How Are Truck Accidents Different from Car Accidents?
Truck accident cases can be more complicated than car accident claims. Because many different parties may be held liable for your injuries, you may be contending with multiple insurance and underinsurance policies at once. Many companies will send their accident investigators to the scene immediately, with the goal of offering the lowest settlement possible.
Also, the trucking industry is governed by federal law, so truckers and their employers must comply with strict rules that do not apply to other motorists. In addition to maintaining regular logs during their shifts, trucks must be equipped with “black box” data recorders that can provide detailed information about how the accident occurred, such as how the truck was operated before the wreck (engine speed, brake applications, throttle position, etc.) and even how long the driver was on the road. This can provide a host of valuable information to investigators, but it is evidence that can quickly be overwritten as new truck data is generated. That is why it is crucial to contact a qualified truck accident lawyer like the ones at the Atlanta-based Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates as soon as possible following your truck accident. You won’t be able to get the black box yourself, but an attorney can help you obtain that data before it is lost.