We are experienced truck accident attorneys who win cases against trucking companies.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you need to hire an attorney that knows how truck companies operate and can create a solid investigation strategy that protects your rights.
The truck accident attorneys at Welcenbach Law Offices act quickly to try to secure evidence, to obtain police reports and other information about the truck driver and truck company and to hire their own expert to investigate and recreate the accident.
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The truck accident investigation process is the most crucial part of handling a truck case.
Our crucial first step starts with issuing a "preservation letter" to the truck company and their insurance company requesting that they preserve all evidence.
We also obtain a lot of information through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on the past conduct of the truck company and their drivers.
Once the lawsuit is started, requests will be served upon the truck company and their driver asking them to answer specific questions and to produce documents - these are called Interrogatories and Request for Production of Documents.
Many of the documents we request are required to be maintained under federal law. Others are internal documents of the truck company themselves.
Interrogatories and Request for Production of Documents will be sent requesting items such as the driver's employment information including; their application, employment history, prior criminal history, hours log, licensing, medical information, drug testing information and other information about the driver.
The truck company will be asked to provide their policies and procedures, training, hiring and supervision policies and information relating to the vehicle itself- including its maintenance history, GPS data, black box Data recording, cell phone data and other communication data between the company and its drivers.
Sometimes a physical examination of the truck will be requested, although many times the truck company will have already altered the evidence and placed the truck back in service.
The next step in our process would be to depose the truck driver, the truck company safety director, other employees, the investigating police officers, witnesses and other individuals who may have knowledge about the truck company, truck driver or the accident itself.