We Investigate Trucking Companies After Houston Accidents
Our law firm knows how to find the evidence victims need
If you've been injured in a truck accident in Houston, you may be in for a difficult road ahead. Accidents involving large commercial vehicles can cause devastating injuries, and you may not know how to proceed. The bills may be piling up, especially if you can't work. And the trucking company may be reluctant to fairly compensate you for your injuries.
These complex claims are decided based on evidence, and the Houston truck accident lawyers at Tracey Fox & Walters know how to find that evidence. We thoroughly investigate trucking companies to find the information our clients need to move forward. Here's how.
- Hours of Service (HOS) log: Truck drivers work long hours and are vulnerable to becoming fatigued or even falling asleep at the wheel. That's why federal laws limit the number of hours truckers can drive before taking mandatory rest breaks. Truckers are required to keep a log of this information, and the trucking companies are required to preserve it, but only for a limited time. That's why our attorneys will immediately intervene to make sure the trucking company does not destroy the log.
- Hiring and Supervision records: The trucking company has a responsibility to make sure all drivers are properly trained and have a record of safe, responsible driving. Unfortunately, many trucking companies cut corners in the hiring process and put unsafe drivers behind the wheel. Our review of the records may show that the trucking company is liable for negligent hiring or negligent retention - that is, keeping a dangerous driver on the road even after becoming aware of a history of unsafe driving.
- "Black Box" navigational data: You may have heard of the "black box" mostly in the context of commercial airline accidents, but many trucks have a black box as well. The GPS data in the black box will tell us the truck's location, speed and direction of travel at the time of the crash, which may show that the trucker was speeding or otherwise driving recklessly. We'll also cross-reference this information with the hours of service log, which may show that the truck was moving when the trucker was supposedly taking a break.
- Maintenance records: The trucking company is responsible for keeping its trucks in good working order. Our review of maintenance records may show that the truck had problems with critical systems, such as the engine, brakes or tires, that were not repaired. Or we may find that repairs were performed, but negligence on the part of a mechanic caused them to be performed incorrectly, leading to an accident.
- Witness testimony. Witnesses are often the key to getting favorable results in truck accident cases. We'll interview people who witnessed the crash itself as well as others who may have relevant information. For instance, someone who saw the trucker at a rest stop may testify that he or she appeared tired or intoxicated before getting behind the wheel.
Remember, after a truck accident, the trucking company goes in with a built-in advantage: Most of this critical information is theirs. That's why you need to contact a Houston truck accident attorney right away. Our law firm can take immediate action to stop the trucking company from destroying or hiding evidence and fight for fair compensation for your injuries.
Take immediate action to protect your legal rights. Call our Houston office at (713) 495-2333 to schedule your free consultation.