Investigations Following Your Georgia Truck Accident
If you have been injured in a truck accident or lost your loved one to such an accident, it is important that certain investigations take place as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. You will need the assistance of an skilled truck accident attorney who will walk you through the steps to gathering the evidence you need to fully build your potential truck accident case. Truck accidents commonly result in considerable injuries or even death. The victims of these accidents and their families will likely require considerable compensation to offset their losses, which should include monetary recovery for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Truck accident investigations are usually more involved than car accident investigations, making it even more important to have knowledgeable counsel. The following is a look at some essential investigation areas that you and your attorney should address:
Driver Qualification File
One of the first pieces of evidence your attorney will likely help you obtain is the Driver Qualification File (DQF). All trucking companies are required to maintain this file in accordance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Every driver employed will have a DQF and information within this file can prove vital to your case. The file will include, among other things:
• The driver's employment application
• Driving records, including records of any accidents the driver has been involved in
• Alcohol and blood test administration and results
• Copies of all valid licenses
• Road test results
• Vehicle maintenance records
• Employment records, including any terminations from other employers
Your lawyer will be able to obtain a copy of the DQF of the truck driver responsible for your accident. The information within it can then be reviewed to uncover any evidence of liability that will assist in your case.
Hours of Service Logs
Federal regulations also require that the trucker and trucking company maintain a record of the driver's hours spent on the road, as well as hours resting and sleeping. The hours of service log book will contain records of where a driver was headed, when he or she left, when stops were made, when the driver slept, and much more. Your truck accident lawyer can obtain these records and review them to determine whether the driver was in compliance with federal and state regulations. If the driver, for instance, did not take the necessary number of breaks in the time preceding your accident, this could form evidence of negligence.
These are just two important pieces of evidence that should be obtained during investigations, among others. Your truck accident attorney will be able to further guide you through the investigatory process to build your strong truck accident case.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Experienced Georgia Truck Accident Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact the Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our dedicated law firm provides professional assistance to accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. We have over 35 years of experience and will strive to provide you with the zealous representation you need to mount your strongest case. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.