and experience can show whether he or she were prepared to be driving. Likewise, his or her driving record, which includes traffic tickets and any safety violations, may reveal information that could be important in a legal case.

Commercial truck accidents can produce serious injuries and damages. People in West Virginia who are involved in such an accident should understand how to move forward with seeking compensation from the responsible parties.

Source: Huffington Post, "A Brief Introduction to Commercial Truck Accident Litigation," Brad Reid, Sept. 19, 2016

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