Accidents involving an 18-wheeler hitting a car or light truck are often much more complicated than other types of traffic accidents. That’s because there are many laws that apply exclusively to trucking companies and their drivers. As such, it’s important that you contact an attorney who is experienced in handling 18-wheeler cases – such as the lawyers at Morrow, Gates & Morrow – if you are injured in a trucking accident.
Having an attorney who is experienced in these types of cases is vital because there are laws that may apply not only to the truck driver, but to the trucking company, the owner of the trailer being pulled by the truck or even the cargo contained in the trailer. A knowledgeable attorney will have the skill and experience to navigate all of these factors as well as various rules that apply specifically to the trucking industry.
Another major issue that comes up in 18-wheeler cases is the fact that trucking companies will often go to great lengths to protect themselves. They will perform a thorough investigation by examining the accident scene, inspecting the vehicles involved in the accident and gathering data from the truck’s “black box” (which records information on speed, steering, braking, etc.). However, if the accident victim does not ask the trucking company for this information, it may be suppressed or destroyed. That’s why it’s vital that you hire an attorney who will make sure that this information is gathered and analyzed to aid in your case against the trucking company.