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Some victims don’t know where to turn after a truck accident

On Behalf of | Nov 17, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Truck accidents can devastate a North Carolina family.

Just because of the size difference between semi-trucks and cars, victims of truck accidents often suffer severe injuries.

Assuming they survive, victims might suffer debilitating spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries. A truck accident can leave a Charlotte resident unable to support themselves and requiring constant medical and personal care.

Furthermore, trucking companies and those who insure them also have a lot at stake. Aside from having to pay on a large claim, trucking companies may worry about their reputations and ability to continue to earn profit. For these and other reasons, they might put up a stiff legal fight.

These issues can create a situation where a victim or the family feels overwhelmed and not sure where to turn.

A victim may have a lot of questions about what to do after a truck accident. Perhaps most importantly, they will want to know how get the compensation they need to move forward with their lives.

Investigations into truck accidents are complicated

One of the first steps in obtaining full compensation is to do a thorough investigation of what caused the accident.

In this respect, truck accidents can be more complicated than an investigation of an accident between two passenger cars.

There are a lot of factors that can cause a truck accident.

For example, because many accidents happen because of negligent truck maintenance, a victim’s legal team may need to examine the truck as well as the truck’s maintenance and other records.

The investigation should also include a review the truck’s electronic log and other information.  This information could reveal that the driver did not follow standard rules for taking periodic brakes or was showing signs of driving fatigued or carelessly.

Employment records may demonstrate that a shipper contracted with a truck driver without thoroughly checking their credentials to make sure they had the right qualifications and a good safety record.

Investigations into trucking accidents are complicated. The fact that truck drivers are subject to additional laws and regulations only makes the matter more complex. However, doing a proper investigation could mean the difference between getting adequate compensation and coming up short.