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Trucking Accidents

Trucking Accidents

trucking-image 1 lfCases involving Commercial Motor Vehicles are drastically different than the typical run-of-the-mill automobile collision. The term “Commercial Motor Vehicle” includes eighteen-wheelers, dump trucks, box trucks, freightliners, bucket trucks and a vast array of other large vehicles. There are volumes of Federal and State laws that apply to specific types of commercial motor vehicles as well as to the industries that require them. It is absolutely critical that you hire a truck accident attorney who is familiar with the law and has experience in handling trucking and commercial vehicle collision cases specifically so that every potential violation is explored.

Typical factors leading to commercial motor vehicle collisions include:

  • Driver fatigue due to long hours
  • The use of alcohol, over-the-counter and/or illegal drugs
  • Failure to maintain a proper lookout
  • Failure to secure a load resulting in a lost load or spillage
  • Overloading the vehicle
  • Failure to properly maintain the vehicle braking system
  • Speeding
  • Reckless or grossly negligent driving
  • Irresponsible hiring or retaining of negligent, careless or reckless drivers
  • Improperly inflated tires
  • Failure to properly train drivers and/or loaders
  • Violation of the Federal Hours of Service Rules

The companies that operate commercial motor vehicles and their insurance companies typically have damage control personnel on staff who are trained to respond to collisions immediately to try to minimize the potential liability exposure of the company for their negligent conduct. It can be critical to your case that your experienced Dallas trucking accident team of lawyers act quickly to obtain and document any evidence before it disappears. We will begin our investigation immediately, and we have experts ready to go at any time.

Knowing what to look for and how to obtain the information is very important in trucking cases. Your attorney must be qualified to determine which of the following actions are required immediately after a commercial motor vehicle collision:

  • Examine the black box that records truck speeds and brake applications
  • Investigate truck driver activities recorded on GPS systems
  • Review drivers’ log books and federally-required records of pre-trip and post-trip inspections
  • Obtain receipts, bills of lading, orders and other documentation of the load
  • Acquire driving histories, drug and alcohol tests
  • Subpoena vehicle maintenance records
  • Secure photos, statements and police reports
  • Obtain toll tags, records and vehicle weight tickets
  • Examine pay stubs and work records
  • Take measurements of skid marks, vehicle damage and the scene

trucking-image 3 lfAt Henley & Henley, P.C., we have qualified attorneys ready to take immediate steps to preserve evidence and uncover the true facts.

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