Investigating Truck Companies after an Accident
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Dealing with trucking companies after a truck accident can be difficult and frustrating. After an accident occurs, trucking companies will often go to great lengths to cover up any wrongdoing on their part, or on the part of their driver. This may even include falsifying records and tampering with evidence.
That’s why you need an experienced attorney on your side who knows how to handle even the most complex claims. Contact our law firm today in Hutchinson, Salina, Wichita, Garden City, or Dodge City, Liberal, or Hays and find out how we can help you.
When trucking companies violate federal guidelines
Trucking companies don’t always comply with federal standards. As a result, their negligence can put countless road users at risk.
When investigating a trucking company, an attorney at our law firm will scrutinize the following violations:
- Falsifying or changing records: If a trucking company’s failure to comply with the law caused an accident, they may attempt to falsify or change records relating to the maintenance and inspection of their vehicles, as well as federally mandated breaks of their drivers.
- Hiring unlicensed or inexperienced drivers: The trucking industry has such a high turnover rate, some trucking companies hire drivers who don’t have a valid CDL license, or whose licenses are expired. While not illegal, many companies will hire drivers with little or no experience. In both cases, trucking companies will attempt to cover this up after a crash occurs.
- Overloaded or unsecured cargo: Sometimes trucking companies will urge drivers to load as much cargo as possible, even if it violates federal guidelines. When cargo isn’t properly secured, it can spill out onto the roadways, placing other road users in danger of being struck.
- Poorly maintained vehicles: By law, trucking companies must ensure that their vehicles are properly inspected and safe to operate.
Our attorneys will gather the facts
The attorneys at Bretz Injury Law have seen just how catastrophic a single truck accident can be. Crash victims often sustain severe injuries that result in months of physical therapy and time spent away from work, unable to collect a paycheck. At worst, a fatal accident can be devastating to the family of a crash victim. We’ll examine any federal laws that may have been violated and use the facts to help you build a solid claim.